There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today

Source: There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today | Psychology Today

How can you start incorporating mindful eating into your life? Use your five senses in five new ways! Learn how from these experiments:

1. The Crunch Effect.

Research indicates that eating loudly actually helps you eat less. In a recent study, participants were told to eat cookies quietly, loudly, or normally. Those who ate loudly ate the least. It may be that the participants were less worried about social rules and simply enjoyed what they were eating. Put a little cookie monster into your next meal and enjoy the munch. Continue reading

FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods

Source: FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods – WebMD

Agency sets short- and long-term goals in effort to cut Americans’ risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants the food industry to cut back on the salt.

In draft voluntary guidelines issued Wednesday, the agency set both two-year and 10-year goals for lower sodium content in hundreds of processed and prepared foods. The aim is to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke among Americans, according to the FDA.
“Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that’s hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in an FDA statement.”Today’s announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health,” she added. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Minute: Less Salt Doesn’t Mean Less Flavor

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft of voluntary guidelines encouraging food manufacturers, restaurants and food service operations to reduce sodium in prepared foods. The average American adult’s salt intake is approximately 3,400 milligrams per day, which is more than the 2,300 milligrams per day recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans .

The goal of the new guidelines is to make a difference in salt intake when dining out; however, as an executive chef from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program demonstrates, there are ways to reduce salt in your kitchen. Jeff Olsen has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute.

Mayo Clinic Minute: The Truth About Gluten

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Celiac Disease Foundation wants to make the process of going gluten-free easier for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease. Mayo Clinic experts agree that people with celiac disease should not consume gluten. But, many people who don’t have celiac disease also go gluten-free, because it makes them feel better. Dr. Joseph Murray says for that group, gluten may not be the issue.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses gluten with Dr. Murray.

Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Necessarily Healthier, Doctors Warn

Source: Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Necessarily Healthier, Doctors Warn

Some kids are following a gluten-free diet even though they do not have a medical condition that requires avoiding gluten, and this is worrying some doctors.

Gluten-free foods are not necessarily healthier. In fact, they can be higher in calories, and may not be enriched with vitamins and minerals that are important for children, said study co-author Dr. Eyad Almallouhi, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Continue reading

Spring Into Better Health: The Pantry Edition

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

With spring often comes spring cleaning. You may have a chance to clean your house inside and out. However, what about your pantry? How often do you clean your pantry? If you’re trying to lose weight or adopt a healthy lifestyle, consider these questions.

“There are many reasons to consider cleaning out your pantry,” says Amanda Leisenheimer, who is a registered dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System. “You might have set a New Year’s resolution to start eating healthier, but still have old temptations waiting for you on the shelf. Removing those temptations from your grasp will help you stay on track with your goals.” Continue reading

Mediterranean diet linked to a healthier heart

Source: Mediterranean diet linked to a healthier heart – Medical News Today

Choosing to eat a Mediterranean diet is better for people with heart disease than avoiding the unhealthy contents of a so-called Western diet, says research published in the European Heart Journal.

A Mediterranean diet includes a high proportion of fruit, vegetables, fish, and unrefined foods. A Western diet contains refined grains, sweets, desserts, sugared drinks, and deep-fried food.

The new research shows that the Mediterranean diet can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who already have heart disease.

At the same time, it suggests that if people avoid the unhealthy aspects of a Western diet, they also avoid worsening their risk of cardiac problems.

Guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend frequent consumption of fruit, vegetables, fish, and other whole foods, say the authors of the current report. Continue reading

Test your knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease!

Source: Mayo Clinic

Do you know how many people in the world have Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms? Raising awareness and understanding is an important part of our fight to find better ways to treat — and eventually cure — this debilitating disease. So take our quiz today and see how much you know!

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Tips to save time, eat healthy and exercise regularly

Source: Tips to save time, eat healthy and exercise regularly – Mayo Clinic

We live in a busy world and few people have too much time on their hands. This makes living a healthy lifestyle and managing weight challenging, because it takes time and effort. So, how can we more effectively manage weight in this busy world we live in?


It helps to have the right perspective. For almost all of us, I’d suggest it isn’t time that prevents us from making efforts, it’s priorities. Achieving a healthy weight can help improve health in many ways, improve quality of life, and help us live longer. What could be more important than that?

