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September 17, 2009 - 10:40am

Most of the “water cooler conversation” around our office this time of year is about back to school. (Check out the recipes and tips in our new Back to School Guide!)

I’m sure this comes as no surprise because we work at EatingWell, but most of the focus has been on what to pack kids for lunch. You might find it refreshing to know that we too struggle with what to feed our kids.

So we were inspired to pull together this kids menu, highlighting some of the best foods for fueling young brains. Make sure your child’s lunchbox has these 3 foods to help your kids (and you...

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September 4, 2009 - 11:15am

I was at the coffee machine yesterday when my co-worker Carolyn asked me about the new sugar recommendation from the American Heart Association. Co-authored by EatingWell nutrition advisor Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., the recommendation says to reduce our intake of added sugars to help your heart and waistline. (Learn more about the difference between added sugar and natural sugar here.)

As we talked, I doctored my coffee: first some milk, then sugar….wait, should I even add sugar to my coffee?

Carolyn was thinking the same thing—she adds sugar to her coffee, and there’s already so much sugar in soda and many packaged foods. We aren’t the only ones eating too...

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September 3, 2009 - 11:33am

I don’t always pour myself a glass of wine with dinner. Frankly, there are days when I’d rather “spend” those extra calories on a larger dinner portion or dessert. After all, a 5-ounce glass of wine has about 120 calories, a 12-ounce beer has 150 and mixed drinks like pina coladas or margaritas can boast 300+ calories. (Check out these 3 cocktails: they won’t bust your diet!)

But what I often forget is that when it comes to drinks, it’s not just about the calories. There are health reasons to drink—or not—too. You’ve probably already heard the good news (alcohol might boost your good “HDL” cholesterol)—as well as the bad (alcohol could also elevate your blood pressure). And now,...

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August 31, 2009 - 12:56pm

I’m always trying to cut back on my added-sugar intake. And apparently I’m not alone: according to a recent survey I read, seven out of 10 adults say they want to reduce or avoid added sugars. And to do so, they’re turning to sweeteners that deliver zero (or minimal) calories. But not me; I’ve never developed a taste for sugar substitutes. Too bad, because on the few occasions that I do indulge in soda it’d be nice to save the 200 or so calories and order diet.

As a dietitian, however, I’m often asked about sugar substitutes. (Check out our Buyer’s Guide to Sugar Substitutes here.)...

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August 26, 2009 - 10:58am

I just read a seriously startling study that’s going to change the way I eat. I read in the British Medical Journal that researchers found that reducing sodium intake slashed cardiovascular-disease risk by 25 to 30 percent. That’s a big deal! Most Americans consume more than twice the recommended daily sodium limit of 2,300 milligrams—the amount in just 1 teaspoon of table salt.

The New York City Health Department launched a program to encourage manufacturers to cut sodium in packaged foods in half—a plan that could save 150,000 lives nationwide, every year. You can launch your own campaign to cut back on sodium and do your heart good. Here are 5 easy ways to cut sodium from your diet:...

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