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Nutrition News: Fatty Acids and Breast Cancer

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There are some cancers where diet can make a big difference -- breast cancer is one of them. Researchers at the University of Illinois in Champaign may have pinpointed the reason why.

"Scientists at the University of Illinois have found that free fatty acids in the blood appear to boost proliferation and growth of breast cancer cells," ...Read more

Veggie Boost

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We've all heard that we need to eat more vegetables -- up to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But how do you really accomplish that?

One of the best ways is to add fruits and vegetables at breakfast. Here are a few tips from Environmental Nutrition Newsletter to help boost your intake:

1. Think veggies with eggs: Add tomatoes, ...Read more

Nutrition News: Limit Your Food Waste

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Want to save money and help the planet at the same time? Limit your food waste.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips to help do that: Plan your meals with the food you already have and store your leftovers safely.

Approximately 40 percent of all edible food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten, according to the Academy Foundation's ...Read more

Fuel for the Brain

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A new study finds that higher consumption of vegetables and fruits is associated with lower odds of future memory loss in men, according to a study published recently in Neurology.

But haven't we always known that fruits and veggies are good for us? This is just another reason to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, as recommended ...Read more

Nutrition News: Diets vs. Healthy Eating

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Oh, those headlines full of promises that this diet is the one that guarantees you will be 10 pounds lighter in just a week. We've all seen them, and there's a pull to try them in hopes that the promises might be true.

The truth? Diets don't work. Going on and off a diet is a recipe for disaster and may be harmful in the long run.

Here'...Read more

Nutrition News: Salt and Cardiovascular Risk

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We need to cut the salt a bit more.

A new National Academies report finds that healthy adults can lower their cardiovascular risk simply by cutting daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (the amount in 1 teaspoon of salt) and may lower it even more by going as low as 1,500 milligrams.

The authors found moderately strong evidence for both a ...Read more

Carb Myths

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Lately, I feel like I've had way too many conversations defending carbohydrates. Maybe it's because of the popularity of the keto diet or the paleo diet or a revived Atkins diet, all of which promote an unhealthy combination of high fat and dangerously low carbs.

Simply put, carbs are not the enemy. Carbohydrates are the most desirable source ...Read more

Nutrition News: Want to Feel Better? Move More

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It seems so simple, this thought that exercise makes us healthier. But nearly 80 percent of adults don't get enough exercise for optimal health, according to the second edition of the "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans," developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We really do know that.

Here's a little reminder ...Read more

Nutrition News: Type 3 Diabetes

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You've probably heard of Type 1 diabetes (mainly in children) and Type 2 diabetes (which occurs later in life), but now there is a Type 3 diabetes. It's the result of a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

Type 1 occurs when the body's pancreas is unable to make insulin. About 5 percent of diabetes cases are Type 1. It's considered an...Read more

Nutrition News: Heart-Healthy Foods

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Throughout the month of February, American Heart Month, Americans are urged to join the battle against heart disease, the No. 1 health risk in both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A healthy diet and lifestyle can be modified to help decrease the risk of disease and increase quality of life.

A heart-healthy diet ...Read more

Nutrition News: Fiber and Added Fiber

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Most of us need more fiber in our diets. The goal is 25 to 35 grams per day, and as Americans, we typically get about half that amount. The Dietary Guidelines categorize dietary fiber as a "nutrient of public health concern," meaning our low level of intake could actually be detrimental to our health.

It seems like good news that food ...Read more

Vitamin D and Diabetes

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Vitamin D may play a significant role in helping people with prediabetes not develop the disease. In a new study published in Diabetes Care, high-risk patients with the highest blood levels of vitamin D were 28 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest levels.

Researchers at Tufts University led by Dr. ...Read more


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