Legions of people today are using sugar alternatives that have few or no calories to cut back on their sugar intake. One of the most popular alternative sweeteners on the market today is stevia. But what exactly is stevia? Where does it comes from, how sweet is it, and in … Read More
dietary guidelines for americans
Before answering the question "Is canola oil bad for you?" (and addressing the controversy surrounding it), let's look at the history of this widely consumed product.
First, you can thank Canada for canola oil. By the 1970s, scientists in that country figured out a way to use a plant called … Read More
In folk medicine, olive oil benefits spread far and wide. People used olive oil as a digestive aid, laxative, and hangover tonic, and even as an aphrodisiac. But nowadays, this amber elixir is more celebrated as a key component of the Mediterranean eating pattern, highly rated for its impact on … Read More
It’s one thing to know which foods are healthy—and another thing to create a diet plan that incorporates those foods. Fortunately, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides detailed information on three different diet plans: the “Healthy U.S.-Style,” “Healthy Mediterranean-Style,” and “Healthy Vegetarian” eating patterns.
The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines … Read More
We need fat in our diet. Fat gives us energy, facilitates the absorption of nutrients, helps keep us warm, and provides essential fatty acids. But there are good fats and bad fats. The good come from monounsaturated fatty acids, known by the acronym MUFA, and polyunsaturated fats, or PUFA.
MUFA and … Read More
Reading nutrition facts labels isn’t that difficult, and indeed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to make the information on those labels even clearer. Still, if you’re trying to make heart-healthy food purchases, it’s important to know what you’re looking for as you scan the … Read More
It’s java that jump-starts your day. It’s the elixir of work. It’s coffee, the beverage enjoyed daily by an estimated 62 percent of all Americans, according to the National Coffee Association. For many, coffee is the rocket fuel that transforms us from sleepwalkers into go-getters, from lethargic … Read More
Are you someone who has to force yourself to use dental floss? Or are you a floss-aholic, the type who keeps a pack of floss in your car, pocket, or desk drawer so you can constantly clean your teeth?
According to stats, most people fall into the former category. Read More
A common form of gum disease, gingivitis occurs when a buildup of bacteria causes irritation and inflammation in the gums. Gingivitis can cause bad breath, gum bleeding, or changes in color of the gums. It is often a mild condition, but it … Read More
Healthy Meal Plans: These 5 Smart Food Swaps Will Help You Fight Off Heart Disease, Cancer, and More
If you’re trying to create healthier meal plans but find it challenging, try a different strategy: Focus on making smart swaps for individual foods.
It’s not hard to make healthy swaps if you know the foods that you are better off avoiding. Barbra Heller, RD, a registered dietitian at the … Read More