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Diet's Blog (Page 49)

May 27, 2009 - 4:36am

Some people just love to gossip about the health benefits of certain foods (like eating oysters for better sex), but it’s not so great when they end up spreading food myths instead of truths. It’s not that they’re intentionally lying. It’s just that they don’t have the whole story. There are a few myths (or you might call them half-truths) that I hear again and again. Here they are, “busted” with the cold, hard facts.

Eating oysters helps get you “in the mood.” That oysters or other foods can spark your libido is more fable than fact, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which reviewed the science on the subject. So why, then...

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May 22, 2009 - 4:36am

I love cookies! Hands down, they’re my favorite dessert.

People’s jaws, including a few of my co-worker’s, hit the floor when I say that. How could I, a dietitian, love something so inherently unhealthy—and (gasp!) eat them too?

Well, I do! But I like to keep my cookie needs in check—and not waste a day’s worth of calories fulfilling a craving—so I often turn to EatingWell’s cookie collection to find something satisfying, but not loaded with calories.

Here are my 5 favorite diet-friendly cookies (that don’t taste one bit diet-friendly). They’re all 100 calories—or less—so you can indulge without breaking the calorie bank.

Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies (94 calories...

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May 20, 2009 - 4:36am

When the weather turns warm and the days get long, my husband, Jon, and I start gathering our neighbors and friends for “firepit nights.” (A month after we moved into our house, Jon built us a huge in-ground firepit.) We’ll make burgers or some chicken, tofu or even grilled pizzas; everyone else brings sides, snacks and drinks to share. On a typical Saturday, the crew gathers around 4:30 or 5 and lingers well past midnight. Often, the eating gets out of hand. So that I can still stuff myself into my shorts the next day, I’ve found that it’s helpful to follow a few simple rules for smart eating at summer barbecues:

Contribute something that’s good—for you. If you bring a...

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May 13, 2009 - 4:36am

I’m one of those people who lives to eat. Luckily, I’ve been able to keep any unwanted extra pounds at bay thanks, in part, to my passion for running and also, in part, to my commitment to eating as many fruits and vegetables a day as possible.

My love of food (it’s an obsession, actually, according to this quiz: Are you obsessed with food?) is so great that for years I’ve been dreading the day my metabolism hits the brakes and slows down. Metabolism slows by 1 to 2 percent each decade after age 30, and that’s just around the corner for me.

But a slower metabolism is most marked in one’s sixties and beyond. Why? There’s a significant decrease in muscle in your sixties, particularly in women. And since muscle is a calorie-burning powerhouse, muscle loss equals fewer calories burned.

So...

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April 15, 2009 - 4:36am

My kitchen is a no-butter zone! Well, with the exception of a teeny-tiny amount for toast. The worst part: it’s not my rule. It’s my fiance’s. He doesn’t loathe butter, he actually loves the stuff, but saturated fat is his #1 enemy. (Andy has high cholesterol and he’s one of a few fortunate people I know who can keep it in check with a healthy diet and regular exercise.) And because butter is basically straight-up fat, most of which is saturated, we opt instead for some of these low-fat EatingWell dinners.

Dr. Philip Ades who wrote EatingWell for a Healthy Heart agrees. (The book was just nominated for a James Beard Award as one of the best healthy cookbooks of the year.) And, in fact, his cookbook puts together more...

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