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June 29, 2012 - 12:42pm

More than 16,000 nutrition studies were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals in 2011. So it’s no wonder our understanding of food and health is expanding and shifting. In fact, in the last 10 years, we’ve seen many new perspectives emerge (some former truths have now even become myths).

Related: 13 of the Biggest Nutrition and Food Myths Busted

For EatingWell Magazine’s July/August issue (our 10th anniversary!), we decided to look back some of the top nutrition revelations of the past decade, as reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D.

1. True or False: A calorie is just a calorie.
False. You’ve heard it a million times: to stay weight-stable,...

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June 14, 2012 - 6:40am

When you’re trying to slim down, every meal—and calorie—counts. But that doesn’t mean that dinner has to be a skimpy salad. You can build a filling, diet-friendly dinner (that includes dessert) around these four slimming ingredients.

Related: Find out how many calories you should be eating to shed pounds here.

1. Salad greens. Start your supper with a simple salad: it’s low in calories and research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can cut your overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. Plus, a vegetable-packed salad delivers fiber, a must-have when you’re dieting. Fiber helps you stay satisfied longer—and, according to one study,...

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June 7, 2012 (All day)

It’s summer—and that means your summer vacation is probably just around the corner. If you’re looking to slim down before you slip into that bathing suit (and who isn’t?!), you’re in luck. Cutting calories and exercising are, of course, must-dos—and you can try this 7-day weight-loss meal plan to lose up to 2 pounds this week. But new research shows that some foods may have waist-shrinking properties. Here are five tummy-tamers to add to your diet—as reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., for EatingWell Magazine.

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May 31, 2012 - 12:08pm

It’s summer—that amazing time of year when fresh produce abounds. As a dietitian and nutrition editor I love that there’s an abundance of fresh, delicious and healthy choices. Better yet: many of summer’s fruits and vegetables are brimming with secret health benefits. Here are some of my favorites and why they’re a particularly good choice in the summer—as reported on in EatingWell Magazine:

1. Corn: Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn. And did you know that two antioxidants—lutein and zeaxanthin—in corn may act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays? It’s true. The same antioxidants may also help lower your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness...

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May 18, 2012 - 11:10am

When a food in my kitchen appears to have passed its prime, my husband and I often disagree about whether to keep or toss it.

He’s traveled the world and has eaten many unrecognizable foods, so how harmful is a little mold? “Just cut it off,” he’ll say. I, on the other hand, have worked in hospital foodservice and before becoming an R.D. took courses in food safety and food microbiology. Moldy? Chuck it!

Related: Do Food Expiration Dates Really Mean Anything?
4 Foods with a Surprisingly Short Nutritional “Shelf Life”

Turns out we’re both right (or wrong,...

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