Tag: heart disease

Select the Best Nuts and Seed Butters

Nut and seed butters naturally contain healthful, unsaturated fats that can help reduce the risk of several health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Nuts, seeds, and legumes, such as peanuts and soybeans, are also good sources of protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. However, some products also contain partially

Newsbriefs: Whole Grains; Gluten-Free Diet; Postmenopausal Women

Eat Whole Grains for More Weight Loss
Whole grains may help with weight loss by decreasing calories retained during digestion, say researchers whose findings appeared Feb. 8, 2017 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In the study, 81 people were provided with food that included either whole grains or refined

Seeds are Rich in Healthy Fat and Fiber

Although seeds may be small in size, they are big in nutrition. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the

A Diet that Helps Hypertension

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.
Hypertension can

Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia and Insulin Resistance

Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia and Insulin Resistance

Being plagued by excessive fatigue is bad enough, but problems with blood sugar regulation can also lead to even scarier downstream issues including heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, and more. Feeling sleepy all the time and being chronically fatigued are classic reactive hypoglycemia and insulin resistance symptoms.
The standard American

The “Normal Blood Sugar Range” May Be Misleading You

The “Normal Blood Sugar Range” May Be Misleading You

A fasting blood sugar test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood after you have not eaten for at least eight hours. Checking for an ideal fasting blood sugar is one of the most commonly performed tests to check for prediabetes and type 2

Q&A: Lectins; Omega-3s; Carrots

Q. What are lectins, and should we avoid beans, seeds and grains since they contain lectins?
A. George S. Ellmore, PhD, an associate professor in the department of biology at Tufts University, responds: “A lawyer might answer this question with, ‘It depends.’ Lectins are proteins from plants used to store nitrogen

Coming to Labels: Added Sugars

Last May, the FDA unveiled an updated Nutrition Facts label, which is required on packaged foods by July 2018 (small companies get an extra year). A big change to the label is listing the amount of “Added Sugars.” Those are sugars added by manufacturers. Although you should consider several aspects

Nourishing Your Microbiota

Microbes—bacteria and other tiny critters not visible to the naked eye but numbering in the trillions—are busy in your body. Many of these microbes benefit you. Others have the potential to cause harm. This community of microbes is called the microbiota. Their genes are called the microbiome.
“In recent years, we’ve

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