dietary guidelines for americans

How to Avoid Salt

Nine out of 10 Americans still consume more sodium than the currently recommended limits, according to a 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excess sodium consumption was found to be a particular problem among men, 98 percent of whom consumed too much sodium compared with 80 … Read More

How “Bad” Fats Affect Cholesterol

Your body makes all the cholesterol you need, and if you eat a diet high in unhealthy saturated and trans fats, you can add to your cholesterol total and potentially hasten the buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries. Fats were once considered the bane of healthful diets. To stay … Read More

Choose Cholesterol-Friendly Foods

There are several reasons why certain foods are good for your cholesterol and your heart health. Some have direct effects on reducing LDL and/or triglycerides. Others are more filling and, if they’re low in calories, will help with weight loss. Plus, by filling up on these healthier options, you’re not … Read More

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

Despite all the hype about “low-carb” diets, many people have an incomplete understanding of carbohydrates. It helps to look at a Nutrition Facts label, which lists quantities per serving of total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. The amount of starch isn’t listed, but that’s the third component of carbohydrates: Subtract … Read More

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, … Read More

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Full-blown alcohol addiction, commonly known as alcoholism, doesn’t happen all at once. Typically, alcohol abuse—a pattern of harmful drinking—begins the process. Abuse then progresses to dependency and addiction. The danger signs are well understood: They can provide a chance at early intervention, although problem drinkers face many challenges in overcoming … Read More

Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

We know it's important go light on sodium: Too much salt has been proven to raise blood pressure, leading to a host of potential health issues. Today, Americans are consuming substantially more sodium than in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). "About 90 percent … Read More

What’s the Healthiest Oil? The Winner Is…

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 cooking oil? Many people would probably give the answer that olive oil is … Read More

What Are Healthy Fats?

“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 … Read More

Healthy Eating Pattern: Dietary Guidelines Show the Way

If you're serious about maintaining good health as you age, use the recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 as your blueprint. The publication (available as a free download by clicking here) offers a healthy eating pattern designed to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, … Read More

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