Although it takes time to implement healthy lifestyle habits, the return on investment is tremendous — which makes the time investment worth it. Continue reading

9 Proven Strategies for Healthy Weight Without Dieting

Source: 9 Proven Strategies for Healthy Weight Without Dieting | Psychology Today

There is only one problem with diets: They don’t work. If you stick to a diet, over time you may lose some weight, but it is highly unlikely to stay off long-term. In fact, you may regain it all and then some.

Most diets are based on willpower. When other people look like they need to lose weight, we often think they are lacking in willpower or just plain lazy. That is not the case. The truth is, hardly anybody has enough willpower to resist tempting foods if they are routinely confronted with them. That’s not just my opinion: It’s the conclusion of a brilliant, highly readable, and scientifically-based book by Traci Mann, Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again.

Below I share 9 of Mann’s best strategies for actually reaching what she calls “your leanest livable weight” without dieting or summoning mythical willpower. (There are others in the book.)

First, genetics determine much of our weight, so there’s a limit to how much we are likely to lose or gain. Second, circumstance and situation often influences weight. We need to manage our environment and our ways of thinking, not our cravings. Continue reading

Cancer risk falls with higher levels of vitamin D

Source: Cancer risk falls with higher levels of vitamin D – Medical News Today

Researchers suggest improving people’s blood level of vitamin D could be an important tool for preventing cancer, after their study found that the risk of developing the disease rises as vitamin D levels fall.
Vitamin D written in sand
The study links low levels of vitamin D – produced by the body through exposure to sunshine – to higher risk of developing cancer.

In the journal PLOS One, researchers from the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine report how they analyzed the link between vitamin D and cancer to determine what blood level of vitamin D was required to effectively reduce cancer risk.

The study included all invasive cancers, excluding skin cancer. Continue reading

Eat fresh fruits daily to reduce your risk of cardiovascular death

Source: Eating fresh fruits daily may reduce your risk of cardiovascular death – Medical News Today

New research provides further evidence of the health benefits of fruit consumption, after finding that eating fresh fruits daily may lower the risks of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death.
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Eating fresh fruit every day can benefit heart health.

Dr. Huaidong Du, of the University of Oxford in the UK, and colleagues recently published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Under the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended that adults who get less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily consume 1.5-2 cups of fruits each day, based on evidence that including fruits as part of a healthy diet reduces the risk of some chronic diseases. Continue reading

Decoding Food Expiration Dates

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there is no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating across America. There are some common freshness codes stamped on items in stores, but the information can be confusing. 

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dietitian Angie Murad decodes the dates and explains that most don’t have anything to do with expiration. Jeff Olsen reports. 

Do I really need to avoid all dairy if I am lactose-intolerant?

Source: Lactose intolerance Lifestyle and home remedies – Mayo Clinic

Most people with lactose intolerance can enjoy some milk products without symptoms. It may be possible to increase your tolerance to dairy products by gradually introducing them into your diet.


Some people find that they can tolerate full-fat dairy products, such as whole milk and cheese, more easily than dairy products with no or reduced fat. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Minute: Mediterranean Diet Improves Bone Health

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

Women who eat a Mediterranean diet are slightly less likely to fracture a hip, according to a new study.

Researchers examined whether diet quality affects bone health in postmenopausal women. Study results, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, show women who adhered to a Mediterranean diet were 0.29 percent less likely to fracture a hip than women who didn’t stick to the diet.

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits and vegetables, and lower in red meats and dairy; however, it’s more than just a list of ingredients. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen talks to Dr. Donald Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, about the staples and subtleties that make up the Mediterranean diet.

Fruit juices and smoothies have ‘unacceptably high’ sugar content

Source: Fruit juices and smoothies have ‘unacceptably high’ sugar content – Medical News Today

The next time you offer your children a healthy smoothie instead of a soda, you may want to remember that it could contain as much as 13 g/100 ml, equivalent to around 2.5 tsps in a 3.5-oz serving, or approximately two thirds to a half of a child’s recommended daily sugar intake.
Smoothies can have a surprisingly high sugar content.

