Following the alkaline diet means eating mostly plants, limiting meat, skipping dairy, sweets, alcohol and caffeine and banishing processed food. Sounds like a healthy move, right?
Not so fast. Most of the touted health benefits of the alkaline diet aren’t research-backed. The theory behind it is that our Western diet (rich with saturated fat, simple sugars and sodium and lacking in potassium, magnesium and fiber) produces acid, driving our body’s pH down slightly, making it more acidic. So the thinking goes that having an acidic pH fuels chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and obesity and promotes ailments like bloating and chronic fatigue. Eating a diet that makes your body more alkaline staves off those health problems. Nice theory. The reality is that your body, especially your kidneys and lungs, maintains a steady pH regardless of what you...read full post »
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2014, released earlier this year, ranked 32 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner: the DASH diet.
The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of experts, which included EatingWell advisors David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., gave it top billing in part because it scored well in the heart health and nutrition completeness...read full post »
Here’s a new reason to eat more oily fish, fruits and vegetables to keep your heart healthy—having a healthier heart may help you look younger. When researchers showed people photos of women about 60 years of age, they thought the women with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease looked two years younger compared to those with a higher risk.
The key to achieving a youthful appearance may be tied to your systolic blood pressure (that’s the top number). Researchers think that when your blood pressure is too high, it may impede your skin’s microvascular system, responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen. When those beneficial elements aren’t delivered optimally, it may strain your skin and possibly diminish that youthful glow. High blood pressure may also be linked to women who looked older because it’s related to other lifestyle factors like...read full post »
Eating clean means eating more whole foods and less processed foods. It may sound like a fad, but it’s not based on unrealistic eating patterns or cutting out entire food groups. Need more guidance? See our 10 clean eating tips here to get started.
Cleaning up your diet is a lot easier when your pantry, fridge and freezer are filled with healthy, clean foods. Whole foods like fruits and vegetables are easy-to-spot clean foods, but you can also tell a clean product by its short ingredient list, filled with names you recognize (and can even pronounce!). A hallmark of eating clean is to choose foods with healthy ingredients like whole grains and healthy fats and those low in added sugar and salt. Here are some other tips to help you stock your...read full post »
Greek Vs. Regular: By the Numbers
Greek yogurt has surged in popularity in recent years, and with good reason. Straining out the extra whey in yogurt makes Greek yogurt thick, creamy and tangy. The plain variety has less sugar and more protein than typical yogurt. But regular yogurt delivers twice the bone-strengthening mineral calcium. Greek yogurt also tends to be more expensive than regular yogurt, because more milk goes into making each cup.
Pictured Recipe: Apple Oatmeal
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