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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

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

From the Editor: There’s a Lot You Can Do to Tackle Diabetes

In this month’s issue, we’re looking at how diet can influence blood sugar and your risk for diabetes. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to metabolize sugar, either because the pancreas produces little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes), a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar from the bloodstream into

Another HDL-Raising Drug Fails the Test

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol help protect against heart disease, which is why it is called the “good” cholesterol. People with naturally high levels of HDL have fewer heart attacks and strokes than those with lower levels. Yet it is becoming all too clear that raising HDL with

The Best Diet for Your Heart and Arteries

The Best Diet for Your Heart and Arteries

Your heart is part of your cardiovascular system, which also includes all of the arteries that transport oxygenated blood from your heart throughout your body, and the veins that transport blood back to your heart. Many cardiovascular diseases and events, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD),

High-Protein Diets May Benefit Heart Health, But Carbs Are Still Vital

High-Protein Diets May Benefit Heart Health, But Carbs Are Still Vital

High-protein diets have been a popular weight-loss trend for a while now. Plenty of people have boosted their protein intake, lowered their carbohydrate consumption, and watched the pounds disappear.
But is a high-protein diet right for those who are older and who have heart disease or related risk factors? Experts

Just for Women: Heart Attack Symptoms You Need to Know

Just for Women: Heart Attack Symptoms You Need to Know

Many women are far more concerned about the possibility that they will develop breast cancer than heart disease, but heart disease claims more than six times as many women’s lives each year as breast cancer does. What’s more, many women are unaware of the fact that they are at risk

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