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How “Bad” Fats Affect Cholesterol

Your body makes all the cholesterol you need, and if you eat a diet high in unhealthy saturated and trans fats, you can add to your cholesterol total and potentially hasten the buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries. Fats were once considered the bane of healthful diets. To stay … Read More

Plant-Based Diet Benefits the Heart, Environment and More

The myriad health benefits of vegetables and other plant foods and/or concerns about animal welfare and the environment lead some people to choose a vegetarian dietary pattern. Plant-based diets are becoming more mainstream, and the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes a vegetarian eating pattern as one of its three … Read More

Dark Chocolate Benefits for Brain Health

The ancient Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec peoples were onto something about the benefits of chocolate when they began consuming it, mostly in the form of cocoa beverages, some 3,500 years ago. Today science is finding that phytochemical compounds called flavanols found in dark chocolate—the darker, the better—and cocoa have cardiovascular … Read More

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

Despite all the hype about “low-carb” diets, many people have an incomplete understanding of carbohydrates. It helps to look at a Nutrition Facts label, which lists quantities per serving of total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. The amount of starch isn’t listed, but that’s the third component of carbohydrates: Subtract … Read More

Iron Deficiency Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

In Part 1 of this article you learned about a study showing how chronic fatigue can be successfully treated with iron supplements in women who have iron deficiency but don’t have full blown anemia.[1] (Find 9 Iron Deficiency Symptoms here.) The French and Swiss researchers found that iron supplementation for 12 … Read More

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, … Read More

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