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THURSDAY, July 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- People are getting the message about the dangers of sugar. Nearly 70% of Americans have cut back on foods high in added sugars, according to a survey by the International Food Information Council Foundation. But there's still a long way to go.

One of the key ways to reduce your sugar intake is by drinking plain water or low- and no-calo...

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking to change up that sugary bowl of cold cereal, quinoa and amaranth are nutritious alternatives.

These tiny grains (they're actually seeds) make excellent and hearty breakfasts, and are rich in iron, protein and magnesium along with many other vital nutrients. Cinnamon is the ideal spice to boost the flavor of these hearty ...

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine this: You open a bag of fresh salad greens and out pops a lizard. Or worse.

Unfortunately, that scenario is more common than many might think.

Researchers analyzed online news between 2003 and 2018 and found 40 articles about U.S. consumers discovering live, dead or severed parts of animals in their produce.

More t...

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet plums and peaches are great on their own, a good source of potassium and a sweet low-cal snack with only 40 calories each. But you can also use them as the foundation of dishes perfect for summer entertaining.

When it comes to picking out the best stone fruit, look for firm, unblemished skins -- no scratches or bruises. If they're firm ...

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you skip or skimp on breakfast, grab a quick lunch and then load up at dinner, your food intake is likely out of sync with your body's needs.

Not getting calories when you really need them (hint: during the day) could be why you're having a hard time shedding pounds or finding the energy to exercise. Here's how to rebalance your cal...

FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More vegetables, more whole grains: New research finds that diets rich in fiber might help pregnant women avoid a dangerous spike in blood pressure.

The common obstetric complication is called preeclampsia, and it occurs in up to 10% of pregnancies. It's characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine and severe swelling in the ...

FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having "friendly" bacteria in your digestive system is important for good health. They help the body extract nutrients from food, and boost the immune system in the fight against inflammation and many diseases associated with it.

Gut microbes do much better with a plant-based diet, according to a study done at the Washington University School ...

FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet corn is an irresistible summer veggie and a good source of fiber. Ideally, you want to eat it as soon as possible after it's picked, but you can store corn for up to one week -- keep the husks on and refrigerate in produce bags.

There's nothing quite like biting into fresh corn on the cob, but you can turn this "fruit" of summer from sid...

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Check out the menus at any county fair -- corn dogs, fried Oreos, even fried butter -- and you'll quickly see that Americans love fried foods. But yet another study suggests that it's time to put that corn dog down.

The study found that eating fried foods increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. And the more fried foods you eat, the g...

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Eggplant is a high-fiber food that will leave you feeling satisfied and well-nourished. Most people think of the classic purple-colored vegetable, but eggplant comes in many varieties, colors and even shapes. All are perfect for a lighter take on a classic eggplant dish that your whole family will love.

One secret to making this Italian stan...

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's long been known that sugary drinks help people pack on unwanted pounds. But new research suggests that sweetened sodas, sports drinks and even 100% fruit juice might raise your risk for some cancers.

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but it found that drinking as little as 3 to 4 ounces of sugary drinks each day was tied ...

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could having kids prompt you to eat healthier foods?

Apparently so, a new study suggests.

Americans buy more fruits and vegetables after they become parents, researchers found.

"Although adult food preferences are considered relatively stable, major life events such as becoming parents may serve as a cue to behavior change,...

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The popularity of heart-healthy whole grains is on the rise among Americans, but levels are still far below those recommended by nutritionists, a new report shows.

Overall, whole grains -- products with 100% whole grains or made with whole grain flour -- made up almost 16% of total grain intake on any given day in 2016.

That'...

MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many packaged foods have the potential to give you vitamin overload, especially if you're already taking a daily multivitamin. Here's what you need to know.

Manufacturers have been adding nutrients to foods for decades. In fact, it started nearly 100 years ago with the addition of iodine to salt. Vitamins and minerals are added to foods in two ...

MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High in lycopene, low in calories, and rich in vitamins A and C, tomatoes are delicious fruits that can be turned into savory dishes. Try this simple fresh tomato sauce to make good use of this summer favorite.

Fast Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, ...

FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Watching your cholesterol intake has gotten easier.

Nutrition experts now agree that certain foods high in cholesterol, like shrimp and eggs, don't have the impact on your blood cholesterol that was once thought. Even better, some foods can help lower your blood cholesterol level.

Walnuts have healthy unsaturated fats that help lower...

THURSDAY, July 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Craving a burger but seeking a break from red meat? For a meal that looks decadent but is healthy, too, a juicy turkey burger is the answer.

Though turkey burgers can be dry, a simple addition keeps ground turkey from drying out: Mix a low-sugar BBQ sauce into the meat before cooking. Then enhance the taste with a flavorful condiment t...

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Major changes to a U.S. federal nutrition program for the poor have made both women and their babies healthier, a new study finds.

Known as WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children has been around since the 1970s. Changes in 2009 added more fruits and vegetables, which helped reduce some birth complicat...

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you often feel bloated after a meal, don't be too quick to blame high-fiber foods. The real culprit might surprise you.

Your gut may be rebelling because you're eating too much salt, a new study suggests.

"Sodium reduction is an important dietary intervention to reduce bloating symptoms and could be used to enhance compliance ...

