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Beets and Other “Super” Vegetables

Superfoods are aptly named because their rich nutrients—including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and disease-fighting phytochemicals—provide numerous health benefits. They have been linked with reducing inflammation and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and lowering your risk of a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers.

Superfoods are found in whole grains, protein, and fruit, but

Kick Start Your Day with Breakfast

It can be tempting to skip or skimp on breakfast, but even if you don’t eat first thing upon waking, it still is an important meal to work into your morning.

“Malnutrition is a problem as we age and not eating breakfast may make that worse,” says registered dietitian Erin Morse,

Lutein for the Eyes (and the Brain)

Lutein is just one of the more than 600 phytochemicals in the carotenoid family. These compounds are pigments that give plants their orange, yellow, and red hues, but they are more than just good looking: carotenoids, including lutein, have antioxidant and other health-promoting properties. “What makes lutein unique among the

Magnesium and Migraine

The International Headache Society (IHS) defines migraine as a headache disorder with recurrent attacks (at least five) that last from 4 to 72 hours, are associated with nausea and/or sensitivity to light and sound, and also have at least two of four other characteristics including: pain that is of moderate

Diuretics: All You Need to Know

Many people with high blood pressure find that exercise (see our article on p6) and dietary modifications help control the condition. But if lifestyle measures are ineffective, medications also may be needed. Diuretics (often called water pills) are commonly prescribed as initial drug therapy, and also are used to help

Energy Density May Help Control Hunger and Manage Weight

All foods have a certain number of calories within a given amount or volume and this can be expressed as their Energy Density (ED). The ED of any food is based on its content of air, fiber, water, and fat.

Foods containing more air, fiber, or water such as vegetables, fruits,

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

Gorgeously Green and Delicious

From peppery to sweet, curly to smooth, greens are good and good for you.

“They are one of the healthiest foods we can consume,” says Erin Morse, chief clinical dietitian, UCLA Medical Center. “They are low in calories, nutrient dense, and there’s so much variety.”

Lovely green leaves can be so much more

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