New research, published in the online journal BMJ Open, describes the sugar content of fruit drinks, natural juices and smoothies, in particular, as “unacceptably high.”

According to Yale Health, the average American consumes around 22 tsps of added sugar every day; for teens, the figure is closer to 34. One 12-oz can of soda contains 10 tsps of sugar.

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend no more than 3-4 tsps of sugar a day for children, and 5 tsps for teens. Continue reading

WHEN you eat could be as important as WHAT you eat

Source: When you eat could be as important as what you eat – Medical News Today

Mitochondria – the tiny power centers inside cells that burn nutrients like sugar to make energy – are tightly controlled by the body’s biological or circadian clock. Consequently, there is an optimum time when sugar-burning is most efficient.
A man eating breakfast
In tests on mice, the researchers found the body clock controls the optimum times for sugar- and fat-burning in the body, suggesting when we eat may be as important as what we eat.

This was the main conclusion of a study by researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany.

The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers say their findings may explain why people who sleep and eat out of phase with their body clocks are more likely to become overweight and obese and develop chronic diseases, such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Continue reading

Eat well to control cholesterol

Source: Eat well to control cholesterol – Mayo Clinic

fruits-and-vegetables-formed-into-a-heart-16-x-9High blood cholesterol can lead to cholesterol buildup and blockage in your arteries, which can cause complications such as stroke and heart disease. What you eat may significantly affect the amount of cholesterol in your blood. Here are some tips for adopting a heart-healthy diet that’s designed to keep your cholesterol at optimal levels.

Avoid saturated and trans fats

Saturated fats often make up the largest source of cholesterol in a person’s diet. Saturated fats increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol that clogs the arteries. Common sources of saturated fats are fatty meats; full-fat dairy products such as milk, ice cream and cheese; and certain tropical oils such as palm and coconut.

Trans fats can have an even worse effect on your cholesterol levels. These fats form when hydrogen is added to vegetable oils in a process called hydrogenation that makes the oils less likely to spoil. Continue reading

Flavorful Ways to Reduce Salt in Your Diet

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

Americans consume too much salt, and that increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency says, most of the salt in the American diet comes from processed foods and restaurant dishes, but even home-cooked meals can be too salty.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen speaks with a wellness executive chef from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program about ways to add flavor without reaching for the salt shaker.


How safe is the Paleo diet?

Source: How safe is the Paleo diet? – Medical News Today

Scientists have warned against following celebrities into “fad” diets that are not supported by scientific evidence, as findings published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes reveal that just 8 weeks on the “Paleo” diet can pile on the pounds and raise the risk of health problems.
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Mice on a Paleo diet gained 15% of their body weight in less than 2 months.
Image credit: University of Melbourne

Supporters of the low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) “Paleo,” “stone-age” or “caveman” diet recommend consuming only foods that were available to our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Continue reading

How much water should you be drinking?

Source: Water: Recommended Daily Intake, Hydration During Exercise – Medical News Today

The “adequate intakes” officially recommended for total water from all sources each day (for adults between 19-30 years of age) are:

  • 3.7 liters (or about 130 fl oz) for men
  • 2.7 liters (about 95 fl oz) for women.

These dietary reference intakes, however, are based only on survey results of the average amounts that are consumed by people, on the assumption that these amounts must be about right for optimal hydration.

But the amounts measured for people in the temperate climate of the US, with plenty of access to water, may be too high, and intakes do vary greatly according to activity, environmental conditions (including clothing) and social activities such as drinking with friends. Continue reading

Solid foods take over shaping of gut microbiota by 9 months

Source: Solid foods take over shaping of gut microbiota by 9 months – Medical News Today

By the time an infant is 9 months old, solid foods have the greatest impact on the gut microbiota, having taken over from the mother as the main influence, says research published in mSphere.
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By the age of 9 months, an infant’s gut microbiota is influenced more by solid food than by the mother.

The gut microbiota, or gut microbiome, refers to the community of 100 trillion plus microbial cells that live in the digestive tract.

Interest in the gut microbiome has grown in recent years, as researchers have discovered that it influences human physiology, metabolism, nutrition and immune function.

