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March 19, 2012 - 1:45pm

A new study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, looked at how much consumers actually pay attention to Nutrition Facts labels on food products.

When the study participants were asked about their label-reading habits, many said they read the nutrition facts: for example, 33 percent reported “almost always” reading the calorie content. (The number of people who reported reading other components of the label, such as fat and sugar content, was lower.) But when the researchers put the study participants to the test with an eye-tracking device, those who truly read the Nutrition Facts label was much lower (only 9% looked at calorie counts, for example)—and even when consumers did examine the nutrition information, very few assessed every component of the label.

As a dietitian and nutrition...

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March 6, 2012 - 4:03pm

I’m sure you’ve heard you should be eating seafood twice a week because it’s low in calories and fat, packed with protein and certain oily varieties, such as tuna, salmon and sardines, are a good source of healthy omega-3 fats, which have been shown to improve heart health and your mood.

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Healthy Recipes: 5-Ingredient Fish and Seafood Dinners

When it comes to which fish to choose, as a nutritionist and woman “of childbearing age,” I’ve always heeded the advice the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives to kids, women who are, or...

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February 22, 2012 - 1:02pm

You probably already know that you’re supposed to be eating fish twice a week. Fish are a lean, healthy source of protein—and the oily kinds, such as salmon, tuna, sardines, etc.—deliver those heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fats you’ve probably also heard you should be getting in your diet. (Find out if you need an omega-3 supplement here.)

But then there’s also this concern about sustainability—and choosing seafood that’s sustainable.

So, if you’re like me, you often stand at the fish counter a little perplexed: what’s good for me and the planet?

Fortunately, Seafood Watch, the program run by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has combined data from leading health...

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February 17, 2012 - 12:02pm

Let’s face it: Hollywood makes losing weight look easy! Especially with all those toned bodies walking the red carpet this awards season. But if shedding a few pounds is on your to-do list, don’t be so quick to follow in the footsteps of your favorite celebs.

Don’t Miss: Lose Up to 2 Pounds Healthfully This Week with This Diet Meal Plan

Here are 4 popular celebrity diets to be wary of:

1. Paleo Diet
Megan Fox is rumored to have followed this diet, also called the Caveman Diet. On the Paleo Diet, you’re supposed to eat like your ancestors, which means eating a lot of animal protein, “natural” carbohydrates (essentially fruits and vegetables) and some...

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