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October 23, 2012 - 1:33pm

I’ve been trying to cut down on caffeine. I came to this goal recently as I was sitting cross-legged in yoga and noticed I felt a little jittery. Not good. It was a sign that the second cup of coffee I had had that morning may have been a cup too many. While caffeinated tea and coffee have been linked to some health benefits, such as lowering risk of skin and liver cancers, caffeine has some downsides. Some people are more sensitive than others and in addition to jitters, it can deplete sleep quality, especially in folks over 40, amp up anxiety, and it’s addictive.

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October 15, 2012 - 11:16am

Ever read a food label on a product and wonder why certain ingredients are called out as “Allergens” (e.g., “May contain soy, peanuts, etc.”)? Although one could develop food allergies to many foods (I know people who are allergic to fava beans and strawberries), there are eight foods and food groups that represent the most common food allergies—what are known as the “Big Eight.” In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food manufacturers to list these eight common allergens on food labels. If you are allergic to one of these foods or if you are cooking for someone who is, you’ll find this information below very helpful, since these ingredients can sneak into many unexpected food products.

Here are the “Big Eight,” plus what foods these potential allergens lurk...

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October 10, 2012 - 3:24pm

There’s a super-important nutrient that, chances are, you’re not getting enough of: omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a nutrient powerhouse, shown to improve heart health and mood. There are two kinds of omega-3s, in particular, that are important for overall health: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). “They are longer than other omega-3s (like alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA), so they make your cell membranes more fluid, which helps brain, eye and nerve cells function better,” says Kantha Shelke, Ph.D., a spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists. Yet most Americans only get 100 mg a day of DHA/EPA, far short of the recommended 250 mg.

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October 3, 2012 - 11:04am

When a new study came out a few months ago stating that high HDL might not directly protect against disease, I paid attention. High HDL cholesterol is often touted as protective against heart disease, while high LDL cholesterol is linked to higher rates of heart disease. So the news that this might not always be true got me thinking about what other cholesterol myths are out there. Here’s what I found, starting with HDL:

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Myth #1: Having high HDL (the “good” cholesterol) directly protects you against heart disease.
This one’s a little tricky. Although it’s long been thought that having high HDL is protective, a new study in The Lancet...

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September 28, 2012 - 11:49am

With cold and flu season just around the corner, our precautionary routine has shifted from sunscreen for skin protection to immune defense. There are so many immunity-boosting products out there, and the search for a natural way to enhance your germ resistance has potentially generated an almost endless list of possibilities. (Don’t be duped by these 4 immune-boosting myths busted.)

One increasingly popular trend is taking—or eating—probiotics, the live microorganisms found in fermented foods, such as yogurt, kefir, miso, tempeh and sauerkraut, and also available in supplements. But does it work?

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