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July 25, 2012 - 11:58am

A new study—published in the August 2012 issue of the Journal of Consumer Research—helps explain why the size of our plates affects how much we’re eating. Turns out, our behavior is directly influenced by what our eyes perceive, even when we know better. So, for example, you’ll serve yourself—and eat—less on a 6-inch plate than a 9-inch plate because it looks more satisfying.

The study, by Brian Wansink, Cornell researcher and EatingWell advisor and Koert van Ittersum, suggest the color of your plates, table and tablecloth matters too: using light plates on dark tablecloths helps you eat less; doing the opposite (having dark plates on dark tablecloths) makes us take—and eat—more.

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July 19, 2012 - 10:50am

This summer, don’t let the smoke from the backyard grill cloud your good judgment when considering health advice from friends and family. When it comes to health and natural remedies it’s enticing to grab onto juicy half-truths and hearsay. Don’t get me wrong—as with any good story, a nutrition myth can offer a valuable lesson. The most persistent nutrition myths are those that contain at least some truth. Here are 5 common summer health myths to watch out for—as reported in EatingWell Magazine:

Don’t Miss: The 13 Biggest Nutrition & Food Myths Busted

1. Always wear sunblock. Thanks to our obsession with sunscreen—as well as a short list of vitamin-D-rich foods...

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July 11, 2012 - 11:44am

Want to give your workout a boost? Five key ingredients can give your body an extra edge when exercising—or recovering from your workout, as Joyce Hendley wrote about in the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine. And as a bonus, she developed a homemade energy bar recipe that packs them all into a delicious, convenient bar to power your workout and help you refuel afterward. (Get the recipe for EatingWell Energy Bars and more Granola & Power Bars.)

Here are the 5 ingredients that can help power your next workout.

1. Peanuts
The most protein-rich nut of them all helps give our bar an egg’s worth of quality protein.

Pre-workout: A little protein staves off hunger without overtaxing...

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July 3, 2012 - 4:07pm

When the weather got steamy this week, you can bet I made friends with an old summer standby: soft-serve frozen yogurt. Among the creamy frozen dessert choices, from frozen yogurt to super-premium ice cream, frozen yogurt is the healthiest option—5 ounces of frozen yogurt “costs” 120 calories, while the same amount of soft-serve ice cream has 220 calories. But if I pile on the wrong toppings I could nearly double the calorie total of my “healthy treat.”

Make Your Own: Skinny Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Recipes
Easy 100-Calorie Freezer Pops

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July 3, 2012 - 2:58pm

Sweet corn is one of summer’s simplest, purest pleasures. A fresh-picked ear, grilled to caramelized perfection and lightly buttered, offers incredible, complex sweetness, an intoxicating texture and plenty of nutrition benefits to boot.

But many people have convinced themselves that sweet corn is bad. That’s a shame. It’s easy to take a few real nuggets of fact and use them to come to a distorted conclusion about this super-delicious summer veggie.

New Study Results: Is high-fructose corn syrup really worse for you than sugar?

In Barry Estabrook’s feature in the July/August issue of EatingWell, “Sweet Summer Corn,” he set the record straight about this misunderstood vegetable. Here are some of...

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