It’s grilling season and chances are you’ll be making that ever-important cookout decision: hot dog or hamburger? Some people, no doubt, are cheering “Both!” But if you’re trying to make a healthier choice, then the registered dietitian in me knows that “both” is not the answer. So which one is the healthier pick? See how a hamburger compares nutritionally to a hot dog before you tell the grill master your order.
Recipes to Try: Healthy Hot Dog & Hamburger Recipes
What You Get in a Typical Burger
There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to burgers: How big is it? What kind of beef is it? What are you putting...
Today, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its latest report, called the Dirty Dozen, of the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides (see below). It also put out the Clean 15, a list of the least contaminated produce. The EWG updates this report based on the most recent USDA and FDA data on how much pesticide residue is found on conventionally grown crops.
If these lists leave you wondering just how bad pesticides actually are for your health and whether organic produce truly is worth the extra money it often costs, read on.
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I hear of a new health benefit of a different food virtually every day as associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine: Broccoli could fight cancer! Coffee may help you live longer! But what I hear about less often is how various foods interact—and, therefore, act—when you eat them together. Some foods, like iron-rich beans and calcium-packed cheese, fight for absorption in your body of their respective key nutrients when you eat them at the same time. But other foods have a synergistic effect—helping their star nutrients work even better in your body. Here are 5 such power pairs, many of which Jessica Girdwain reported about in the May/June issue of EatingWell Magazine:
Broccoli & Mustard
Raw broccoli is a good source of the powerful cancer-fighting compound sulforaphane. But cooking...
When New York City announced a plan to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces this week, it sparked debate about the health implications and even the legality of this type of public health policy. The move by the city will prevent the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary beverages, including some fruit drinks—those that are less than 70% juice—and sweetened coffee or tea at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts. (Milk-based drinks, diet sodas, juices and drinks that deliver fewer than 25 calories per 8 ounces are unaffected by the ban.)
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If you find you’re struggling to lose weight, it could be that some bad habits are weighing you down. Try these fixes to keep those bad habits in check and you could save 1,335 calories.
Bad habit #1: You think you need a full portion of a decadent treat to feel satisfied
The fix: Share with a friend
Calories saved: 300 calories
You don’t necessarily need a full restaurant serving of something rich and decadent—like French fries or chocolate cake, for instance—to feel satisfied. If you are tempted by such calorie-rich foods, keep your portion in check by sharing a small serving with your dining companion. Just think, a portion of restaurant-style French fries can be around 600 calories—sharing lets you save 300 calories and still get your French-fry fix!
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