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9. Hydration and Healthy Beverages

Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet

2. Easy Ways To Get The Nutrition You Need

Eat Better, Save Money
A common misconception about trying to eat food that is more nutritious is that improving your diet has to cost more. “Healthy food is not necessarily expensive,” says Parke Wilde, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School who previously worked for the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

1. Eating Wisely As You Age

How Diet Makes a Difference
We all know that eating a healthy diet is important for growing children, and the obesity epidemic and soaring rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases dramatically demonstrate the need to eat right from young adulthood into middle age. But does what you eat

Newsbites: Sodium; Coconut; Belly Fat; Food Rankings; Fat

Sandwiches a Top Sodium Source
Dagwood Bumstead, the comic-strip character famed for his sandwiches, might want to check his blood pressure. A new analysis of national dietary data by USDA researchers reports that sandwiches account for one-fifth of average sodium intake, a key contributor to hypertension. Previous studies underestimated sandwich consumption

The Pros and Cons of “Processed Foods”

The next time someone rails against the evils of processed foods—such as proponents of the current “eating clean” fad—keep in mind that “processed foods” include:

pasteurized milk
prewashed lettuce and spinach
canned beans
oatmeal
“baby” carrots
frozen and canned fish
frozen fruits and vegetables
yogurt

“You hear the term ‘processed food’ thrown around a lot these days, but you

Drink Up to Stay Healthy and Hydrated All Summer

Every cell in your body needs water to function. Water transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, and carries away waste materials. Water makes up most of your body, ranging from about 75% of body weight in infancy to 55% of body weight at older ages. Your brain and heart

92% of Restaurant Too High in Calories

If you’re eating out often, you’re probably overdoing calorie consumption—even if you avoid fast-food restaurants. Meals consumed at fast-food restaurants have been singled out as culprits in America’s obesity epidemic. But a new study reports that both chain and local restaurants are routinely serving far more than should be consumed

4. A Closer Look at Key Nutrients

Your Diet Vs. Chronic Disease
It’s estimated that half of all U.S. adults—about 117 million people—suffer from preventable, diet-related chronic diseases. Shifting to healthier eating patterns that contain the nutrients your heart and brain require can help bring about lasting improvements in individual health, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for

2. Focus on Your Eating Pattern

A New Way of Thinking About Diet
For the first time, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasize the importance of choosing healthy dietary patterns—not just individual foods or specific vitamins and minerals—to prevent chronic disease.
“Over the course of any given day, week, or year, individuals consume foods and beverages

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