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Glycemic Index Debunked

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A new study finds that the glycemic index just can't be trusted. The study, done by researchers at Tufts University, found that an individual's blood sugar response to foods, which the glycemic index measures, varies widely.

What that means is your response to white rice can be totally different than mine.

Researchers found the glycemic index,...Read more

What to feed your Brain

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Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a recent article in Cooking Light magazine. Most of us have had a loved one touched by the progressive, irreversible disorder where the brain's nerve cells degenerate, causing memory problems and behavior changes.

Sadly, ...Read more

Nutrition News: Too Much Salt for Our Kids

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Too Much Salt for Our Kids

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, kills more than 800,000 Americans each year. We know that too much salt may contribute to high blood pressure and increased cardiovascular risk. According to a new study in the "Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics," American children are ...Read more

Nutrition News: Help for Constipation

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We all experience a little constipation from time to time. It can be a side effect of certain drugs, medical conditions and even aging, but it also can be a result of dehydration, a low-fiber diet and lack of exercise. However, it's certainly reversible -- with a fiber-rich diet and exercise.

Here are some additional tips from Environmental ...Read more

Mediterranean Made Easy

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There's plenty of research that backs up the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. It boosts longevity, lowers rates of heart disease and reduces rates of diabetes and some cancers.

The guidelines are simple - consume fresh vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains daily; eat more seafood and less red meat and use plenty of heart-healthy ...Read more

Surprising News About Processed Foods

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Processed food has a bad reputation as a diet saboteur. It's blamed for our nation's obesity epidemic, high blood pressure and the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. But processed food is more than boxed macaroni and cheese, potato chips and drive-thru hamburgers. It may be a surprise to learn that whole-wheat bread, homemade soup or a chopped ...Read more

Good Gut Health = Good Health

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Gut health was one of the hottest topics at this year's annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics convention held recently in Boston. The choice of carbohydrates and more importantly, dietary fiber, play an important role in influencing the gut microbiota.

Then there are prebiotics and probiotics. Nutrition research has pinpointed specific ...Read more

Cold and Flu Prevention

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We're heading into the cold and flu season, and Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter offers some diet and lifestyle tips that can help protect you.

--Get vaccinated. While no flu vaccine is 100 percent effective, studies show that the vaccine will reduce your risk of flu-related hospitalization.

--Eat more fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants, ...Read more

Nutrition News: Worth the Splurge

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As a dietitian, there are a few foods that make me think -- even though I know they're classified as healthy, they come with a high calorie price. Foods like avocados, dark chocolate, nuts, red wine and even olive oil.

So are they worth spending your calories?

The Food and Drug Administration says "yes".

Just last week, the FDA changed its ...Read more

Nutrition News: Diabetes Risk and Your Diet

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Diabetes Risk and Your Diet

What you eat really can increase your risk of diabetes. In a study by researchers at Harvard, eating less of the right foods over a four-year period resulted in a 34 percent increase risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study, which was published online in the Diabetes Care Journal, followed 124,607 adult participants who ...Read more

Exercise for Your Brain Health

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It may take more than a simple walk around the block, but a new study finds that vigorous physical activity in midlife can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

A long-term study of twins reveals physical activity may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. Following up with more than 3,000 twins 25 years after they provided ...Read more

Nutrition News: Should You Go Gluten-Free?

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We seem to fear gluten these days like we used to fear fat and carbs. At a recent women's conference I attended, the buffet line included four large signs declaring the salad, vegetables and chicken were all gluten-free. The people standing in line next to me wondered if that was a good thing?

Gluten-free diets seem to be the latest fad, yet ...Read more

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