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6. Meet the Macronutrients

Much of the debate in recent years about how best to feed your heart and brain has focused on “macronutrients”—proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These are the nutrients your body needs in the largest amounts to function properly. The macronutrients provide your body with energy in the form of calories. (Micronutrients,

5. Essential Nutrients for Heart and Brain

So far, we’ve focused mostly on the big picture—dietary patterns that benefit your heart and brain, as well as foods that are the core components of these patterns. But, it’s also useful to know a little about specific nutrients—particularly those that many Americans may be lacking.
Common Deficiencies
In general, according to

4. Foods to Limit

You might already think of nutrition advice as mostly a lot of “don’ts.” Yes, it sometimes may seem that newspapers, magazines, television shows, and websites are full of dire warnings about what not to eat. As we saw in the previous chapter, however, scien-tific evidence supports plenty of healthful choices

3. The Foods You Need

Nutrition scientists often differentiate between “energy-dense” and “nutrient-dense” foods. In terms of nutrition, “energy” equals calories, so foods that are energy-dense contain a lot of calories for the amount of food—sugar, for example, which packs 773 calories per cup. The same amount of a non-energy dense food like chopped carrots,

1. Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy

3. Diseases and Disorders of the Esophagus

After you chew and swallow food, it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach. Most of the time, you don’t even think about the simple, everyday act of chewing and swallowing—after all, you’ve been doing it since you were born. But sometimes, people have trouble chewing their food into

5. Reducing the Risk of Common Conditions

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of

1. Food for Life

There are many reasons to eat healthfully. For some people, it may be about preventing chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, while for others, it may be about maintaining an ideal body weight or even just feeling more energized. Fundamentally, though, a healthy diet is critical to providing your

Are Eggs Healthy?

Are Eggs Healthy?

Whether they were scrambled, fried, boiled, poached, or beat into an omelet, chances are that you had eggs for breakfast this morning. They’re an easy, filling, and affordable way to start the day. And even if you don’t like their taste, eggs often are the main ingredient in some of

How to Reduce Cholesterol Without Medication or Even Changing Your Diet

How to Reduce Cholesterol Without Medication or Even Changing Your Diet

Diet and exercise—if you’ve ever had a blood test showing your cholesterol is high and wondered how to reduce cholesterol without medication, your doctor has likely told you that you need to change your diet and increase your exercise. This combination is the standard, first-line therapy to lower cholesterol without

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