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August 14, 2014 - 2:30pm

Picking healthy foods at the grocery store can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands to choose from. At lunchtime, or even when looking for healthy snack ideas, it can be mind-boggling to figure out which spread is better for you—natural peanut butter or reduced-fat peanut butter (which is officially called a peanut-butter spread, since it has fewer peanuts.)

If you’re whipping up a peanut butter sandwich, is your best pick natural peanut butter or reduced-fat peanut butter spread? We put the two foods head to head to find out, which is healthier: this or that?

The Winner: Natural peanut butter. Yes, the full-fat peanut butter is actually healthier, so next time you’re wondering, just go all-natural. As Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell, here’s why:

Fat and Calories: Reduced-fat...

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August 14, 2014 - 2:20pm

Popcorn and pretzels—these are two salty snacks people often reach for if they’re looking for lower-calorie options or just seeking out healthy snack ideas. And with thousands of snacks to choose from, it’s hard to know what snack food is the best pick. We put these two popular snacks head-to-head to find out: this or that? Is it popcorn or pretzels you should reach for in the snacks aisle?

The Winner: Popcorn! Popcorn triumphed over pretzels for a number of reasons, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.



CornWhole Grain: First, popcorn is 100-percent whole grain. Most...

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August 14, 2014 - 2:00pm

Picking healthy snacks at the grocery store can feel pretty confusing. There are thousands of foods, many touted as beneficial or nutritional, to choose from. We put two popular high-protein snacks—cottage cheese and plain Greek yogurt—head-to-head in terms of nutrition to find out. Which is healthier: this or that?

Winner: Greek yogurt. But when it comes to high-protein snacks, it’s close to a draw!

Greek yogurt, with fewer calories and sodium, and more nutrition coming from calcium and probiotics, ultimately takes the win, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.

Protein-Rich Snacks: They’re both rich in lean protein, with cottage cheese having slightly more. Nonfat cottage cheese has 24 g of protein per cup, while Greek yogurt comes in just under at 20 grams. Both the yogurt...

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August 14, 2014 - 1:37pm

Trying to choose chips that are healthy can be a real challenge at the grocery store. Whether it’s corn tortilla chips or potato chips, there are dozens of chips to choose from.

We put two kinds of chips – potato and tortilla – head to head to find out, which is healthier: this or that?

Winner: It’s a draw.

Surprising as it was to many shoppers we surveyed, tortilla chips do not win here, as Joyce Hendley originally reported for EatingWell.

In fact, neither variety of chip should be thought of as a health food. But when you stack them up against each other there are some small nutritional differences.

Both potato chips and tortilla chips come in endless variations that make other nutrition comparisons practically impossible.

Here’s what we can tell you:

Potato Chips:...

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July 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

This vegetarian mainstay of the grilling season is certainly convenient. But are frozen veggie burgers as healthy as they seem? Most are low in calories and have at least 3 grams of fiber. Yet they’re not all so innocent. We recommend looking for veggie burgers with 400 mg of sodium or less and at least 5 grams of protein per patty.

You can also try making a healthier option with one of our healthy veggie burger recipes.

Brands We Like: We sampled a variety of burgers and flavors to find ones that topped out on taste and health. Three of our favorites were: Sol Spicy Black Bean (vegan, gluten-free), Amy’s Bistro Veggie Burger (gluten-free) and Morningstar Farms...

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