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High-Carb or Low-Carb Diets?

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There has been a lot of talk back and forth about the benefits or risks to following low-carb diets. The United States Department of Agriculture suggests that everyone follow the MyPlate system, which recommends that around 30% of your plate be built on carbs. This advice has been the staple for years. The old Food Pyramid suggested 6-11 servings of grains, rice, and pasta, up to 50% of your daily intake. And doctors have warned people away from low-carb diets for years, saying they weren’t balanced. But lots of new research is saying low-carb diets

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Future of Farming

Huffington Post broke news two weeks ago on the world’s first vertical forest, built in Milan. As one of the most polluted cities in the world, Milan could greatly benefit from an oxygen-producing building with a small footprint. By hosting hundreds of trees in a tall building that also houses humans, these vertical forests may change the way cities approach cleaning up pollution. This innovation joins a growing list of new ways of bringing greenery into the city. In addition to helping control carbon emissions, urban planting can help pave the path for new methods

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Fasting for Fast Fitness

Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight

Fads come and fads go. Remember the cabbage soup diet? Or the apple cider vinegar diet? The latest big fad, spurned by a 2012 book, is intermittent fasting, meaning fasting on alternate days. But a recent review article indicates that fasting may actually offer more than initially thought. Scientists and doctors have long known that eating too few calories can actually interfere with losing weight. When the body doesn’t have enough energy, it can go into a type of starvation mode where it stores as much energy as possible as fat. The reasons for this

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The Lost Art of Home Cooking

Cooking at home can help your children gain skills for life

How often do you prepare meals at home? If you’re like most Americans, home cooking just doesn’t happen very often, maybe a few times a week at most. In just the past few decades, the number of meals Americans eat at home (regardless of family size or income) has decreased. Only around 45% of households cook at least one meal a day at home! Compared to people in other countries, particularly European countries, Americans like eating fast, don’t savor meal preparation, and don’t focus on eating (preferring to watch television while they eat instead). Think

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Don’t Buy Into Diet Soda!

Diet soft drinks can cause chronic health problems

For the health-conscious consumer, diet soda seems like a good deal. After all, it’s the sugar in those beverages that causes health problems. So I should be able to drink diet soda and still get my soda fix without the adverse effects, right? Although a few studies done in animals on the effects of sugar substitutes suggested that they created severe health problems such as cancer, those studies have been largely discredited. More thorough and comprehensive studies found that the main five artificial sweeteners used (acesulfame K, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, and sucralose) caused almost no

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Environment and Eating (Part 2)

Our brains perceive food on a large plate different than a small plate

This is part 2 of 2 in a series about environmental influences on health. Read Part 1 on activity. When people talk about improving their health, it’s often described in terms of individual goals and accomplishments. My friend and I started working out. Or I’ve been eating out less and cooking at home. But one of the largest factors in your health is also one you can’t easily control. Your environment. The world around us can actually work against us. Small cues in our daily life can greatly influence how you eat and how much activity

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Going Veg can Cut Heart Attacks by 30%

Several months ago, we posted on the benefits of eating a vegetarian diet. By no means do we think everyone should be vegetarian. But the facts speak for themselves. Vegetarians live longer, and they lead healthier lives. The highlights from that post: Vegans have lower rates of obesity, which contributes to several chronic diseases. Vegetarians and vegans have lower rates of diabetes and are less insulin-resistant. Many vegetarian foods protect against cancer, especially those with high antioxidants. Vegetarians have less hypertension (high blood pressure). Vegetarians have a lower rate of cardiovascular disease. That study was

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