Picking out healthy and filling breakfast foods at the grocery store can feel pretty overwhelming. There are thousands of options to choose from, but it’s hard to tell which are the healthiest choices.
We put two popular fast and filling breakfast foods head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? For a quick, easy breakfast that will fill you up, which is a better choice—1 cup of toasted-oats cereal with 1/2 cup low-fat (2%) milk or 2 slices of whole-grain toast topped with 2 tablespoons peanut butter?
The Winner: Peanut butter with whole-grain toast takes the slight edge for the win, but both of these are actually healthy options that will fuel your morning.
Here’s why we picked the toast—and an explanation of why both are nutritious breakfasts, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell...read full post »
Picking healthy foods at the grocery store, especially for kids, can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands of foods to choose from. But how do you know if the ones that seem wholesome and nutritious actually are?
We put two popular drinks head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? When it comes to picking a refreshing and fun beverage, which is a healthier choice—low-fat chocolate milk or 100% fruit juice?
You want something that packs in nutrients and keeps you feeling full if you’re out for a hike or on the go all day. We put two snack foods head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? Granola bars or trail mix?
The Winner: Chocolate milk is the better pick, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell. Here's why:
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Though the low-fat craze has come and gone, many of the beliefs we have about fat are tough to let go of.
Recent research raises new questions about fat and its role in health, particularly when it comes to saturated fat. It’s hard to know what to believe.
It’s true that fat—at 9 calories per gram—has more calories per gram than proteins or carbs (which each have just 4 calories per gram). And trans fats, mostly found in hydrogenated oils, are still considered harmful to our health.
Foods can certainly be healthy without a low-fat label, and it’s OK to embrace that fact. Fat adds flavor to foods and helps keep you full, because it takes a long time to digest. Many fats are good for you, like the heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, olives and avocados. Plus, sometimes the good kind of fat that...read full post »
Picking healthy spreads and cooking oils at the grocery store can be pretty confusing. There are many different choices out there, but which is best to pick?
We put two popular fats head to head to find out which is healthier: this or that? Is it healthier to use butter or coconut oil when it comes to fats?
The Winner: It’s a draw, actually.
They were both considered nutritional bad boys at one time for their high content of saturated fat, but both coconut oil and butter have gotten a bit of an image makeover in the past few years, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.
Saturated fat might not be the dietary villain it has been made out to be, according to recent research. And we’re seeing more “Butter Is Good for You” and “Coconut Oil: Super Health Food” headlines than ever. Our take on...read full post »
Picking healthy foods at the grocery store can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands to choose from. At lunchtime, or even when looking for healthy snack ideas, it can be mind-boggling to figure out which spread is better for you—natural peanut butter or reduced-fat peanut butter (which is officially called a peanut-butter spread, since it has fewer peanuts.)
If you’re whipping up a peanut butter sandwich, is your best pick natural peanut butter or reduced-fat peanut butter spread? We put the two foods head to head to find out, which is healthier: this or that?
The Winner: Natural peanut butter. Yes, the full-fat peanut butter is actually healthier, so next time you’re wondering, just go all-natural. As Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell, here’s why:
Fat and Calories: Reduced-fat...read full post »