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Nutrition News: Holiday Help

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Oh, the holidays. They can sabotage the greatest of intentions when it comes to healthy eating.

On average, Americans gain approximately one to two pounds during the holiday season. While this weight gain isn't dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. With just a few strategies, you can avoid holiday weight gain...Read more

Nutrition News: A Yogurt a Day

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A Yogurt a Day

You may want to snack on a yogurt while you read this. Several studies back up the theory that dairy, especially yogurt, can help you maintain your weight, according to Angelo Tremblay, researcher with the Department of Kinesiology at Laval University in Quebec.

"Weight management and dairy isn't a new story, but it's certainly ...Read more

Nutrition News: Oh, Those Hidden Sugars

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The average American eats 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day without knowing it, according to research by Atkins Inc. The company has a campaign to help consumers and school children learn about hidden sugars in foods by using a virtual reality experience. Using "sugar goggles," students are taken through an abstract of a tunnel in the body to ...Read more

Nutrition News: Meal Replacements for Weight Loss

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Meal Replacements for Weight Loss

Since the 1970s, Americans have gained weight -- and lots of it. As of three years ago, 68.5 percent of U.S. adults and 31.8 percent of children are overweight or obese, according to statistics from the National Weight Registry.

It's a result of an abundant food supply that is affordable and jobs that don't ...Read more

Nutrition News: Glycemic Index

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Glycemic Index

Should you care about a food's glycemic index?

Maybe, maybe not.

The glycemic index, simply put, is a measure of how quickly a food causes blood sugar levels to rise.

The measure ranks food on a scale of 0 to 100. Foods with a high glycemic index, or GI, are quickly digested and absorbed, causing a rapid rise in blood sugar. ...Read more

Nutrition News: Breastfeeding Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

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Breast cancer seems to have touched everyone in one way or another -- whether a relative or friend or yourself. I'm thankful my mom is a two-time survivor.

To mark National Breast Cancer Month in October, the American Institute of Cancer Research highlights a finding from its recent report -- mothers who breastfeed have lower risk of breast ...Read more

Nutrition News: Fall Foods

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Fall is my favorite time of the year, hands down. I love the pumpkins, the leaves, the crisp mornings and evenings and the bonfires.

Fall always meant the start of something new - a new semester, a new hobby, a new class.

It can also be a time to start a healthier lifestyle -- enjoy a brisk walk outside, try a new recipe, try a new fall ...Read more

Nutrition News: Butter or Margarine?

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A friend called with a valid question that many of us wonder -- should she choose butter or margarine? Which is a healthier choice?

It's a hot topic debate that has been battled over the decades. Some claim that margarine is a heart healthy alternative to butter, while others claim that margarine is not "natural," and therefore should not be ...Read more

Nutrition News: Whole Grains For Cancer Prevention

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A new report from the American Institute of Cancer Research finds five habits that can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer:

--Eating whole grains and foods containing fiber reduces risk

--Excess body fat is one of the strongest factors that increases risk

--Consuming processed meats and high amounts of red meat increases risk

--Drinking two...Read more

Nutrition News: Food Safety First

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So many families have been affected by Harvey and Irma, and unfortunately, the hurricane season isn't over yet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and offer guidance on food safety issues after a hurricane or flooding, as detailed below.

The first order of business in cleaning up after a disaster is to assess all food and ...Read more

Nutrition News: Finding the Perfect Diet For Weight Loss

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Finding the Perfect Diet For Weight Loss

Losing weight can be so elusive. Makes you wonder if there's a best diet -- low carb, low fat, intermittent fasting, cabbage soup?

The bottom line? Forget dieting. Make lifestyle changes. Diets are for the short-term and usually don't hold up over the long-term. If you're serious about losing weight, ...Read more

Nutrition News: Weight and Cancer Risk

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We all know being overweight or obese isn't healthy. In fact, most of us have tried - at some point in our lives -- to shed a few extra pounds. A recent look at weight and its effect on cancer should encourage all of us to keep trying.

Many people think that whether or not you get cancer is just luck of the draw. Or, that your chances are ...Read more

Nutrition News: Food Safety Update

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Whether you are a college student heading to begin a new adventure or the parents left to adjust to an empty nest, food safety can never be ignored.

For students, college life includes living in a dorm, preparing their own food and eating meals on-the-go. Whether packing a lunch to eat between class, road tripping with perishables or gearing up...Read more

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