Disruption to the gut microbiota has been associated with gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and obesity. Continue reading

Gene study confirms ‘we are what we eat’

Source: Gene study confirms ‘we are what we eat’ – Medical News Today

A new study shows that the relationship between our genetic make-up and our metabolism – the chemistry of life that goes on inside our cells – is a two-way street. Not only do our genes regulate how the food we eat is broken down, but how our food is broken down regulates our genes.
Little girl eating an apple
The researchers suggest nearly all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat.

Providing new evidence to support the old adage “we are what we eat,” the study is published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

The authors – an international team led by Dr. Markus Ralser of the University of Cambridge and the Francis Crick Institute in London, both in the UK – conclude that nearly all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat. Continue reading

How Often Should I Eat Tuna?

Source: How Often Should I Eat Tuna? – Medical News Today

Canned tuna is often the most common source of mercury in the diet.

The term tuna encompasses several species of fish, including skipjack, albacore, yellowfin and bigeye tuna. Skipjack is the most commonly consumed species, making up over 70% of the American canned tuna market.

Tuna on a fork.
Canned tuna is a dietary source of mercury that can cause health problems if consumed in high enough quantities.

Mercury is a chemical emitted by industrial facilities, such as power plants, cement plants and certain chemical manufacturers. Mercury is often used in thermometers, thermostats and automotive light switches, and can be emitted from these products at the end of their useful life. Continue reading

The Truth About Coconut Oil

Source: Coconut Oil Uses and Your Health

Coconut oil: You can’t browse social media — or the grocery store shelves — these days without running across it. The sweet-smelling tropical staple is rumored to slow aging, help your heart and thyroid, protect against illnesses like Alzheimer’s, arthritis and diabetes, and even help you lose weight.
People are using it in everything from smoothies to bulletproof coffee, a mug of java spiked with coconut oil and butter. Should you sign up for an oil change?

Good News, Bad News

Coconut oil is made by pressing the fat from the white “meat” inside the giant nut. About 84% of its calories come from saturated fat. To compare, 14% of olive oil’s calories are from saturated fat and 63% of butter’s are.

“This explains why, like butter and lard, coconut oil is solid at room temperature with a long shelf life and the ability to withstand high cooking temperatures,” says registered dietitian Lisa Young, PhD. And it’s the reason coconut oil has a bad rap from many health officials. Continue reading

Dietary Fiber: Insoluble or Soluble?

Source: Dietary Fiber: Insoluble and Soluble Fiber

Fiber does way more than just keep you regular. The rough stuff can also help lower cholesterol, keep your blood sugar stable, make it easier to lose weight, and even help keep you alive longer.
To get all those benefits, there are two types of fiber that your body needs: soluble and insoluble. Both come from plants and are forms of carbohydrates. But unlike other carbs, fiber can’t be broken down and absorbed by your digestive system. Instead, as it moves through your body it slows digestion and makes your stools softer and easier to pass.

Most foods contain both insoluble and soluble fiber but are usually richer in one type than the other. The easiest way to tell them apart: Soluble fiber absorbs water, turning into a gel-like mush (think of what happens when you add water to oatmeal) while insoluble fiber doesn’t (think of what happens when you add water to celery).

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How to maintain a healthy diet on a tight food budget

Source: Leslie Beck: How to maintain a healthy diet on a tight food budget – The Globe and Mail

If you’re dedicated to eating healthily, rising food costs can make meal planning and grocery shopping a challenge. Research suggests that when our food budget is stretched, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and fish appear less often in our shopping cart – and with that go many essential nutrients, including vitamins A, C and K, folate, B12, potassium, iron and omega-3 fatty acids.

For those on a fixed income, such as seniors, it can be tricky to find affordable, nutritious food. Many key nutrients needed to maintain health as we get older, in particular brain health, are found in increasingly pricey foods, the very foods that can get squeezed out of a tight food budget.

A weak dollar, climate change and consumer trends are expected to continue to push up the price of our grocery bill this year. The University of Guelph’s Food Institute anticipates our food bill will rise as much as 4 per cent in 2016, costing the average Canadian household an additional $345. Continue reading

High fiber intake when young may lower women’s breast cancer risk

Source: High fiber intake when young may lower women’s breast cancer risk – Medical News Today

High intake of fiber-rich foods in adolescence and early adulthood could reduce women’s risk for breast cancer. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
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Eating more fiber-rich foods when young may lower women’s risk of breast cancer, new research suggests.

