Tag: heart disease

What Causes Hypertension? Diet Plays a Huge Role

What Causes Hypertension? Diet Plays a Huge Role

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when the force at which your blood presses against the inside of your arteries is too great. Over time, hypertension can increase your risk for cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, stroke, and heart attack, as well as damaging your kidneys. But

Dark Chocolate’s Delicious Health Benefits

Of all the nutritional advice and information that’s come out in the last several years, the fact that chocolate contains beneficial nutrients is probably one of the most appreciated. Dark chocolate contains flavanols, compounds that act as powerful antioxidants. That may be why consuming dark chocolate has been shown to

Newsbriefs: Sugary Beverages; Saturated Fat; Alternate-Day Fasting

Some Beverages Linked to Stroke and Dementia
Research published April 20, 2017 in the journal Stroke suggests that people who consume more sugary beverages, such as soft drinks and fruit juices, are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volumes, and smaller hippocampal volumes (the hippocampus is an area

Building a Better Breakfast

Why is breakfast routinely touted as the most important meal of the day?  Because numerous health benefits have been linked to eating breakfast, including lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, improved focus and concentration, and maintaining a healthy weight. Other research suggests that bypassing breakfast may increase the

Vegetarian and Vegan Diets Are Becoming More Mainstream

If you think you’ll be missing out on a host of nutrients if you eat vegetarian or vegan, think again: Vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful and nutritionally adequate if they are appropriately planned, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Studies show that vegetarians and vegans tend to

Newsbriefs: Summer Salad; Trans Fats; Rosacea

Summer Salad Alert
Summer salads can make a tasty main meal or side dish, but be sure to thoroughly wash lettuce and other greens, even if they are packaged and pre-washed, to reduce your risk of the foodborne illness listeriosis. A study published in March 2017 in the Journal of Food

Sweet Drinks: Bad for Your Brain?

Could a sugary-drink habit—or the diet beverages you may consume instead—harm your brain? One recent study showed that regularly drinking sugary beverages, like soda and fruit drinks, was associated with signs of brain aging and declining memory. A second study showed that frequently drinking artificially-sweetened (diet) beverages was associated with

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