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Metabolically Borderline: What It Means and What You Should Do

When your blood work straddles the line between normal and elevated for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure, you may be diagnosed as metabolically borderline. Here’s what it means and how you can lower your numbers.

Prediabetes. The lab value hemoglobin A1c is a cumulative average of your blood sugar over

Restaurant Guide: Restaurant Smoothies

Fresh fruit, yogurt, maybe some veggies—what could be healthier right? While those may be the basic ingredients when you whip up a smoothie at home, you can’t assume the same is true for all restaurants. Well-made smoothies make great breakfasts, snacks, or post-workout recovery fuel, but we don’t always have

3. Key Components of Healthy Dietary Patterns

The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
These dietary plans might have different names, but they share many common traits—namely, they emphasize consumption of a variety of foods from plants, lean protein sources (from plants

4 Common Maltitol Side Effects

4 Common Maltitol Side Effects

While artificial sweeteners, such as maltitol, may come with some advantages, they are not completely safe to eat. Maltitol side effects include a variety of digestive problems including diarrhea, gas, and abdominal discomfort.

Your Brain on Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners may save calories, but are we really beating the system when we use them? Not necessarily, according to a study published in April in Nutrition. It turns out that the brain mechanisms that control feelings of satiety (fullness) or the need to continue eating just don’t know what

Mythbusting: Hydration

Water is involved in many critical bodily functions, from maintaining blood pressure and transporting nutrients to lubricating joints, digesting foods, removing waste from the body, and regulating body temperature. “The human body loses fluids through sweating and urination, and, if sick, also potentially through vomiting, diarrhea, or blood loss,” says

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

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

It happened just like that. You sat on the couch, spoon in hand, to enjoy a few spoonfuls of your favorite ice cream. Suddenly, you were staring down the barrel of an empty carton, with remnants of Rocky Road splattered on your chin. “Not again,” you cried. As you pondered

3. Fruits and Vegetables

Fruit is nature’s perfect sweet, and vegetables are the common denominator in any healthy eating pattern. Whether you reach for a piece of juicy summer fruit, a crisp green salad, or a savory stir-fry, not only are you delighting your taste buds, you are making better food choices that will

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