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Health's Blog (Page 37)

March 13, 2012 - 11:37am

When the USDA came out with its Dietary Guidelines last year, it also published information on the so-called “shortfall nutrients” that Americans are not getting enough of. Are you getting enough of these four important nutrients? Here’s what they are and how to make sure you’re getting enough of them in your diet.

Must-Read: 6 Easy Ways to Meet the Dietary Guidelines

1. Fiber
Why You Need It: Fiber might sound dry and boring, but it’s oh-so-important for your health. Eating enough fiber can help prevent type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer and heart disease. Research also suggests that consuming fiber-rich foods might boost weight loss by...

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March 6, 2012 - 4:03pm

I’m sure you’ve heard you should be eating seafood twice a week because it’s low in calories and fat, packed with protein and certain oily varieties, such as tuna, salmon and sardines, are a good source of healthy omega-3 fats, which have been shown to improve heart health and your mood.

Related: 5 Top Food Sources of Omega-3 Fats
Healthy Recipes: 5-Ingredient Fish and Seafood Dinners

When it comes to which fish to choose, as a nutritionist and woman “of childbearing age,” I’ve always heeded the advice the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gives to kids, women who are, or...

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March 2, 2012 - 2:09pm

Last time I visited the dentist, we were having one of those awkward, mouth-full-of-toothpaste conversations. She was asking me about my work (I’m the associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine and a registered dietitian, and I write a lot about food and health), when it occurred to me that I wanted to write about foods for healthier teeth (and by extension, a brighter smile).

Must-Read: Beauty Foods That Fight Wrinkles, Swelling & More

Here’s what I found out:

Crunchy and Chewy Foods
Crunchy and chewy foods—such as carrots, celery and nuts—cause saliva to flow; saliva neutralizes the acids formed by cavity-causing bacteria. (Sticky and sweet foods,...

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February 29, 2012 - 11:45am

Think that sprig of parsley on the side of your plate is just sitting there looking pretty or that mushrooms aren’t particularly nutritious? Find out why these and 4 other “worthless” foods are better for you than you think.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms don’t have the bursting-with-nutrients reputation of more brightly colored vegetables like sweet potatoes or Swiss chard, but mushrooms are good for you. Although low in calories (just 20 calories per cup, or about 5 mushrooms), they deliver a meaty flavor, which makes mushrooms a satisfying replacement for all or some of the meat at dinner. They’re also one of the few foods that deliver vitamin D—4 medium mushrooms provide 5 IUs of the vitamin; it’s not a lot (the daily recommendation is 400 IUs), but it is notable. Lastly, there’s...

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February 28, 2012 - 6:12pm

One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to have breakfast every day. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you adopt this healthy habit for just one week.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 7: Which Is Healthier: Pancakes or Eggs?

When you’re cooking at home, either pancakes or eggs can be a healthy choice. When you’re making pancakes from scratch they can have a lot of healthy qualities. First, you can make them with whole grains like whole-wheat flour, which will add heart-healthy, filling fiber. You can also add extra-healthy toppings, such as fruit to boost vitamins and fiber- and protein-packed nuts to transform them into a nutritious breakfast. However, pancakes are not particularly high in protein—another food component that helps you feel fuller longer. Add to that maple syrup—or worse, a maple syrup...

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