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February 2, 2012 - 12:31pm

To celebrate American Heart Month and our Healthy Hearts Challenge, every day this week we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 1: Eat These 6 Purple Foods to Help Your Blood Pressure.

Research shows that people who eat blue and purple fruits and vegetables—blueberries, plums, purple cabbage, black currants, eggplant and purple grapes—have a reduced risk for high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol (that’s the good kind). Scientists believe that anthocyanins, the compounds that give purple foods their color, are responsible for these boons. Blue and purple foods make up only about 3 percent of the average American’s fruit and veggie intake, so aim to eat more.

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February 1, 2012 - 11:55am

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans: on average, one person dies every 39 seconds, according to recently published data from the American Heart Association.

I've talked in the past about cutting back on saturated fat (found mostly in animal-based products like red meat and full-fat dairy), added sugars and sodium for better heart health. Keep working at those!

Don't Miss: 3 Ways to Eat Less Sugar
6 Easy Ways to Reduce the Sodium in Your Diet
Fast Swaps That Cut Saturated Fat

But one thing that I haven't talked about much happens...

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January 26, 2012 - 10:54am

Most of us eat too much sugar. On average, Americans consume 475 calories of added sugars EVERY DAY (that’s 30 teaspoons). Compare this with the American Heart Association’s recommendation that American women limit their added sugars to no more than 100 calories (or 6 teaspoons) of added sugars per day and men consume no more than 150 calories (9 teaspoons) daily.

Don't Miss: 3 Ways to Break Your Sugar Habit

If you’re trying to cut back on added sugars in your diet, you’ve probably already tackled the obvious sources. Sugar-sweetened beverages like soft drinks, energy and sports drinks along with fruit drinks account for almost half of Americans’ added-sugars consumption. Desserts like cakes,...

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January 17, 2012 - 12:09pm

Some people have trouble falling asleep. Others can’t stay asleep. And then there are the people (um, me!) who have trouble turning life “off” and tucking into bed at a reasonable hour. (Get 3 simple tips to help you beat insomnia here.)

Whatever the reason, we’re not alone—more than 50 million Americans don’t get enough shut-eye. Yet the health benefits of a good night’s rest are countless: sleep helps keep you happy, your brain sharp, your immune system strong, your waistline trim, your skin looking youthful—and lowers your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
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January 9, 2012 - 12:05pm

Resolved: I will lose weight, save money and be healthier in 2012. Sound familiar? If you made even just one of these resolutions this year, I have a tip for how to get started…use your slow cooker. Sound wacky? Find out how this one handy piece of kitchen equipment can help you meet your new year’s resolutions (and if your resolution is to revive 1970s cooking methods, even better!).

If your resolution is to: Lose weight
How the slow cooker can help: Cooking at home is a great first step in trying to get your diet under control. Since slow–cooked food relies on long, moisture-rich cooking, you can use less oil than if you were cooking with dry heat in the oven or on the stove. Using your slow cooker to make dinner means that dinner is ready when you get in the door—no more hungrily...

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