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Diet's Blog (Page 38)

November 12, 2010 - 11:06am

You may only know about probiotics (the so-called “good” bacteria that’s best known for being added to yogurt) from watching actress Jamie Lee Curtis tell all of America in a commercial that she regulates her digestion with a probiotic yogurt.

Related: Healthy Breakfasts with Yogurt

But probiotic products—mostly yogurts and other dairy-based beverages—have been popular in Europe for years (some of the grocery stores I’ve been in have a full aisle devoted to them). Since they’re becoming more popular in the U.S., I was curious: what does the research actually say about probiotics and digestion, weight loss, immunity and cancer?...

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November 10, 2010 - 12:24pm

I love so many things about fall:  apples, squash, hearty soups...and Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. I’m sure that part of the appeal is that I can only get them at this time of year. (I like to eat in-season, what can I say?)

I can’t deny that they’re simply delicious: spicy and yet oh-so-sweet—so sweet, in fact, that I knew they couldn’t be low-cal. But I had no idea how shockingly high the actual calorie count of this seasonal sip can be if you order it in its full glory. I’m not talking a 20-ounce venti, just a pedestrian grande (16 oz.) with whole milk and whipped cream. The “grande” total: 410 calories, 17 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 48 grams of sugars.

Enough to make me revise my order. Starbucks isn’t the only place where ordering...

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November 3, 2010 - 11:02am

Slimming down after having my son last May took some work, but I had the season on my side. Summer’s glorious bounty of vegetables made losing weight seem relatively simple: I’d pick whatever veggies looked fresh at the market and then throw them on the grill with a lean source of protein, such as chicken or fish. Then, I’d round out the meal with a reasonable portion of a healthy carb-based side, such as brown rice. But as fall creeps on and winter draws near, I’ve realized that my secret weight-loss weapon—in-season vegetables—works all year round. Incorporating these five fresh-right-now vegetables into your diet plan can help you win the weight-loss battle this winter.

Potatoes: They’ve gotten a bad rap for scoring high on the glycemic index—which reflects how much blood glucose rises...

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October 27, 2010 - 11:58am

I’ve never been a fan of low-carb diets: our bodies and our brains need carbohydrates to work effectively. A few years ago, while preparing for a marathon with Team in Training, a fellow runner told me she was trying to lose weight. That’s cool. Then she told me about her super-restrictive low-carb diet. At the time, I was getting my master’s degree in nutrition and I couldn’t resist sharing my opinion. “You. Must. Eat. Carbs,” I told her, carrying on about how high-carb foods are essential for rebuilding the energy stores that you deplete running long distances. (Read 6 more reasons your body needs carbohydrates here.)

Of course, not all carbohydrates are created...

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October 26, 2010 - 12:15pm

Garlic is one of those ingredients that I always have on hand: there’s a bulb on my kitchen counter and a jar of minced garlic in my fridge. I love it because not only does garlic add flavor and aroma to any dish, but it offers health benefits too. Studies show garlic may lower breast, colon, stomach, throat and skin cancer risks. It’s heart-healthy, too, as it’s been shown to prevent clotting. The secret to all these health benefits? Sulfides.

Related: Find out why pairing garlic and onions with whole grains makes them even healthier.

(Cooks take note: the way garlic is treated in the kitchen can affect its health benefits. Those beneficial sulfides aren’t released...

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