Tag: risk of heart disease

Shopping for the Mediterranean Diet

Studies continue to pile on evidence for the benefits of following a Mediterranean diet. It’s been associated with reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers, with protecting your brain and eyes, and even with better weight management. New research reports that women who follow a Mediterranean diet are

Is Plexus Safe? A Careful Look at Plexus Product Ingredients

Is Plexus Safe? A Careful Look at Plexus Product Ingredients

A number of people who have seen advertisements and anecdotal reports for Plexus Slim, a weight-loss supplement, have been smartly asking, “Is Plexus safe?” and “Are there Plexus dangers I should understand?”

To answer these questions, we consider the broader question “What is Plexus?” by looking at known information about Plexus

Fish Oil: A Quick Fix for Your Heart Health?

About 8 percent of Americans take fish oil supplements, likely due to research suggesting they may help protect heart health. However, two trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Nov. 10, 2018, show mixed results on the benefits of fish oil. If you’re taking it, should you

The “French Paradox”

The “French paradox” is a term that was coined in the 1980s and results from the observation that although French people tend to eat a rich diet, relatively high in saturated fats, they also tend to have a lower incidence of obesity and heart disease. To simplify, they eat fatty

Identifying Whole Grains

Identifying Whole Grains

Most health experts agree that prioritizing whole grains is a key element of a healthy dietary pattern. Aim for at least three servings of whole grains each day. One serving of whole grains is equivalent to 16 grams (a little more than half an ounce). While it’s easy to see

How to Lower Triglycerides with 3 Proven Nutrients

How to Lower Triglycerides with 3 Proven Nutrients

If you’ve discovered that you have high triglycerides, it’s important to learn how to lower your levels. How to lower triglycerides? A number of ways are available, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and niacin, each of which

New Physical Activity Guidelines Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, an update of recommendations published in 2008. “The new guidelines provide more evidence-based reasons to be active than ever before,” says Roger A. Fielding, PhD, director of Tufts’ Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and

Are Eggs Healthy?

Are Eggs Healthy?

Whether they were scrambled, fried, boiled, poached, or beat into an omelet, chances are that you had eggs for breakfast this morning. They’re an easy, filling, and affordable way to start the day. And even if you don’t like their taste, eggs often are the main ingredient in some of

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