There are certain foods I can’t get enough of and, incidentally, most of them fall within the Italian diet. Luckily for my health, Italian cuisine follows the Mediterranean pattern of eating—it focuses on simple, natural ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, dark leafy greens and whole grains, making it one of the world’s healthiest diets. Research suggests that the benefits of a Mediterranean-style eating pattern may include improved weight loss, better control of blood-glucose (sugar) levels and reduced risk of depression. Check out these 8 essential ingredients of Italian cuisine, compiled by EatingWell’s editors, that you should add to your diet.
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Since I'm always interested in learning how food can help to prevent and manage different health conditions, a recent study about the link between coffee and depression caught my attention. The study, which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine and got a lot of buzz, suggested that women who drink coffee have lower rates of depression. Sure, it was an association, which doesn’t prove that coffee was responsible for the lower rates of depression, but it was a very large study (more than 50,000 women) that traced coffee intake and depression diagnoses over the course of 14 years. As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, that’s strong enough evidence for me to say that if you already drink coffee, you can count this among the other potential health boons to support your coffee habit (...read full post »
Add to your list of fall’s simple pleasures—along with turning leaves, apple cider and professional football (Go Giants!)—the return of pumpkin-flavored foods. I love pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer and even pumpkin candy when I can find it. What a great flavor! Pumpkin balances the sweet, light taste of squash with a decadent rich texture that feels almost velvety on the tongue.
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My sons are grown now, but I remember well the challenges of stocking my pantry with foods they liked that were good for them too. Because I’m a nutrition professor, my neighbors, friends and family often ask me whether or not a particular food is a nutritious choice for their kids.
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Here are a few foods that at first glance seem healthy, but deserve a closer look.
1. Granola Bars
Many granola bars are, unfortunately, candy bars in disguise. How do you pick one for your child that isn’t essentially candy? I look for three things.
Breakfast is hands-down my favorite meal of the day. Mostly I keep it simple—toast and peanut butter, fruit and yogurt. But when I have more time or when I go out to eat, I’m faced with an important choice: pancakes or eggs?
As a dietitian and associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine I know that when you’re cooking at home, both pancakes or eggs can be a healthy choice (more on that below). So let’s look at the health pros and cons of pancakes and eggs and I’ll give you my verdict in the pancakes vs. eggs smack-down.
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