It is recommended that adults consume between 25 and 30 grams of dietary fiber a day. The average American currently gets about half that amount. According to the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, dietary fiber is a “nutrient of public health concern,” meaning this low level of intake could actually
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Regardless of what your test results indicate or what your risk category is, one fact is inescapable: Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you minimize your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as well as improve your overall health and quality of life.
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The most basic mission for any healthy eating plan, experts often say, is to incorporate into your diet a variety of foods taken from nature. And fruit certainly makes the cut. If you don’t have diabetes or blood sugar problems, about one-quarter of your meal can be comprised of fruits.
Most people know that fiber is important but do they really know what it is and why? Fiber is the non-digestible carbohydrate portion of food. The digestive system breaks down other carbohydrates, protein and fat for energy and growth but is unable to digest fiber in the small intestine. Instead,
A new study provides stronger evidence than ever that statins significantly raise your risk for diabetes. These alarming findings will make you want to ditch your statin drug and turn to natural alternatives instead.
Sedentary Lifestyle Linked to Frailty
Women who spend more time sitting down as they age are at greater risk of frailty, according to a recent study (American Journal of Epidemiology, June 4). Researchers looked into the sitting patterns of almost 5,500 middle-aged women who were followed for 12 years, at which point
If you aren’t already eating beets regularly, you should start. Beets are well-known for their numerous health benefits in a number of areas. Why are beets good for you? They’re known especially for their ability to fight high blood pressure and improve endurance. But recent research suggests that beets can
This medication will lower your LDL cholesterol. That drug may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Another one will reduce your triglycerides.
Whatever medications you see advertised on air or in print, they all have one thing in common: They should augment the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to manage
Through observational studies and randomized clinical trials, scientists have pieced together much of the puzzle of how individual vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients affect human health (see Box 4-1, “Making Sense of Nutrition Studies”). You can go a long way toward making sure you obtain the nutrients essential for a
It’s a bit of a taboo topic, but regular elimination of poo is a basic human necessity. Constipation can result in abdominal discomfort, bloating, hard stools, straining and hemorrhoids. Some people may turn to fiber supplements for help. That shouldn’t be your initial approach though. Fiber supplements don’t provide the