Good morning Healthy Hearts Club! Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip:
Go bananas: One banana has 422 mg—about 12 percent of your recommended daily dose—of potassium. Research suggests that diets rich in potassium can help lower blood pressure. Other good sources include sweet potatoes (694 mg for one medium), nonfat yogurt (579 mg for 1 cup) and spinach (419 mg for ½ cup, cooked).
Every day for American Heart Month, we’re posting a quick tip to help you eat for a healthier...read full post »
Hey Healthy Hearts Club members! Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Every day this month, we’ll be posting a heart-healthy tip to help you eat for a healthier heart. Here’s today’s tip:
Spice it up: To prevent hypertension and boost flavor, cut back on sodium by using more herbs, spices and salt-free seasoning blends when cooking. Not sure where to start? Add lemon juice or vinegar to homemade tomato sauce; the acidity will impart a sensation similar to salt. Or, experiment with herbes de Provence or fines herbes—two sodium-free French spice blends—when cooking meat, poultry or your tomato sauce.
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Despite the fact that I’m a dietitian and nutrition editor, I have a growing list of healthier eating goals: consume fewer sweets, diversify my whole-grain choices, drink more water, eat more (sustainable) fish... The list keeps going, but I don’t want to bore you, particularly because what matters most is what’s at the top: eat less salt. Here’s why: cutting back on salt can have a major (positive) impact on your blood pressure (even for someone like me with blood pressure that falls on the lower end of normal) and your overall health.
When the American Heart Association recently announced its new...read full post »
What's your favorite healthy meal? Don't tell us, show us! Enter our photo contest by uploading a picture of one (or more!) of your latest healthy creations to the LosingWell group gallery (which you can access on the main page of the LosingWell group in the right-hand column). Choose...read full post »
In a report likely to send shock waves through the dietary supplement industry, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released new Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D and calcium. The report summary (PDF) says Americans are getting all the vitamin D and calcium we need, and we do not need more:
The committee emphasizes that, with a few exceptions, all North Americans are receiving enough calcium and vitamin D. Higher levels have not been shown to confer greater benefits, and in fact, they have been linked to other health problems,...read full post »