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Brierley Wright's Blog

February 9, 2010 - 11:46am

My husband was first told he had high cholesterol at 30 and since then he’s become acutely conscious of his heart health—particularly which foods are heart-healthy. I thought for sure when I pulled together a list of “surprising” foods that promote heart health, he’d look at me and say, “Duh!” Instead he surprised me by raising his eyebrows and smiling (probably because he could now add more foods to his “good for your heart” list). Find 10 recipes for brownies and more heart-healthy comfort foods here.

Here are 6 on-the-go snacks that...

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February 8, 2010 - 11:59am

Over the years we’ve all heard some nutrition information and advice that seemed so black-and-white it was hard to imagine it would ever change. I think one of those bits of information is cutting back on saturated fat to improve your heart’s health. For years research has suggested that keeping a cap on saturated fats helps reduce risk of heart disease primarily by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol, which can lead to plaque buildup in arteries.

But I just read a new study that challenges our accepted thinking. The study, to be published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pooled and analyzed the results of 21 previous studies and found no clear evidence that consuming more saturated fat led to a higher risk of heart...

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January 29, 2010 - 9:57am

Let’s face it: Americans eat too much sugar. Me included! When I think about it, I have a decent-sized list of foods that I deliberately add sugar to: my 2 cups of coffee, the maple syrup I add to my morning oatmeal, that piece of chocolate I nibbled on after lunch today and, oh yeah, the sugar-laden piece of cheesecake I had for dessert last night. Then there are the foods where I unconsciously consume sugar...

Needless to say, it’s no surprise that a recent study says that Americans consume 355 calories—or 22 teaspoons—of added sugars a day. (Added sugars are those added to food by consumers or manufacturers.) (Find 3 easy ways to break your sugar habit here.)

OK, so we eat a lot of sugar. What’s so...

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December 23, 2009 - 12:41pm

We’ve finally reached the home stretch of the holiday season. There’s still too much holiday chaos to fully commit to my “healthier me” New Year’s resolution, but I’m ready to feel healthier and I do have a little black dress I have to get into for New Year’s…

So to detox from all that calorie-laden holiday fare I’ve eaten, I’m increasing my daily fiber intake in the form of nutrient-rich high-fiber foods. Why fiber? Recent research in the Journal of Nutrition suggests eating more fiber as a way to prevent weight gain or even encourage weight loss. Over the course of the two-year study, the researchers found that boosting fiber by 8 grams...

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December 23, 2009 - 12:34pm

As a nutrition editor, I read the health headlines daily. After just a few weeks (forget 12 months!) the news all starts to blur together. But there are a handful of health news stories that stuck in my memory because the information is so useful. Here’s a look back at EatingWell’s 10 top health stories of 2009:

1. New study says organic food is not healthier—is that really true? In July researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reported that there was no nutritional difference between organic and conventionally produced foods. End of story? We don’t think so. Some studies show organics are more nutritious. Consider these findings and find out which...

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