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
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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
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
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
Americans consume 17 teaspoons of added sugars a day on average (more than one-third cup). That’s not to say we scoop that much into our coffee or tea. Sugar, in one form or another, is added to a huge variety of processed foods, from sweet drinks to cakes, cookies, candy,
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.”
Drinking Less Alcohol May Help You Live Longer
People who consume no more than three drinks a week live longer than people who drink four or more per week, according to a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Oct. 3, 2018. Researchers evaluated self-reported data from more than 340,000
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
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
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,