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Nutrition News: Say Yes to Calcium

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Say Yes to Calcium

Because nutrition is a science, it is always being researched. Sometimes the findings can be confusing -- do calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease? Research findings over the past few years have gone back and forth.

Last October, a widely reported study in the Journal of the American Heart Association once ...Read more

Help to Keep those Resolutions

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There is a terrific new Website on the USDA's My Plate site. It's designed to help families eat healthier and for all of us to turn January's resolutions into real solutions for healthy eating all throughout the year. It's called MyPlate, My Wins and includes videos of families as well as tips. Each week a different video focuses on an area of ...Read more

Trendy Nutrition

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I am a believer in the tried and true when it comes to nutrition -- USDA's My Plate, with its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, lean protein and dairy and whole grains, still makes a whole lot of sense. Having said that, come January, we will see plenty of new diets pop up to take the place of Paleo, Atkins or the cabbage soup, but most of them...Read more

Nutrition News: Good Food, Same Weight

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So if a food tastes good, it's going to make you gain weight, right?

Not according to recent research.

Despite the common perception that good-tasting food is unhealthy and causes obesity, new research from the Monell Center suggests that desirable taste in and of itself doesn't lead to weight gain.

Study authors found that good taste ...Read more

Vitamin Deficiencies to Watch

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When it comes to eating, most of us think about eating less. We think we'd be healthier if we lost weight, exercised more -- and that may be true. But you may be surprised to find out that many of us need to think about getting a few more nutrients in our diet. Depending on lifestyle and eating habits, there are some nutrients that could be ...Read more

Nutrition News: Holiday Stress Busters

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It's the "most wonderful time of the year" ... for stress. The busy stores, extra-commitments, social responsibilities, pressure of finding the perfect gift or cooking the perfect meal, travel realities, decorating, making family memories, and attending (or surviving!) holiday family gatherings may leave us less joy-filled and more stress-filled...Read more

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

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