According to lead author Maryam Farvid, visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, most previous studies assessing the link between fiber intake and breast cancer risk have been “non-significant.”

She notes that none of these studies have looked at diet during adolescence and young adulthood – a period that appears to be closely associated with breast cancer risk factors. Continue reading

A Healthy Diet May Improve Your Sleep

Source: A Healthy Diet May Improve Your Sleep

A diet low in fiber and high in saturated fat and sugar has been linked with worse sleep quality in a new study. Could changing what you eat help you get a better night’s rest?

Experts already know that not getting enough shut-eye can affect your food choices and how you eat. Getting enough Zzz’s can help you lose weight, though. When you’re sleep deprived, the opposite happens and you may find yourself putting on the pounds. Continue reading

5 Smarter Super Bowl Snacks

Source: 5 Smarter Super Bowl Snacks « Food and Fitness

Will you be tuning in to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50? If so, you might want to avoid the pitfalls of typical football party fare. Chips and dip, pizza, wings and beer can pack in more than 2,500 calories—more than you need in an entire day! Try these 5 winning substitutions that are full of favor, not calories.

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Coffee lovers rejoice: regular caffeine does not cause extra heartbeats

Source: Coffee lovers rejoice: regular caffeine does not cause extra heartbeats – Medical News Today

Previous studies have linked regular caffeine intake to extra heartbeats – a common occurrence that can nevertheless lead to heart problems, stroke and death in rare cases. Now, in the first study to date that looks at long-term caffeine consumption, researchers conclude that regular caffeine consumption is not linked to extra heartbeats.
Woman holding coffee
A new study demonstrates that, contrary to popular belief, moderate caffeine consumption does not increase heartbeats.

According to the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) researchers, whose work is published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, theirs is the largest study to assess the relation between dietary patterns and extra heartbeats. Continue reading

Even fried food has nutritional value, when cooked in olive oil

Source: Even fried food has nutritional value, when cooked in olive oil – Medical News Today

Frying in extra virgin olive oil is healthier than other cooking methods and can help to prevent cancer, diabetes or macular degeneration, according to research published in Food Chemistry.
[Mediterranean fried food]
In the Mediterranean diet, even fried food can be beneficial, as long as olive oil is used.

Numerous studies have extolled the virtues of the Mediterranean diet. There is evidence that it leads to a lower risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular problems, improves gut health, slows the process of brain aging and reduces the risk of various chronic, degenerative conditions. Continue reading

Eating the right fats could save 1 million lives per year

Source: Eating the right fats could save 1 million lives per year – Medical News Today

According to research carried out by the American Heart Association, replacing refined carbohydrates and saturated fats with vegetable oils could save 1 million lives per year.
[Heart-shaped earth]
New research plots the state of the world diet and its ramifications for global heart health.

The association between eating a diet high in saturated fats and heart disease is well documented.

The relationships between different types of fats and their consequences on health are a little more complex. Continue reading

What Are Probiotics and How Do They Work?

Source: What Are Probiotics? Benefits, Supplements, Foods, & More

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

Probiotics are naturally found in your body. You can also find them in some foods and supplements. Continue reading

New Dietary Guidelines: Less Sugar, Salt; Coffee OK

Source: New Dietary Guidelines: Less Sugar, Salt; Coffee OK

DietaryGuidelinesWatch your sugar, use caution with the salt shaker and limit those saturated fats.

That’s the guidance from the updated U.S. nutritional guidelines, released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. The guidelines are published every 5 years and aim to reflect the latest science-based evidence about what we eat.

You can find the entire official document explaining the guidelines for 2015-2020 here.

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DASH Diet Ranks Best for Sixth Time

Source: DASH Diet Ranks Best for Sixth Time

The DASH diet took the top spot overall for the sixth straight year in the U.S. News & World Report annual diet rankings, released Tuesday.
This year, the publication rated 38 diet plans in all — three more than in 2015 — with rankings based on reviews from a panel of experts. Two of the new additions ranked highly: the MIND diet, which focuses on boosting brain health, and the Fertility diet, which aims to help women conceive faster but has been shown to benefit others as well.

