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So Long Salt

Reduce salt intake for better health

The time has come. After years of hearing about how unhealthy high-fat and high-sugar foods are, this year we will hopefully hear the same about high-salt foods. For the past few years some controversy has stirred about salt, which provides the body with sodium. One of the major messages was that you only needed to reduce sodium intake if you already had high blood pressure (hypertension) or heart disease. For healthy people, it didn’t matter as long as you were eating healthy. Also, a 2011 study indicated that low salt intake could be just as

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Drought Will Cost Us in Food Prices

This last year, America experienced one of the worst droughts in history. Nearly every state experienced lower rainfall, and the Midwestern states, where many crops are grown, were hit the hardest. While the effects may not be immediate, the government is predicting a jump in food prices across the board in 2013 according to the consumer price index. Almost 90% of corn and soy bean crops have been damaged or destroyed. Losing two crops may seem like small potatoes. But it’s easy to forget that much of the livestock grown in America depends on corn and

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To Eat or not to Eat; Breakfast is the Question

In the search for a perfect weight-loss routine, breakfast has been batted back and forth across the table. Some of the most long-standing pieces of advice: have protein for breakfast eat a large breakfast skip breakfast entirely load up on fiber during breakfast have a liquid breakfast of coffee or smoothies But what does the science actually tell us? Several studies have found a link between skipping breakfast and poor eating habits throughout the day. Studies show that breakfast-skippers eat 40-55% more unhealthy foods (including soda and sweets) and eat 30% less fruit and 45%

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Buyer Beware! Whole Grain Stamp Doesn’t Tell Whole Story

A new study out yesterday found that using the whole grain stamp to identify healthy foods didn’t always work in the buyer’s favor. The whole grain stamp, a packaging symbol awarded to foods by the non-governmental Whole  Grain Council, can help buyers quickly identify foods that have at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving. But the study, from Harvard, found that foods with this stamp often had more sugar and more calories than foods without the stamp. The group looked at 545 products to determine the health value of those with the stamp

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The Skinny on Good Fat and Bad Fat

Fat. Good fat, bad fat. Good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Full fat. Low fat. Non-fat. Some people say eating fat will make you gain weight; others say it can help you lose weight. It can be hard to keep all of it straight! What does all of it really mean for you? When people say good fat and bad fat, they may be referring to two different things. The first, and most common, is the notion of dietary fat that we should or should not eat. Good fat can increase our good cholesterol, HDL (high-density

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Amazing New Technology for the New Year!

As we ring in 2013, many of us have made resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or quit smoking. For people with chronic conditions, it may be a resolution to have fewer asthma attacks, take care of bodily aches and pains early, or to lower cholesterol or blood pressure. For health professionals, it may be a more social goal to help protect populations from environmental pollutants, or at the government level, to reduce obesity and diabetes. And technology is here to help you! Just last month, a team at UCLA revealed the newest in allergy-testing

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Super Spices to Support your Health

Throughout history, spices have played a major role in the establishment of trade routes, the launch of wars, and even the discovery of new foreign lands. (Remember Columbus was setting off to find a spice route to India when he hit North America instead.)  Pepper, nutmeg, and cumin demanded high prices or were even used as currency themselves. Today, however, we can just walk down the aisle at the supermarket and pick up even the most exotic spices at bargain prices. Over the centuries, spices also took on several supposed miracle properties; people thought certain

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