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Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

We know it's important go light on sodium: Too much salt has been proven to raise blood pressure, leading to a host of potential health issues. Today, Americans are consuming substantially more sodium than in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). "About 90 percent … Read More

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, … Read More

The Kombucha Craze: Health Benefits of a Popular Brew

Kombucha is a sweet, slightly bubbly, mildly acidic fermented tea reminiscent of sparkling cider. The ancient medicinal brew is one of the fastest-growing products in the "functional beverage" market, touting a rich mix of beneficial microorganisms and antioxidants. Proponents tout kombucha’s benefits for aiding in digestion, fighting harmful bacteria, reducing inflammation, … Read More

How to Read Nutrition Labels: Food Facts

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 backs of … Read More

Is Cereal Healthy?

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, because it’s the first opportunity to fuel your body for the day ahead after a long night’s fast. It’s also the first chance to begin meeting your daily nutrient needs. An easy-to-prepare, go-to breakfast increases the likelihood that you’ll … Read More

Low-Calorie Foods That Are Rich in Nutrients

If you’re aiming to reduce the number of calories you consume in order to lose weight, you’ll want to include plenty of low-calorie foods, ones that are high in nutritional value—in your diet plan. Fortunately, almost all non-starchy vegetables and fruits are low-calorie foods, so you have a large selection … Read More

Low-Carb Diets: They May Fall Short On Essential Nutrients

Whole grains provide unrefined carbohydrates (carbs), a primary source of energy in a balanced diet plan. Carbs have been the target of much criticism, and low-carb diets have gained many followers. It’s true that diets high in refined carbs have been linked with higher risks of many diseases, but the … Read More

6 Worst Trans Fat Foods You Commonly Consume

With the FDA’s recent proposal that trans fats be removed from the “Generally Recognized as Safe” list, the use of partially hydrogenated oils in processed foods may finally come to an end. But even with this new proposal, the end of trans fats in the food supply isn’t likely to … Read More

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