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March 2, 2012 - 2:09pm

Last time I visited the dentist, we were having one of those awkward, mouth-full-of-toothpaste conversations. She was asking me about my work (I’m the associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine and a registered dietitian, and I write a lot about food and health), when it occurred to me that I wanted to write about foods for healthier teeth (and by extension, a brighter smile).

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Here’s what I found out:

Crunchy and Chewy Foods
Crunchy and chewy foods—such as carrots, celery and nuts—cause saliva to flow; saliva neutralizes the acids formed by cavity-causing bacteria. (Sticky and sweet foods,...

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February 29, 2012 - 11:45am

Think that sprig of parsley on the side of your plate is just sitting there looking pretty or that mushrooms aren’t particularly nutritious? Find out why these and 4 other “worthless” foods are better for you than you think.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms don’t have the bursting-with-nutrients reputation of more brightly colored vegetables like sweet potatoes or Swiss chard, but mushrooms are good for you. Although low in calories (just 20 calories per cup, or about 5 mushrooms), they deliver a meaty flavor, which makes mushrooms a satisfying replacement for all or some of the meat at dinner. They’re also one of the few foods that deliver vitamin D—4 medium mushrooms provide 5 IUs of the vitamin; it’s not a lot (the daily recommendation is 400 IUs), but it is notable. Lastly, there’s...

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February 28, 2012 - 6:12pm

One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to have breakfast every day. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you adopt this healthy habit for just one week.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 7: Which Is Healthier: Pancakes or Eggs?

When you’re cooking at home, either pancakes or eggs can be a healthy choice. When you’re making pancakes from scratch they can have a lot of healthy qualities. First, you can make them with whole grains like whole-wheat flour, which will add heart-healthy, filling fiber. You can also add extra-healthy toppings, such as fruit to boost vitamins and fiber- and protein-packed nuts to transform them into a nutritious breakfast. However, pancakes are not particularly high in protein—another food component that helps you feel fuller longer. Add to that maple syrup—or worse, a maple syrup...

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February 28, 2012 - 6:06pm

One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to have breakfast every day. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you adopt this healthy habit for just one week.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 6: Should You Eat Breakfast If You’re Not Hungry?

Eating a morning meal is a healthy habit. Research shows that regular breakfast eaters tend to be leaner and dieters are more successful at losing weight—and keeping it off—when they eat breakfast. What’s more, people who typically eat breakfast also get more fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, zinc and iron—and less fat and dietary cholesterol. Perhaps it’s because they often eat cereal, which is fortified with vitamins and minerals, and fruit, which is naturally nutrient-rich.

Not hungry when you first get up? Don’t worry. Eating breakfast doesn’t have...

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February 28, 2012 - 5:46pm

One of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to have breakfast every day. Each day this week, we will post a new, easy tip to help you adopt this healthy habit for just one week.

Here’s today’s tip:

Tip 5: Fight Fat with Breakfast
Pictured Recipe: Scandinavian Muesli

Yes, you read that correctly! A recent study in The Journal of Nutrition found that eating a breakfast made with “slow-release” carbohydrates, such as oatmeal or bran cereal, three hours before you exercise may help you burn more fat. Here’s why: in the study, eating “slow-release” carbohydrates didn’t spike blood sugar as high as eating refined carbohydrates, such as white toast. In turn, insulin levels didn’t spike as high and because insulin plays a role in...

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