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Choosing Low-GI Foods Without Having to Do the Math

Recent research has cast doubt on the precise numbers many people rely on to keep the glycemic index (GI) of their diets low. The glycemic index measures how rapidly foods containing carbohydrates raise your blood sugar, using a 100-point scale. But scientists have found that the actual blood-sugar effects of

Demystifying Type 2 Diabetes

The prevalence of diabetes is rapidly rising in every country around the world. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population—more than 30 million Americans—has diabetes. Another 84 million adults have prediabetes. And, at least a quarter of people with diabetes and the vast

Ask the Expert: Nightshade Vegetables; Kidney Stones

Q: I think I might be allergic to nightshade vegetables. What are the symptoms?

A: It’s rare but not impossible to have an allergy to edible nightshades. It’s more common to have an intolerance to them.

Nightshade vegetables—which include bell peppers, cayenne or chili peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, and goji berries—gained their

Care and Feeding of Your Metabolism

The quest for a faster metabolism is a sort of health-and-nutrition holy grail, especially as people leave their young adult years behind. When you find it hard to lose weight—or easier to gain—it’s tempting to blame a sluggish metabolism. However, most people have a metabolism within a normal range, and

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

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