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3. The Foods You Need

Nutrition scientists often differentiate between “energy-dense” and “nutrient-dense” foods. In terms of nutrition, “energy” equals calories, so foods that are energy-dense contain a lot of calories for the amount of food—sugar, for example, which packs 773 calories per cup. The same amount of a non-energy dense food like chopped carrots,

8. Expand Your Protein Options

Despite what you might hear from food companies, most Americans get plenty of protein. The picture may be somewhat different for older individuals, however. An emerging scientific consensus says some older adults could benefit from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations. Evidence also is mounting that the

The Power of Plant-Based Proteins

Eating more plant foods is associated with longevity and reduced risk for most chronic diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Plant foods (such as whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) are rich in health-promoting nutrients and compounds like vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals. But plants can

Are Cage-Free Eggs More Nutritious?

Are Cage-Free Eggs More Nutritious?

Eggs are an extremely versatile and useful ingredient for just about any type of recipe, which is why eggs have remained an incredibly popular recipe ingredient and staple in many diets. Eggs add structure, color, leavening, and flavor to baked goods. A large part of what makes the egg such

Healthy Energy Drinks: Use These 3 Ingredients in Delicious DIY Mixes

Healthy Energy Drinks: Use These 3 Ingredients in Delicious DIY Mixes

Monster (appropriately named!) and Red Bull might come to mind when you think of energy drinks. However, these beverages—if you can call them that—are definitely not good for your health, as described in a review published in Frontiers for Public Health. Typically, they contain excessive amounts of caffeine, sugar, artificial

Is Milk Healthy?

Is Milk Healthy?

Is milk healthy? It sounds like a simple question, but the answer is anything but simple. Milk is actually a controversial topic due to opinions that run the gamut from “milk is the best thing you can drink” to “milk is one of the worst drinks on the planet.”

First, let’s

Cleanse Diets 101: Is a “Detox” a Good Idea?

Cleanse Diets 101: Is a “Detox” a Good Idea?

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is extremely complex, and scientists believe it to be a vital component of the immune system. The surface lining of the GI tract includes numerous bacteria, immune cells, and nerve cells that largely function to protect us against toxins and foreign invaders. This fascinating gut-immune link

Sustainable Seafood

Seafood, especially fish, has been touted as a highly nutritious food. As a complete protein, fish delivers all the essential amino acids your body needs. A mere 3-ounce serving of salmon can provide up to 40 percent of daily protein requirements. Fish has less connective tissue, making it easier to

Pseudograins to the Rescue

Not all grains are created equal—namely some “grains” aren’t grains at all. You may have heard the term “pseudograins,” but what are they, exactly? Whereas most grains are seeds of the Poacea botanical family of grasses—also known as cereals—pseudo (false) grains are the seeds of unrelated plant families. These are

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