Today’s popular eating plans—among them the ketogenic diet—often focus on reducing carbohydrates, limiting sugar intake, and eliminating processed foods. These diets are typically high in fat, so if you follow one, it’s important to understand the difference between healthy fats and those you should avoid. A diet low in carbohydrates … Read More
Good nutrition is essential to maintaining health, especially as you get older. My Plate from the USDA has replaced the traditional food pyramid, featuring a divided plate graphic representing the major food groups.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture created My Plate to help Americans choose the right combination of foods each day for optimum nutrition. It divides foods into groups — bread, cereal, rice, and pasta; fruit; vegetables; milk, yogurt, and cheese; meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts; fats, oils, and sweets — and describes how much of each food group people should eat.
Certain food groups can help you lose weight. Eating high protein foods such as lean chicken breast, beans, fish, and tofu curb hunger, so you eat less. Protein is an important component of any diet, but it shouldn’t entirely replace other food groups, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
A low-carb diet such as Atkins or South Beach is another approach to weight loss that emphasizes protein and unsaturated fats. These diets limit carbs from grains, starchy vegetables, fruit, and other sources. Yet this diet may not be a good long-term approach. While low-carb diets do encourage weight loss in the short term, after a year or two they offer little advantage over more balanced dietary patterns.
Watching your calorie intake is another way to control your weight. An online calorie counter can help you determine how many calories are in the foods you eat, and how many calories you consume each day. Pair up a calorie counter with a weight loss calculator, in which you input your weight, height, age, activity level, and the amount of weight you’d like to lose. The weight loss calculator will help you determine how many calories you should eat each day to reach your goal.
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Many of us are looking for ways to live a healthier life and reduce our risk of chronic illness. Can antioxidant foods help? First, it helps to know exactly what is meant by the often misunderstood term antioxidants—and, of course, it helps to know where we get antioxidants.
In short, … Read More
Pasta is one of the most beloved comfort foods on the planet, and the leading market, perhaps not surprisingly, is the United States. The average American eats nearly 20 pounds of pasta every year—which amounts to 2.7 million tons consumed annually in the U.S., according to the International Pasta Organization. … Read More
Liquid vegetables oils—for example, olive oil and soybean oil—are celebrated as healthy unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fatty acids, when substituted for saturated fats, support general heart health. But for cooking, baking, or dressing salads, what is the healthiest oil?
Many people would probably answer “olive oil.” This cornerstone of the Mediterranean eating … Read More
What do you call a breadless sandwich? Boring, that’s what. If you’re like us and you struggle to imagine a life without bread, don’t panic. We’ve found a healthy option to help satisfy that carb craving—Ezekiel bread. High in good things like fiber and nutrients and free from bad stuff … Read More
You’ll find a little box of baking soda in almost every American pantry or freezer to offset odors. It’s well known among baking enthusiasts, too. How many of us have heard stories about baking soda’s versatility from our mothers and grandmothers? But baking soda can be used for a variety … Read More
“Fats”: It’s not a four-letter word. Research has shown that with fats, it’s not the amount as much as the type that has the most significant impact on your health. In fact, eating foods that contain certain types of fats—healthy fats—is encouraged. So… what are healthy fats?
Most people need to … Read More
You see the phrase mentioned frequently in relation to nutrition, dieting, and overall health, but exactly what is saturated fat? And should we banish it from our eating plan?
Saturated fats fall under the very large umbrella of dietary “fats.” They’re typically solid at room temperature, and occur naturally … Read More
There’s no denying the popularity of the pistachio. That smooth, beige shell, with the crunchy green prize tucked within, is practically irresistible. And all those pistachio benefits make them a healthy choice, whether as a snack or a complement to a meal.
We’ll dig in on pistachio benefits below. First, a … Read More
It’s a commonly asked question among people who are concerned about heart-smart eating: Is olive oil healthy? The quick answer: Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) should be your No. 1 oil in the kitchen. It’s the least-refined vegetable oil that’s commonly available.
The olive tree, which dates back at least 6,000 … Read More