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Nutrition News: Protein Power

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The newest research shows that we may need to be eating more protein -- up to 20 to 30 grams per meal, especially for those over 50. The studies, published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June issue.

Dietary protein is a cornerstone of healthy aging, according to Stuart Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FACN, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence ...Read more

Study Says -- Don't Skip Meals

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A new study in animals suggests that skipping meals sets off a series of metabolic miscues that can result in abdominal weight gain.

In the study, mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance in their livers -- which scientists consider a telltale sign of prediabetes. When the ...Read more

Nutrition News: Farmers Market Tips

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Don't we love to shop at the now-open farmers markets? All the fresh produce, grown locally and bursting with flavor, is irresistible. Each week the offerings change, making it even more fun to see what has been grown and harvested.

Too often, we aren't sure of what to do with all that fresh produce.

Cooking Light offers five tips for choosing...Read more

Nutrition News: Dietary Guidelines for Infants and Pregnant Women

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Dietary Guidelines for Infants and Pregnant Women

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide sound advice for making food and physical activity choices that promote good health and a healthy weight, and help prevent disease for Americans ages 2 years and older. The Dietary Guidelines have traditionally focused on adults and children 2 years ...Read more

Nutrition News: Avocado in Moderation

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Like many foods, avocadoes have their pros and cons -- they're high in calories and high in fat, but it's a good fat. So should you shy away from them because of the fat and calories, or include them in your diet?

The humble avocado is nutrient dense. Nutrient-dense foods provide substantial servings of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients ...Read more

Nutrition News: Carotenoids and Cancer

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Carotenoids -- found in foods like tomatoes, kale, spinach and carrots -- may play a role in reducing the risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study spanned 20 years and adds to a growing body of research on carotenoids, diet and breast cancer risk.

Carotenoids are a large ...Read more

Nutrition News: Exercise for a Healthier Liver

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A new study finds that just 15 minutes of daily exercise -- regardless of intensity or weight loss -- can reduce the risk of both liver fat and belly fat, compared to those who are inactive. That belly fat, also called visceral fat, is a sign of poor metabolic health and a risk factor for many cancers.

The study also found that obesity ...Read more

Nutrition News: Exercise Benefits

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A new study finds that even a moderate amount of exercise -- the equivalent of a daily brisk 20-minute walk - was associated with significant reductions in mortality risk. The study, led by researchers Ulf Ekelund of the University of Cambridge, looked at data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. The study...Read more

Nutrition News: Food Tips for Hiking and Camping

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With spring here, it's time to think about getting outdoors. If hiking or camping is on your agenda, it's important to bring along the right foods. There's plenty to consider besides simply grabbing an energy bar or a bottle of water. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a few tips to ensure you are well nourished on your next adventure...Read more

Nutrition News: Vitamin D Update

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After a recent blood test, I was surprised to find out I was low in vitamin D. I shouldn't have been surprised -- most Americans are. Despite being the "sunshine" vitamin, meaning our bodies can make vitamin D from the sun, most of us simply don't get enough of it.

There are two types of vitamin D -- vitamin D-2 and vitamin D-3. Our bodies ...Read more

Nutrition News: Keep Moving

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A new study finds that staying physically active as we age may help prevent brain damage that can later limit mobility.

Small areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are seen in MRI scans of many older patients, according to scientists from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Higher levels of this damage have been ...Read more

Nutrition News: Salt Effects

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We may need to rethink salty snacks.

New research suggests that even if your blood pressure isn't affected by excess consumption of sodium, it may affect your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and the brain.

That's the findings of a paper, "Dietary Sodium and Health: More Than Just Blood Pressure," published in the Journal of the American College ...Read more

Nutrition News: Whole Grain and Gluten Free

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From amaranth to quinoa, millet, teff, buckwheat and sorghum, ancient grains are increasingly popular.

"I'm not entirely gluten-free, but I'm moving in that direction," says Camilla Saulsbury, author of Bob's Red Mill, "Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook."

She became interested in ancient grains to add variety to her diet. She ended up with 281 ...Read more


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