The rankings also added a new category, Best Diets for Fast Weight Loss. “We recognize dieters may have short-term weight goals and need options to accomplish that in a healthy way,” says Angela Haupt, a senior health editor at U.S. News.

DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to help people prevent high blood pressure. The plan focuses on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while lowering salt. Besides being named Best Diet Overall, DASH also got first place in the category of Best Diets for Healthy Eating. Continue reading

Do You Have to Cut 3,500 Calories to Lose a Pound?

Source: Mysteries of Weight Loss

So you’re finally ready to lose weight. Now the question is: How?

The standard advice — to eat less and move more — isn’t so helpful when it comes to the “how.” You probably know you need to cut calories, but how many? Are you better off getting those calories from low-fat or low-carb foods? And what’s going on with your metabolism, your personal energy-burning furnace? Is it programmed to keep you overweight? Is there any way to fan the flames so you can dream of one day eating a piece of pie without gaining a pound?

Weight Loss

Even science is still stumped on many of the basic questions of weight loss.

“Amazingly, in this era of obesity, there are still many things that we really don’t know,” says Robin Callister, PhD, professor of human physiology at the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Here’s what we do know about some of the most persistent mysteries of weight loss.

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Could too much green tea be harmful to health?

Source: Could too much green tea be harmful to health? – Medical News Today

For centuries, green tea has been hailed for its numerous health benefits. But according to a new study, the beverage could do more harm than good if consumed in large amounts.
[A cup of green teaResearchers suggest drinking too much green tea may be harmful to reproductive function and development.

In a new study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, researchers reveal how exposure to excessive amounts of green tea impaired the reproductive function of fruit flies, as well as the development of their offspring.

While it is unclear whether the beverage has the same impact on humans, the team says their findings warrant caution against consuming large amounts of green tea and other nutraceuticals. Continue reading

Achieving a Healthy and Lasting Weight Loss

Source: 10 Tips For Successful Weight Loss – Medical News Today

Many people live in nations where the majority of people are overweight or obese. In the US, for example, only one-quarter of the adult population has an ideal weight.

In those ages 17 and under, 50% are at a normal weight. Less than 20% of those who lose weight keep that weight off, while the rest follow a circular pattern of weight loss, maintenance, followed by weight gain.

Carrying excess weight can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. Dieting for weight loss is not a permanent solution. In order to lose weight safely and sustain that weight loss over time, permanent and healthy lifestyle changes must occur. Continue reading

How fatty foods could be damaging your brain

Source: How fatty foods could be damaging your brain – Medical News Today

Chances are, you are feeling a bit hefty after the Thanksgiving period; the average American consumes an average of 4,500 calories and 229 g of fat during a typical holiday get-together. But this overindulgence take its toll not only on the waistline, it could also play havoc with the brain, according to a new study.
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Researchers find weight gain induced by a high-fat diet may destroy synapses in the brain, impairing cognitive functioning.

Published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the study suggests a high-fat diet destroys synapses – connections that aid communication between neurons, or brain cells – in the hippocampus of the brain, which may impair learning and memory. Continue reading

The Mediterranean Diet: Is It the Food or the Lifestyle?

Source: The Mediterranean Diet: Is It the Food or the Lifestyle? – The New York Times

For decades, health authorities have argued that the diet of people living in Mediterranean countries, with its emphasis on olive oil, nuts and fresh produce, is a driving force behind the region’s historically low rates of heart disease.

But now a team of filmmakers led by a British cardiologist say that the function of the Mediterranean diet may have been oversimplified. They contend in a new film that the region’s good health is driven not only by food, but by an array of lifestyle factors, some of which they claim have been overlooked. Continue reading

A single energy drink could harm heart health for young adults

Source: A single energy drink could harm heart health for young adults – Medical News Today

Drinking just a single energy drink may raise the risk for cardiovascular events among young, healthy adults. This is according to a new study published in JAMA.
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Researchers found that a single can of energy drink increased blood pressure and stress hormone responses among young adults.

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Dehydrate Fruit in Your Microwave With the Defrost Setting

If you don’t have an appliance dedicated to dehydrating your favorite healthy snack, the defrost setting on your microwave can work in a pinch.

