Don’t Sugar Coat It

Eating too much sugar not only adds inches to your waistline, but also fuels inflammation, which is a major cause of many chronic diseases. Sugar comes in a number of different forms – including refined sugar (sucrose), naturally occurring fructose found in fresh fruit, and man-made high-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, used…

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The Skinny on Fat

For decades, we’ve been told big fat lies: if you want to lose weight, don’t eat fat. But the latest research shows the opposite may be true. Adding healthy fats to your diet may help prevent overeating, promote better brain function and improve your overall health. “A big misconception is…

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Herbs & Spices

Spices and herbs not only add flavor, color and aroma to food, but also vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Replacing salt with fragrant, tasty herbs and spices is also a simple way to cut your sodium intake. “You can naturally help to lower your blood pressure – whether you’re hypertensive or…

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Trust Your Gut

Taking probiotics has become an increasingly popular way to maintain a healthy digestive system. Probiotics are live microorganisms – known as good bacteria – that are available in food or dietary supplements. “Our intestinal tracts are lined with bacteria that are very important in our digestion, and we need good…

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Fueled by Food

Planning to go on a long run or play in a soccer tournament this weekend? What you eat before, during and after your workout can make a big difference in your performance, says Penny Wilson, Ph.D., registered dietitian at Ironman Sports Medicine Institute in Houston. “Your nutrition can really make…

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