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June 4, 2014 - 9:20am

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?

Pictured Recipe:Falafel Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

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...

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May 7, 2014 - 9:46am

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...

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March 17, 2014 - 12:13pm

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

SERVING: 1 cup (nonfat) GREEK REGULAR
Calories 133 137
Total fat (g) 0 0
Sodium (mg) 81 189
Total carb (g)...

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March 12, 2014 - 9:26am

It’s hard to beat the ease of opening a jar (unless, of course, it’s screwed on super-tight) to help bring pasta night together in a flash. To find a sauce that’s good for you, here’s what you need to know.

1. Calorie counts
Who knew something that’s predominantly tomatoes could vary so greatly? Sauces on the shelf have anywhere from 40 to 110 calories per ½-cup serving, depending on how much oil is added and how thick the sauce is.

2. The variations
Different flavors by the same brand can have very different ingredients and nutrition stats, so check the labels even when choosing between almost identical-looking sauces.

3. Money matters
You get what you pay for. The premium brands ($7-9) we tested had cleaner ingredient lists and tasted better than the $3...

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February 5, 2014 - 1:10pm

Diet and exercise are both important for weight loss. What you eat affects your health and physical activity has numerous health benefits. But, if you really want to see that number on the scale drop, what you put in your mouth matters most. People who simply cut calories to slim down lose about 2 pounds a week, says a study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders. At the same time, people who exercise but don’t restrict calories drop less than half a pound each week.

Related: See how many minutes of exercise it takes to burn off popular appetizers.

Why doesn’t physical activity produce the same pound-dropping results as calorie restriction? One thought is...

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