Food dehydrators can be pricey, and buying pre-packaged dried fruit can add up over time. That’s why Sarah Jampel at Food52 came up with a clever workaround of using a great drying appliance almost everyone already has: the microwave. Using the “defrost” setting, you can dehydrate thin slices of fruit in 30 minutes. Some juicier fruits may take longer, but it probably won’t take longer than 45 minutes to get the consistency you want. It’s not the most efficient method in the world, but it can do the trick if you don’t have any other option. Check out the link below to learn more.

Source: Dehydrate Fruit in Your Microwave With the Defrost Setting

‘Orthorexia’ – an obsession with healthy eating

Source: Psychiatry doesn’t recognize ‘orthorexia’ — an obsession with healthy eating. But the Internet does. in Lifestyle News curated by Catherine Harrington

“When does ‘eating clean’ become an eating disorder?” That was the headline on Broadly writer Claudia McNeilly’s lengthy piece on a little-researched, still-disputed medical condition known as “orthorexia.”

Within 24 hours of publication, “orthorexia” was trending on Facebook and the piece had garnered thousands of comments. Half the responses were ecstatic: “Awesome article,” one person wrote. “[I] would get incredibly anxious in the presence of certain foods such as rice or white potatoes before realizing that I had some kind of problem but couldn’t pinpoint what it was until I finally heard the word ‘orthorexia.’” Continue reading

Convert Picky Eaters Over Time With the “Three Rs”

Source: Convert Picky Eaters Over Time With the “Three Rs”

Cooking for picky eaters can be frustrating, but a recent study suggests three simple things that can convert the pickiest of eaters over time.

The study, conducted by researchers Clare E. Holley, Emma Haycraft, and Claire Farrow, and published in Appetite, suggests you can transform picky eaters as long as you have enough time and persistence. It all comes down to the “Three Rs”:

  1. Repetition
  2. Role modeling
  3. Rewards

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The daily habits of naturally slim people

Source: This infographic reveals the daily habits of naturally slim people – ScienceAlert

Okay, so maybe we’ve got this whole weight-loss thing the wrong way around, seeing how much trouble we’re having. Maybe instead of following the latest fad diets or trying to keep up with what scientists are telling us we should eat, we should just, you know, make like slim people.

That’s the thinking behind a new “Slim by Design” study conducted by researchers at the Cornell University Food & Brand Lab. They set up an online registry to investigate the characteristics and behaviours of people who are within their healthy weight range and who don’t struggle with weight problems, with one question in mind: what’s their secret? Continue reading

8 Foods You Should Not Refrigerate

Summer is prime time for produce. While you may know how to cook and eat these seasonal goodies, are you storing them correctly? Here are eight farmers-market finds that should stay out of the fridge.
  1. tomatoes
  2. melon
  3. potatoes
  4. onions
  5. garlic
  6. apples
  7. berries
  8. stone fruits (peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums)

Consumption of sweetened drinks now linked to heart failure in men

Source: Consumption of sweetened drinks now linked to heart failure – Medical News Today

New research shows a link between regular consumption of sweetened drinks and an increased likelihood of heart failure in men.
[Bottled sweetened drinks]The new research claims that sweetened drinks increase risk of heart failure.

Although this is the first time heart failure has specifically been investigated, there already exists a wealth of data on sweetened drinks’ impacts on other health issues.

Research conducted in 2004 found that adolescents consumed an average of 300 calories per day from sugar-sweetened drinks, accounting for 13% of their daily caloric intake.

Due to the prevalence of sweetened drinks in the general population’s diet and their negative health potential, this is an area worthy of further investigation.

Consumption of sweetened beverages has already been linked to changes in blood pressure, concentrations of insulin, glucose and C-reactive protein, and weight.

Soft drinks are also associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease and stroke. Continue reading

Soy diet may prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women

Source: Soy diet may prevent osteoporosis in menopausal women – Medical News Today

A diet rich in the types of protein and isoflavones found in soybeans may protect women undergoing menopause against bone loss and osteoporosis.
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The amount of isoflavone in the daily supplements that the women took is about the same as that consumed in an oriental diet, which is rich in soybean foods.

This was the preliminary finding of a study, by researchers from the University of Hull in the UK, presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference, which is being held this week in Edinburgh. Continue reading