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Healthy Eating Pattern: Dietary Guidelines Show the Way

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,

2018 HNL Topic Index

(month, page number)

Beverages

Sugary Drinks: Declining, but Not Fast Enough? (Feb., 1)
Coffee and Health (Feb., 2)
Should You Drink Your Fruits and Vegetables? (March, 6)
Is it Safe to Drink Diet Soda? (March, 8)
Caffeine Without Sleeplessness (April, 1)
What is A2 milk? (July, 8)
Avoiding Dehydration (Aug., 6)

Turn Up for Turnips!

The Folklore. Despite a history as peasant food in ancient times, and later a reputation as the source of dinnertime revolt for many children, this bulbous root deserves a say—it has plenty to bring to the table! In fact, Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote that the turnip was one

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,

Healthiest Vegetables to Eat? Start with These 6 Choices

Healthiest Vegetables to Eat? Start with These 6 Choices

We need to eat our vegetables, but information about how to prepare them can be conflicting. Cooking certain vegetables—winter squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, for example—can release more nutrients. Others, however, are better for us if they’re eaten raw. It’s the latter group we’ll discuss here: six top veggies to

2. Dietary Patterns for Healthy Aging

By now, you may be thinking: Okay, so eating right can help protect my health, but I’ve been eating this way my whole life. Is it really going to make a difference if I make changes now? Results of one study suggest that the answer is a definite “yes.”
In the

1. Nutrition for Life

Some people say “70 is the new 50,” but, however young you feel, your body and its nutritional needs change with age. As you get older, you need fewer calories, so it’s very important to choose foods that are nutrient dense—packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and other essentials. And,

3 Diet Plans to Consider: How to Eat Healthy

3 Diet Plans to Consider: How to Eat Healthy

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 for Americans

The Pros and Cons of Nutrient Density

Research shows that overall dietary patterns have a big impact on health. But people don’t buy dietary patterns, they buy foods. That’s why the idea of quantifying the healthfulness of individual foods is so appealing. For packaged foods, Nutrition Facts labels are designed to help, but, more recently, the concept

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