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August 5, 2013 - 10:58am

Don’t be fooled by the book title. The FastDiet (Atria, 2013), by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, doesn’t call for a total fast—or eating quickly. Also known as the 5:2 diet, it has you adopt a lifelong pattern of fasting two days a week and being “gloriously free from calorie counting” for five days. On those two fasting days, you can eat 500 or 600 calories—for women and men, respectively.

The promise is steady weight loss (about a pound per week). And in theory you don’t pig out on your eat-what-you-want days because your stomach shrinks and can’t handle large volumes of food. The added benefit is better health. The science supporting fasting is growing: research findings from lab animals suggest intermittent fasting may lower your risk of cancer, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s and improve your body’s sensitivity to...

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April 19, 2013 - 1:06pm

Juicing and smoothies are all the rage right now. While both can boost your fruit and vegetable intake (something most Americans need to do) and are great for getting a variety of produce into your diet, one is the better choice.

That’s the smoothie. Why? Juicing leaves behind a pulp—which contains fiber and nutrients that you end up tossing away—and thus you lose most of the benefits of whole fruits and vegetables. Blending produce into a smoothie, however, preserves fiber—and a smoothie can deliver an extra boost of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals because it often includes fruit skins and pith. If your smoothie includes yogurt or milk, you get some calcium too. Blending, however, introduces oxygen and sometimes heat, which will knock out a little vitamin C and some B vitamins. (No big deal really, as most of us get plenty of C and produce isn’...

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March 15, 2013 - 1:02pm

Here’s why you can feel good about organic: USDA–certified organic means your food is produced without synthetic pesticides, bioengineering or radiation; animals are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones. But the debate about whether organic foods are healthier for you continues. And two new studies add to the controversy. (Here are 14 foods you should buy organic.)

Don’t Miss: Save Money with these 15 Foods You Don’t Need to Buy Organic

In a recent study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, researchers fed organically and conventionally grown carrots to mice. Mice who ate organic had an increase...

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March 11, 2013 - 1:59pm

If you have celiac-disease, gluten-sensitivity or for some other reason you’re not eating gluten—the protein found in wheat, rye and barley—you probably know to steer clear of big, obvious offenders like bread, pasta and baked goods.

Related: 4 Easy Ways to Avoid Gluten

But there are also foods that are sometimes made with gluten-containing ingredients that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to contain gluten. Here’s a list of surprising foods that are not gluten-free—a must-read if you have celiac-disease, are eating gluten-free or cooking for someone who is.


• Bouillon cubes and broths
• Dairy substitutes, such as nondairy creamer
• Rice mixes
•...

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January 30, 2013 - 12:05pm

Aging is inevitable. Sadly. And there are many variables involved in how long you live. But you can also add years to your life by making smarter food choices. Keep your mind razor-sharp and body finely honed with these 11 anti-aging drinks.

1. Pink Grapefruit Juice for Smoother Skin
Pink grapefruit gets its pink-red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that’ll keep your skin smooth according to a study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. Researchers found that of the 20 individuals studied, those who had higher skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin. (Find more foods for beautiful skin here.)

2. Alcohol to Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease
Drinking...

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