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October 28, 2011 - 11:48am

Chances are you know someone with diabetes. You might even have it yourself. It’s one of the most common and fastest growing lifestyle diseases today—by one report, 1 in 2 Americans could have diabetes by 2020. It’s a costly disease that can affect other parts of your health—it’s often seen together with heart and kidney disease and if left untreated can even lead to blindness and amputations. It is the sixth leading cause of death.

Despite these grim statistics, there is good news. Lifestyle—diet and exercise—are two important factors that can prevent and help manage type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes should work with a registered dietitian (R.D.) to learn about proper eating for diabetes (EatingWell’s...

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October 25, 2011 - 11:13am

There are certain foods I can’t get enough of and, incidentally, most of them fall within the Italian diet. Luckily for my health, Italian cuisine follows the Mediterranean pattern of eating—it focuses on simple, natural ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, dark leafy greens and whole grains, making it one of the world’s healthiest diets. Research suggests that the benefits of a Mediterranean-style eating pattern may include improved weight loss, better control of blood-glucose (sugar) levels and reduced risk of depression. Check out these 8 essential ingredients of Italian cuisine, compiled by EatingWell’s editors, that you should add to your diet.

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October 19, 2011 - 11:34am

Since I'm always interested in learning how food can help to prevent and manage different health conditions, a recent study about the link between coffee and depression caught my attention. The study, which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine and got a lot of buzz, suggested that women who drink coffee have lower rates of depression. Sure, it was an association, which doesn’t prove that coffee was responsible for the lower rates of depression, but it was a very large study (more than 50,000 women) that traced coffee intake and depression diagnoses over the course of 14 years. As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor at EatingWell Magazine, that’s strong enough evidence for me to say that if you already drink coffee, you can count this among the other potential health boons to support your coffee habit (...

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October 18, 2011 - 11:06am

Add to your list of fall’s simple pleasures—along with turning leaves, apple cider and professional football (Go Giants!)—the return of pumpkin-flavored foods. I love pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer and even pumpkin candy when I can find it. What a great flavor! Pumpkin balances the sweet, light taste of squash with a decadent rich texture that feels almost velvety on the tongue.

Recipes to Try:
Pumpkin Dessert Recipes for Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cookies & More
Roasted-Pumpkin Apple Soup & More Pumpkin Recipes

Of all my beloved pumpkin baked goods, pumpkin bread has got to be top of...

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October 12, 2011 - 11:31am

My sons are grown now, but I remember well the challenges of stocking my pantry with foods they liked that were good for them too. Because I’m a nutrition professor, my neighbors, friends and family often ask me whether or not a particular food is a nutritious choice for their kids.

Don’t Miss: 4 Foods that Boost Kids’ Brain Power

Here are a few foods that at first glance seem healthy, but deserve a closer look.

1. Granola Bars
Many granola bars are, unfortunately, candy bars in disguise. How do you pick one for your child that isn’t essentially candy? I look for three things.

  • Whole grains—find a bar where the first ingredient is a whole grain, such as whole-grain oats,...
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