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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People often look to me, as a registered dietitian, for my seal of approval as they douse yogurt with agave or flood their coffee with turbinado sugar because “it’s natural.” But you won’t find me giving a nutrition green light to use copious amounts of sugar, regardless of where it comes from. (How much sugar should you be eating? Find out here.) Whether you choose maple syrup, honey or molasses is still predominately a choice based on taste preferences rather than nutrition. However, in small amounts sugar and other sweeteners are OK. These days, with so many different sweeteners available at the grocery store, it can be tough to decide which one to buy. Some claim to be healthy, but are they really? We compared 12...read full post »
Depending on where you live, apple season is either just around the corner—or already under way. As a dietitian, I love apples for their super-healthy nutrition profile: one medium apple delivers just 95 calories and 4 grams of fill-you-up fiber. Apples are also packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.
But because I work at EatingWell Magazine, people often ask me if they should be picking and buying organic apples.
It’s a great question! Here’s my two cents—as reported for EatingWell:
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