Health's Blog (Page 42)

November 23, 2011 - 10:34am

As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, I know that herbs and spices do more than simply add flavor to food. They let you cut down on some less-healthy ingredients, such as salt, added sugars and saturated fat, and some have inherent health benefits, many of which Joyce Hendley reported on for EatingWell Magazine.

Modern science is beginning to uncover the ultimate power of spices and herbs, as weapons against illnesses from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. “We’re now starting to see a scientific basis for why people have been using spices medicinally for thousands of years,” says Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D., professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and author of Healing Spices (Sterling, 2011).

Aggarwal notes that in his native India, where...

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November 22, 2011 - 10:31am

It’s all too easy to overdo it at Thanksgiving. Even for the most health- and diet-conscious, a little bit of this and a small bite of that can add up quickly. (Find out what the best and worst Thanksgiving foods are here.)

Perhaps more depressing is that loading up on calories forces our body into overdrive as it tries to undo the damage done by the harmful free radicals produced as we digest food. (Free radicals attack cells and can promote the development of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.) And, of course, the more we eat the more free radicals we produce.

If you happen to overindulge, though, don’t beat yourself up about it: the best way to handle a slip-up is to get...

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November 18, 2011 - 11:47am

Turkey Day is around the corner and many of us are gearing up for a big Thanksgiving feast. As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I’m often asked about the healthiest and worst holiday foods. (Green Bean Casserole or Sweet Potato Casserole? Gravy or Cranberry Sauce? Find out the Best & Worst Thanksgiving Foods.)

Although I’m not into “judging” foods, it can be hard to ignore the nutritional differences between foods. Take turkey, for example.

Don’t Miss: 6 Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren...

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November 17, 2011 - 11:08am

I’m lucky that I don’t (usually) have trouble falling—or staying—asleep. But there are definitely nights, sometimes even stretches of nights, where I don’t get enough sleep—and I’m not alone: an estimated 50-70 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control, don’t get enough sleep. (Get 3 simple tips to help you beat insomnia here.)

It’s then that I want to make every last minute of shut-eye count. And that means knowing what can actually help me sleep and what hinders sleep. Here are 6 sleep myths to ignore, as reported in EatingWell Magazine.

Myth: Falling asleep to the TV is OK.
The Truth:...

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November 7, 2011 - 11:56am

I’ll be honest—I love chocolate year-round. But with the mercury dipping, a cup of hot cocoa or bite of silky, rich dark chocolate seems that much more appealing.

Must-Try Recipes: Amazingly Good-for-You Chocolate Cakes, Truffles & More

Fortunately, as a registered dietitian and the associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine I have come across several health reasons to justify such an indulgence (in fact, chocolate is just one of 9 “Bad” Foods You Should Be Eating). Here’s a roundup of the latest health boons attributed to chocolate: 

1. It’s (almost) a diet food....

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