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Diabetes Is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease

You may be aware that people with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease—but you may not know just how strong the connection is between these two conditions. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), at least 68 percent of people age 65 or older who have diabetes

3. Macronutrients and Brain Power

The term “nutrient” can refer to vitamins and minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients, such as flavonoids. All these are im-portant, but the big picture when it comes to nutrition and brain power concerns what are referred to as “macronutrients”: fats, carbohydrates (“carbs”), and protein. It’s no wonder that so many

Stevia: Get the Scoop on This Popular Alternative to Sugar

Stevia: Get the Scoop on This Popular Alternative to Sugar

Legions of people today are using sugar alternatives that have few or no calories to cut back on their sugar intake. One of the most popular alternative sweeteners on the market today is stevia. But what exactly is stevia? Where does it comes from, how sweet is it, and in

2. Healthy Eating Patterns

A diet that supports heart and brain health is more than just eating an extra piece of fruit and occasionally eating salmon instead of steak. Rather than thinking solely in terms of individual foods or getting enough of certain vitamins and minerals, it’s important to focus on a healthy overall

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

10. Beverages with Benefits

Foods aren’t the only way to get important nutrients as you age—certain beverages also can contribute beneficial nutrients. You can think of these beverages as a form of “liquid plants,” since they are derived from plants and retain many of their sources’ healthy nutrients, especially the phytonutrients. The most convincing

9. The Facts on Fats

If you’re like most Americans, according to a Gallup survey, one of your goals for a healthy diet is to limit consumption of all fats. That’s no longer scientifically sound advice, although you can hardly be blamed for this way of thinking. After all, for years, we were told to

Our Binge-Eating Culture

Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic that governments and health organizations worldwide are trying to control. Researchers refer to contexts, or environments, for habits that promote obesity, such as binge eating, as “obesogenic environments.”

Both fat and sugar are known to play a role in boosting abnormal eating behaviors, but a

Tackle Obesity with Lifestyle Changes, Not “Diets”

A recent Stanford University study took aim at the obesity epidemic with a year-long trial comparing low-fat versus low-carbohydrate diets among more than 600 otherwise healthy overweight and obese adults. The findings of this study, published Feb. 20, 2018, in JAMA, have been widely interpreted, but one result stands out:

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: What You Should Know

Omega-6 vs. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: What You Should Know

Not all fats are created equal: Saturated vs unsaturated. Essential vs unessential. Healthy vs unhealthy. The hard part is knowing which fats are good for you and which you should avoid. Along those lines, let’s compare omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, with an eye toward balance.

Both omega-6 and

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