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Nutrition News: Eat Your Broccoli

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Eat Your Broccoli

Research shows that eating broccoli three to five times per week can lower the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancers. A new study from the University of Illinois finds that including broccoli in the diet may also protect against liver cancer.

"The normal story about broccoli and health is that it can protect against a ...Read more

Nutrition News: The Power of Fiber

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It's well known that a high-fiber diet contributes to a number of health improvements, including weight loss, lower diabetes risk, and even reducing and preventing asthma and allergy symptoms. Now a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that women who adopt a diet high in fiber, especially fruits and...Read more

Nutrition News: Keeping the Weight Off

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Keeping the Weight Off

In her new book, "Total Body Diet for Dummies," registered dietitian Victoria Shanta Retelny offers some practical advice for keeping extra pounds at bay.

"Maintaining a healthy body weight throughout life is a vital part of staying healthy," said Retelny, attending the recent Spring Assembly of the Illinois Academy of ...Read more

Pulses -- The New Buzz for Weight Loss

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Pulses -- The New Buzz for Weight Loss

Go for the pulses -- beans, chickpeas, peas, lentils. Those humble foods, otherwise known as beans, that may pack a punch for weight loss. That's the finding of a new analysis of reports by Canadian researchers.

A new analysis of data from 21 clinical trials on pulses finds that they can help dieters feel...Read more

Slashing the Salt Habit

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The new Dietary Guidelines once again recommend reducing sodium intake. To do that, look beyond the saltshaker. Salt is a preservative in a multitude of food products and it enhances the texture of bread and cheese. Salt is also a binder and color enhancer in processed meats.

The average adult consumes 3,400 to 3,600 milligrams of sodium a day....Read more

Nutrition News: Protein Throughout the Day

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Protein Throughout the Day

Consuming protein at breakfast and lunch -- not just dinner -- can boost your muscle mass. New research finds than when we consume our protein is as important as how much protein we eat.

In a 24-week clinical trial, extra protein at breakfast and lunch improved lean tissue mass in healthy older adults. The trial, ...Read more

Nutrition News: Preventing Cancer

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Preventing Cancer

Most of us have been assaulted by cancer in some way -- a family member, a friend or even ourselves. My mom is a breast cancer survivor -- twice -- my husband's first wife lost her battle with breast cancer.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Cancer Society recommends that people 50 or older...Read more

Nutrition News: The Benefits of Plain Water

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Looking to lose weight and improve your diet? Grab a glass -- or two -- of plain water.

A recent study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics examined the dietary habits of over 18,300 U.S. adults. It found that the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water by 1 percent reduced their total daily ...Read more

Nutrition News: Nuts and Cholesterol

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Just how do tree nuts lower cholesterol and which ones are the best to eat? Tufts University explains in their recent Health & Nutrition Letter.

"At least part of the proven cardiovascular benefits of eating nuts can be explained by their effects on cholesterol and other blood lipids," according to new Tufts research.

In a research study at ...Read more

Nutrition News: Grab Another Cup

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That extra cup of coffee may not be so bad after all. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines say for healthy adults, it's alright to have up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, or the amount found in three to five cups of coffee. Research has found that drinking coffee is associated with minimal health risks and may have several benefits.

Earlier, ...Read more

The Skinny on Fats

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For years, we have heard to eat low-fat or fat-free foods. Now, we hear about "healthy" fats in avocados, olive and salmon. What's the bottom line? Knowing the difference between saturated, trans, polyunsaturated (omega-3s and omega-6s), and monounsaturated (omega-9s) fats is key to choosing a well-balanced diet.

Saturated and trans fats are ...Read more

Nutrition News: Fiber for Young Women

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Here's some startling news: Feed your adolescent daughter lots of fruits and vegetables, and she'll have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Who knew fruits and vegetables could be that powerful?

It's all because of the fiber.

A new large-scale study, published in the journal, Pediatrics, found that the fiber from fruits and vegetables ...Read more


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