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The Benefits and Risks of Dietary Vitamin K

When you bite into a forkful of dark, leafy greens like kale or spinach, you ingest lots of vitamin K. That’s good, because K is crucial for your health, especially for blood clotting and bone strength.

But vitamin K is sometimes misunderstood. Because of its clotting properties, it can interfere with

11. Seven-Day Sample Menus

Wondering what a healthy dietary pattern looks like in real life? Need some inspiration to get you started? This seven-day menu, based on the principles of the dietary patterns outlined in Chapter 2, is here to help.
These meals are just a guide. The menus in this chapter supply approximately 1,600

9. Special Health Concerns

If you have special health conditions, like food sensitivities, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, does standard dietary advice apply to you? Yes and no. It’s true that most of the information in this report, as well as in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is general and geared toward people with no

8. Adjusting for Age

Our bodies change as we age. Some of these changes are obvious, but others are not. Metabolism slows, sense of taste and smell lessen, and we digest and absorb some nutrients differently. We lose muscle, gain health problems, and adjust to changing social circumstances. Fortunately, adjustments to dietary intake and

Choosing a Mayonnaise With Healthy Ingredients

Mayonnaise, by definition, is not a healthy food, based on the calories, sodium, and total fat count. But most brands offer alternative versions to traditional mayonnaise that are made with olive oil, avocado oil, and canola oil. These varieties offer more heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

“In general, mayo is a high-fat food

DASHing to Better Health

Of all the dietary plans available, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is considered one of the best. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recommends it as the best diet to lower blood pressure, while the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls it the best diet to

Got GERD or Frequent Heartburn? Ease Your Symptoms Without Drugs

If you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), or esomeprazole (Nexium) to keep your heartburn and other symptoms under control. However, evidence is mounting that PPIs can have serious side effects (see What You

Managing Diabetes

To avoid an insulin spike, people with diabetes often focus on monitoring a food’s glycemic index (GI)—which measures how rapidly foods boost blood glucose and then ranks them. However, monitoring just your GI can be misleading, says Maryanne Richardson, a registered dietitian nutritionist and a certified diabetes educator at Weill

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