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March 2, 2009 - 3:36am

Are all saturated fats created equal?

I know (and most experts agree) that saturated fats raise levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. And when excessive LDL accumulates in artery walls, you’re at greater risk for a heart attack or stroke.

We also know that when it comes to heart health, unsaturated fats, such as those in oils, salmon, nuts and avocados, are better choices than the saturated fats in fatty meats, cheese and butter.

If you’re in your thirties, you may not think you need to worry about heart problems yet, but what you eat now can affect your health in the long term. To keep your heart healthy you can:

  • Avoid unhealthy sat. fats and incorporate these good fats by cooking the recipes from EatingWell’s...
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February 26, 2009 - 3:36am

I’m not exactly worried about the signs of age-related macular degeneration yet—after all I’m only in my twenties and AMD doesn’t show up until much later in life. But because AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 60 and much of the damage occurs decades earlier (read: now!), I am interested in the research that suggests the nutrients in some foods may help to prevent the development of AMD. (And delay the progression of AMD for those of you whose parents or grandparents are affected.)

Five foods to help you see more clearly

Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., R.D., EatingWell’s senior nutrition advisor and a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont, dug...

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February 18, 2009 - 3:36am

I know that one of the secrets to successful dieting is planning ahead—and that includes snacks. I also know that for me, I absolutely have to have a game plan in place to stay on track—and avoid the candy dish and snacks at work—when hunger strikes.

So I stock my fridge with ingredients for quick, healthy and low-calorie snacks. But when I get tired of my go-to snacks, I get creative in the kitchen. These 10 easy snack recipes under 100 calories are my secret to staying lean.

10 days of my favorite 100 calorie (or less) snacks:

Day 1. Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
Top each chocolate square with 1/2 teaspoon nut butter for sweet satisfaction in seconds. Make...

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February 10, 2009 - 3:36am

Can food really boost your libido? The skeptic in me says it can’t be true, but the romantic part of me hopes that it is (especially this year when Valentine’s Day follows a week of stress and long days at work).

For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that oysters, chocolate, chile peppers and more so-called aphrodisiacs—including asparagus, bananas, strawberries and you-fill-in-the-blank—stoke sex drive. With my romantic dinner plans on the line, I eagerly read the facts and fiction Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., found when he looked into whether certain foods really can get you in the mood.

Before you...

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January 23, 2009 - 3:36am

One of my closest friends, who, for years, has listened to me talk about what foods are healthy and what foods are not, recently asked me if coconut oil could help you lose weight. Several readers have also asked me and the other EatingWell editors about the health benefits of coconut oil (which is laden with saturated fat) and now—when so many of us are trying to lose weight—is the perfect time to answer the question.

Joyce Hendley, one of our contributing editors, sifted through the facts—and the fiction—in EatingWell’s February issue to reveal whether or not coconut oil could help you lose weight.

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