Tag: dietary guidelines for americans

Avoid These High-Sodium Foods

It’s easy to consume too much sodium, since it’s in many foods you might not expect. Even if you don’t add salt to your meals, your sodium intake can be over the limit. The American Heart Association publicizes a list of foods highest in sodium that it calls the “Salty

Why the Low-Fat Diet Failed

In the 1980s and 1990s, Americans were told that eating less fat would reduce risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity. Why didn’t it work? Essentially, reducing total fat led to intake of more refined carbohydrates and less healthy fats, and both of these changes had negative health impacts.

Evolving Guidelines: Dietary

Ask the Doctor: Mold-Free Foods; Low-Salt Alternatives

Q: I’m allergic to mold. Which foods should I avoid and which should I eat?

A: If you’ve been diagnosed with a foodborne mold allergy—a form of fungi—then work with your health-care provider to develop a healthier dietary plan. You also may want to test eliminating specific foods, to see if

How to Get the Best Cooking Results with Whole Grains

There are numerous reasons why the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that you make half your daily grain servings whole grains. Quinoa, brown rice, barley, oats, and other whole grains deliver more nutrients than refined grains, and because of their nutrient density, studies have linked whole-grain consumption to better

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

Why Water is Vital to Your Health

There is nothing you can consume that is more important for helping to keep your body functioning properly than water. After all, head to toe, you are 45 to 60 percent water. And, every part of your anatomy—including your brain, heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and digestive tract—depends on water to

Are Added Fibers Good for Our Health?

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

Health Benefits of Legumes

Eat more plant foods…increase dietary fiber…choose natural foods over processed…get your nutrients from whole foods, not supplements. For an easy way to follow all of this sound dietary advice at the same time, simply up your intake of foods from the legume family. Legumes, which include beans, lentils, split peas,

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