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May 23, 2014 - 9:36am

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets 2014, released earlier this year, ranked 32 diet plans. But the No. 1 diet may surprise you. The “Best Diets Overall” winner: the DASH diet.

The DASH diet—or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—was developed to combat high blood pressure (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). So it certainly doesn’t fall into the realm of trendy diets like Paleo or the Alkaline Diet. To earn a spot on the “Best Diets” list, the diet plan has to help with weight loss and diabetes (research shows the DASH diet does)—as well as be easy to follow and nutritious (check and check). Their panel of experts, which included EatingWell advisors David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D., gave it top billing in part because it scored well in the heart health and nutrition completeness...

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May 7, 2014 - 9:46am

Here’s a new reason to eat more oily fish, fruits and vegetables to keep your heart healthy—having a healthier heart may help you look younger. When researchers showed people photos of women about 60 years of age, they thought the women with the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease looked two years younger compared to those with a higher risk.

The key to achieving a youthful appearance may be tied to your systolic blood pressure (that’s the top number). Researchers think that when your blood pressure is too high, it may impede your skin’s microvascular system, responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen. When those beneficial elements aren’t delivered optimally, it may strain your skin and possibly diminish that youthful glow. High blood pressure may also be linked to women who looked older because it’s related to other lifestyle factors like...

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March 26, 2014 - 10:54am

Eating clean means eating more whole foods and less processed foods. It may sound like a fad, but it’s not based on unrealistic eating patterns or cutting out entire food groups. Need more guidance? See our 10 clean eating tips here to get started.

Cleaning up your diet is a lot easier when your pantry, fridge and freezer are filled with healthy, clean foods. Whole foods like fruits and vegetables are easy-to-spot clean foods, but you can also tell a clean product by its short ingredient list, filled with names you recognize (and can even pronounce!). A hallmark of eating clean is to choose foods with healthy ingredients like whole grains and healthy fats and those low in added sugar and salt. Here are some other tips to help you stock your...

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March 17, 2014 - 12:13pm

Greek Vs. Regular: By the Numbers

Greek yogurt has surged in popularity in recent years, and with good reason. Straining out the extra whey in yogurt makes Greek yogurt thick, creamy and tangy. The plain variety has less sugar and more protein than typical yogurt. But regular yogurt delivers twice the bone-strengthening mineral calcium. Greek yogurt also tends to be more expensive than regular yogurt, because more milk goes into making each cup.

Pictured Recipe: Apple Oatmeal

SERVING: 1 cup (nonfat) GREEK REGULAR
Calories 133 137
Total fat (g) 0 0
Sodium (mg) 81 189
Total carb (g)...

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March 12, 2014 - 9:26am

It’s hard to beat the ease of opening a jar (unless, of course, it’s screwed on super-tight) to help bring pasta night together in a flash. To find a sauce that’s good for you, here’s what you need to know.

1. Calorie counts
Who knew something that’s predominantly tomatoes could vary so greatly? Sauces on the shelf have anywhere from 40 to 110 calories per ½-cup serving, depending on how much oil is added and how thick the sauce is.

2. The variations
Different flavors by the same brand can have very different ingredients and nutrition stats, so check the labels even when choosing between almost identical-looking sauces.

3. Money matters
You get what you pay for. The premium brands ($7-9) we tested had cleaner ingredient lists and tasted better than the $3...

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