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Health's Blog (Page 11)

November 20, 2013 - 10:20am

Next time you open your pantry, take a closer look at the packaging of your food.

You probably see a cacophony of health claims and healthy–sounding words: High in protein! With omega–3 fatty acids! Contains probiotics! High in calcium! Whole wheat! High fiber! Gluten–free! All–natural! Organic!

This labeling free–for–all is a growing trend by food manufacturers—which Rachael Moeller Gorman reported on recently for EatingWell Magazine. Companies claim they do it to give consumers what we want. And we do want healthy options: a recent NPD Group market analysis found that people are increasingly interested in adding “good things” to food (more is...

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November 19, 2013 - 2:30pm

Keeping a box or two of crackers on hand is helpful for whipping up a quick appetizer when guests (not always expected) drop by. They’re also a staple for an easy snack. Unfortunately, many crackers contain excessive sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats. Here’s what to seek out on labels and some brands that meet our criteria.

Numbers to Look For:
Saturated Fat ≤ 0.5 g
Sodium ≤ 200 mg
Dietary Fiber ≥ 2 g
Sugars ≤ 2 g
Serving Size: About 30 grams (serving sizes may vary).

Ingredients to look for: Healthy oils (olive, canola), whole grains (whole wheat, brown rice, whole rye)

Watch out...

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November 18, 2013 - 4:04pm

During the busy holidays, knowing a dead-easy side dish that’s also festive is like having a secret weapon. And we’ve got three of them just for you. We’ve taken familiar veggies of the season—carrots, green beans and Brussels sprouts—and spruced them up with a few effortless tricks to make these sides truly special: Carrots get glamorous with a glaze of pomegranate molasses and a sprinkle of pistachios. Brussels sprouts are dressed up with savory pancetta and sage. Bundles of green beans look as pretty as a present when wrapped with a “ribbon” of scallion and drizzled with garlicky browned butter. In fact, these easy sides are so good they might just become the feature event on your holiday table.

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November 18, 2013 - 3:33pm

This holiday, skip sugary treats or high-calorie indulgences and give the food lovers on your list one of these stand-out gifts:

For the Cook For the Cook:
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November 18, 2013 - 12:01am

No-brainer—walk it out! And that’s not just because strutting your stuff will burn some of the calories you ate. Scientists actually put both options to the test.

As its name suggests, drinking a digestif, such as brandy, is meant to help you digest your meal (for the record, an aperitif is drunk before a meal, to whet the appetite). But when researchers compared the digestive effect of digestifs (say that five times fast) to walking, walking won hands down. Pounding pavement—or hoofing it on the treadmill, which is how a small group of men were tested—sped up the rate at which food passed through the participants’ stomachs. Drinking a digestif didn’t change the rate of digestion. And, unfortunately, neither sipping nor strolling alleviated that I-need-to-unbutton-my-pants feeling after a large meal.

There are other boons to moving after a...

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