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August 7, 2014 - 11:54am

A growing body of research has shown that the teeming populations of gut bacteria within us have evolved complex connections that can affect our body’s basic functions — from metabolism to sleep to mood.

Changes in the makeup of the gut bacteria in the human digestive system have been associated with a growing number of diseases.

It’s important to remember, though, that the science is still young and evolving.

Here we highlight the most intriguing of the cutting-edge studies.



Healthy Heart

Some of the many beneficial compounds that certain gut bacteria produce for us are carotenoids—antioxidants that are believed to protect against stroke and angina.

In a 2012 study in Nature Communications, researchers in Sweden compared the gut microbiome of stroke...

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July 30, 2014 - 9:51am

Most Americans get 10 to 15 grams of protein at breakfast, but 30 grams may be the magic number to keep your appetite in check throughout the day and prevent weight gain. New research presented at the Obesity Society’s annual meeting found that women who ate a protein-packed breakfast (30 grams from eggs and sausage) felt more satisfied and ate about 100 calories less at lunch compared to those who ate a low-protein pancake breakfast. A high-protein morning meal also quelled evening snacking (by about 135 calories) in a small study of teenagers.

“Protein is key for satiety because it activates the body’s signals that curb appetite, reduce food cravings and prevent overeating,” says Heather Leidy, Ph.D., lead author and assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. Her research shows protein...

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July 23, 2014 - 1:20pm

Drinking green tea may reduce your risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s and stroke, but tea’s benefits don’t stop there: new research shows it can also keep you looking younger. A recent study found that green tea extract applied to the eye area daily for 8 weeks diminished crow’s-feet wrinkles. That’s due to the high levels of antioxidants in green tea, which studies show also help reduce redness and puffiness (key if you’re not getting enough sleep) when applied topically.

While the most potent green tea extracts are found in beauty products, you can still wring some benefits by steeping two green tea bags in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes. Then squeeze and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place one cooled tea bag over each eye for 15 minutes, recommends Jolene Hart, a beauty nutrition expert and author of Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside...

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July 15, 2014 - 3:41pm

Put the emphasis on vegetables at mealtime. Pick one day (or just a meal) a week to eat meatless and have veggies be the shinning star on your plate. If you’re worried that you’ll miss the meat, include chewy, satisfying foods like seared firm tofu, grilled mushrooms and nuts, which feel more filling because they take more time and effort to eat than, say, a spoonful of broth. They also better mimic the way you chew meat—which makes them a more satisfying substitute.

Don’t Miss: 5 Secrets for Cooking Vegetarian Food That Satisfies Like a Meaty Meal

Recipe of the Day: Moo Shu Vegetables
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July 15, 2014 - 3:30pm

Even the biggest veggie-phobe will munch down when you offer a delicious dip with crunchy spears of fresh vegetables. Carrots, celery and peppers take on a whole new taste when dunked with a little dip—OK, for some of you perhaps drowned in dip. It’s all good, if the veggies get eaten. And when you pick one of EatingWell’s healthy dip recipes, you really can’t go wrong. (Plus, with our Creamy Spinach Dip Recipe, even the dip has veggies!)

A 2011 Temple University Study found that adding a small amount of dip to a serving of vegetables helped children eat more of them. The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that offering 2.5 ounces of ranch dressing as a dip increased broccoli consumption by 80 percent. Go dip!

So go ahead and...

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