It seems counterproductive to lower your cholesterol (a fat) by eating healthy fats (omega-3 and monounsaturated fats), but it works. And the result is a healthier heart.
A recent analysis found that dietary changes that raise blood levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol can decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease...Read more
Many of us keep our grill handy all year long, but we typically use it more in the summer months. As the temperatures rise, grilling your food is a great way to keep the kitchen cool.
Our family grills meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables and even fruit -- the grill brings out the flavors in a way that other cooking methods don't. When you think ...Read more
Since the prevalence of the Atkins and keto diets, carbs have gotten a bad rap. The truth is, the right carbs, just like the right fats, improve your overall diet. New research finds they may even help you lose weight -- and help your heart.
Cardiovascular disease is the underlying cause in approximately one out of every three deaths in the ...Read more
Many of us have had loved ones debilitated by dementia. My father-in-law suffered for eight years; my uncle had it as well. Many of us worry we might have it later in life. We know there are many things that can be done to help prevent it. The MIND diet, which is a blend of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet and emphasizes fruits, ...Read more
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, eating disorders have escalated, especially among teens.
The National Eating Disorders Association has reported increases as high as 70% to 80% in calls to its helpline at different points last year. Last July, the International Journal of Eating Disorders published a survey of people in the United States who ...Read more
Want to eat healthier? You may need to slow down -- enjoy your meal more, linger a bit.
It could be that simple.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that children who were given a 20-minute lunch period versus 10 minutes ate more fruits and vegetables. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, began June 3, ...Read more
While I don't believe in superfoods, I do think there are foods we should choose more often to include in our diet, including berries, avocadoes, leafy greens, pomegranates, salmon and whole grains such as quinoa.
A recent study, albeit small, highlights the power of adding strawberries to our plate. New research in the journal Nutrients found ...Read more
Want to make a simple change that will help you have a healthier diet? Eat more fiber. Most of us simply aren't eating enough.
A recent five-year study presented at the American Society for Nutrition's annual conference found just 7.4% of U.S. adults met the Institute of Medicine's recommended daily intake of 14 grams of fiber ...Read more
News flash: You don't need special, expensive foods to build a healthy diet. Surprised?
Most of us buy into the myth that eating healthy costs more. But the United States Department of Agriculture has a plan to help you eat healthy -- at an affordable rate. It involves choosing healthier foods such as carrots and pinto beans over ice cream and ...Read more
We're starting to get it.
For the first time in five years, adults in the United States know the right definition of healthy foods.
A survey by the International Food Information Council found more people define healthy foods by the presence of healthy components rather than the absence of things people wish to avoid. Back in 2016, 17% of ...Read more
With our health, it's the little decisions that make a big difference over time.
A new study finds that the little decision of choosing olive, canola or corn oil over butter or margarine can help prevent chronic disease.
The study, published in the BMC Med on April 15, 2021, followed more than 521,000 participants, ages 50-71 years, from the ...Read more
I've given several presentations lately on "food as medicine" -- meaning, eating for health. We all know the statistics. More than 74% of adults in the U.S. are obese or overweight. Another 1.6% are underweight. Both can negatively affect your health.
People who are underweight have a higher risk of malnutrition, decreased immune function and ...Read more
The statistics say that 1 in 3 U.S. adults is currently at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The problem is most adults don't know that.
For anyone worried about getting Type 2 diabetes, know that there are lifestyle changes you can make to prevent it.
Diabetes runs in my family. My grandfather, father and brother all had it. Those ...Read more