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Nicci Micco's Blog (Page 12)

March 29, 2010 - 11:59am

Since I know we’re gearing up for dieting season, I think it’s a good time to confess I’ve never been a fan of fad diets. They make ridiculous promises. Sure, you may drop 10 pounds in a week eating cabbage soup, and little else, but it’s water weight, not fat. (What about fasting to jumpstart weight loss and other “too-good-to-be-true” diet claims?) Once you go back to eating like a normal person you’ll gain it right back. That’s the biggest problem with most fad diets: they generally don’t give you eating patterns that you can stick to long-term. Essentially, they set you up to fail. (...

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March 26, 2010 - 12:04pm

This week I noticed many news media outlets were reporting that high-fructose corn syrup causes more weight gain than sugar does. The study everyone is referring to is out of Princeton and reported that rats given access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those exposed to table sugar, even when they consumed the same number of calories overall. My first reaction was, “Oh no! Had we gotten it all wrong?” In May 2009, EatingWell did a comprehensive report on high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), found in many processed foods, particularly in sweetened beverages. Then, after talking with top-notch nutrition researchers about everything from...

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February 22, 2010 - 11:25am

Recently, a friend who was eating with me appeared shocked as I spread full-fat natural peanut butter on my whole-wheat toast. Isn’t peanut butter super-fattening, she asked? It’s high in fat but that doesn’t mean it’s fattening, I told her, noting that gaining or losing weight, and body fat, basically comes down to balancing calories. Knowing my master’s work focused on weight loss, she took my word on this. (Find easy, quick and delicious 500-Calorie Dinners to help you lose.)

That said, peanut butter is a concentrated source of calories, so you don’t want to go overboard. But you don’t need to eat tons of the stuff to feel satisfied: just...

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February 19, 2010 - 11:11am

Limit sodium. Ban trans fats. I know, I know. Keeping my heart in healthy form means paying attention to what I eat. And, let’s face it: I’m a nutrition editor, so I obviously like eating healthfully. But what’s with all of the negative talk? Can’t we just focus on what we can eat? What I should eat? Let’s hear something positive for a change. And that’s why I absolutely love the American Heart Association’s recommendation to eat fish, particularly fatty kinds like salmon, twice a week to get healthy amounts of omega-3s. (Get more with easy recipes for Blackened Salmon Sandwich and 25+ more meals.)

Eating fatty fish may reduce the risk of heart disease by 30 percent,...

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February 12, 2010 - 12:06pm

When I read this week that former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted into a clogged coronary artery, I thought of my own family. I’ve been focused on eating a heart-healthy diet for more than 20 years and I’m only 34. Why? When I was in junior high my dad was diagnosed with high cholesterol and Mom announced we were going to start eating more heart-healthy meals. My mom, who’d lost her dad—my Grandpa Bill—to a massive stroke at 62 (after he’d suffered several heart attacks, strokes and open-heart surgeries) was serious about helping our family make important lifestyle changes that beget healthier hearts...

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