One of the biggest offenders in our diets is an abundance of added sugars. (Find out how much sugar is too much here.) But until an “added sugars” category makes its debut on the Nutrition Facts Panel (the FDA has started to explore the possibility with a consumer study), it’s challenging to know just how much added sugar is lurking in your favorite packaged foods. And although more and more food companies are ditching high-fructose corn syrup, their products aren’t necessarily sugar-free. In fact, they may contain just as much sugar as before, just in a different form.
With cold and flu season just around the corner, our precautionary routine has shifted from sunscreen for skin protection to immune defense. There are so many immunity-boosting products out there, and the search for a natural way to enhance your germ resistance has potentially generated an almost endless list of possibilities. (Don’t be duped by these 4 immune-boosting myths busted.)
One increasingly popular trend is taking—or eating—probiotics, the live microorganisms found in fermented foods, such as yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh and sauerkraut, and also available in supplements. But does it work?
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I was surprised when I recently saw the statistic that Americans spend about 23 percent of our grocery dollars on processed foods and sweets today—nearly double what we spent 20 years ago.
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As a registered dietitian and nutrition editor for EatingWell Magazine, I know that eating too much sugar isn’t healthy. But is too much sugar simply a matter of extra calories in our diet—or is it harming our health, too? One researcher in particular, Robert Lustig, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, is spreading the message that “fructose is poison.” Is he right—or is it just a false alarm?
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Limiting sodium is important for healthy blood pressure and overall heart health. Yet most of us consume, on average, 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day. That’s much more than the daily 2,300 mg recommended limit put out in the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines. (If that sounds like a lot to you, keep in mind it’s the equivalent of just 1 teaspoon of table salt.)
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Adults who are 51-plus and those of any age who are African-American or have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should limit their sodium even more—to just 1,500 mg daily.
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You might already know that you should limit your saturated fat intake to no more than 10 percent of your total daily calories. Why? Because it raises your cholesterol and is bad for your heart. (Are all saturated fats unhealthy? Find out how to tell the difference between good and bad fats here.) So, if you're eating 2,000 calories a day, that's 22 grams of saturated fat.
Here are some easy—and delicious—ways to slash saturated fat and incorporate more "good" unsaturated fats into your diet. Try these 6 tips and you’ll save a whopping 31 grams of saturated fat.
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