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's well known that omega-3 fatty acids, or omega-3s for short, are important anti-inflammatory nutrients that, along with many other functions, reduce heart disease risk. What's unclear is whether you can get these benefits from a capsule. Studies involving supplements have recently been called into question.

That's why it makes sense to f...

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- No matter how committed you are to eating healthier and/or losing weight, making drastic changes can be hard.

A better approach is to make small shifts in the foods you eat every day, according to the U.S. 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. Here are 10 to aim for. To boost your diet efforts over time, try one a week.

Shift from white bre...

TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pickled vegetables are healthy and crunchy treats, and when you make them yourself, they'll have great savory flavor with a lot less sodium than packaged varieties.

Note that pickled foods are different from fermented foods, such as yogurt and kimchi. Pickling is soaking a food in a salty or acidic solution. Fermentation is the result of a re...

MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might soon revoke soy's longstanding claim to boost cardiovascular health.

But now comes long-term research that appears to bolster the notion that soy does indeed do a heart good.

Canadian researchers pored over the results of 46 separate trials. Their conclusion: "These data strongly support th...

FRIDAY, June 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking to boost your fiber and vitamin C in one bite? Forget dietary supplements -- emerald green broccoli is the answer.

Cup for cup, broccoli has more vitamin C than oranges, and only half the calories. It's also rich in folate and vitamin K, the minerals potassium and calcium, and many phytochemicals that may play a role in cancer prevent...

THURSDAY, June 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds -- we hear a lot about the "best" food groups for health. But what about the worst ones? What foods should you be eliminating or at least cutting back on?

Research published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at dietary intake and 318,000 deaths from diab...

WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Carrot sticks are fine for a snack, but that's far from the only way to get these tasty veggies into your diet.

Carrots are naturally high in beta carotene, and they're great for liver and skin health. These sweet root vegetables come in a wide range of colors, all of which are nutritious. When buying carrots, choose those that are firm and...

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a link that few might consider, but new research suggests young adults who worry about affording groceries may be more likely to suffer migraines.

The study, of nearly 15,000 Americans aged 24 to 32, found that migraines were common among those reporting "food insecurity." About one-quarter said they'd been diagnosed with the headaches...

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers a compelling case for staying in school: American adults who spent more time in the classroom as kids have a lower risk of heart disease.

"As a society, we should be thinking about investing in social policies to improve overall health and reduce health care costs," said study author Dr. Rita Hamad. She's an assistant pro...

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you struggle to eat a healthy lunch during your workday, a new survey suggests you're far from alone.

"The good news is most people said they are interested in doing better" when it comes to healthy eating, said Dr. Anne Thorndike, vice chair of the nutrition committee at the American Heart Association (AHA).

The survey included...

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could America's favorite morning drink also help fight one of its biggest health issues, obesity?

That's the suggestion from a British study that finds coffee stimulates the human body's "brown fat," a heat-generating form of fat that literally burns calories in a process called thermogenesis.

"This is the first study in humans to sh...

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Green tea is a popular health trend, with many people sipping it in hopes of deriving benefits from the brew.

There's nothing wrong with that, dietitians say -- green tea is a healthy drink loaded with antioxidants. But the jury's still out on many of its purported health benefits.

"Clinical trials related to green tea are still in t...

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods including fatty fish and flaxseed, may be best known for their link to heart health, but they're also vital for pregnant women and their babies.

These important nutrients have been linked to a reduced risk for depression for mom and a better birth weight for baby along with improved development and brain fu...

FRIDAY, June 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For pregnant women, good nutrition is essential for their health and the baby's health. But many aren't getting adequate amounts of the vitamins and minerals they need, a new study finds.

On the other hand, some of actually taking higher levels of nutrients than is healthy, the same research reports.

And almost all are eating too mu...

FRIDAY, June 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ever wonder how your diet habits -- good or bad -- compare to others?

Annual surveys done by the International Food Information Council Foundation detail positive changes that people are making and where improvement is still needed.

People are, in general, hungry for more food information and get it from sources as varied as dietiti...

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You don't have to adopt a total vegetarian lifestyle to improve your health. You can get some of its advantages simply by replacing some of the animal proteins in your diet with plant-based ones.

This can be an especially important switch for people who have even one risk factor for heart disease, like smoking, excessive drinking, being ove...

WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Summer is the perfect time to give your stove a rest and kick back with some fast, no-cook meals made with veggies you can grab at your farmers' market.

For a tasty alternative to a ho-hum salad, thinly slice zucchini and toss with extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Add a few dollops of ricotta and sprinkle with fresh herbs.

...

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Yogurt is a healthy food, and it may also be a cancer fighter, a new study suggests.

Men who had two or more servings of yogurt a week had a 26% lower risk of developing precancerous growths in their colon, a new study reports. Researchers didn't find the same cancer-fighting benefit for women, however.

"These data suggest that...

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Although illnesses have not yet been reported, the Sprouts Farmers Market chain says it is recalling frozen spinach sold nationwide, due to potential contamination with the listeria germ.

The recall involves Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, in both conventional and organic 16-ounce bags, made by National Frozen Foods of Oregon. Sprouts announced the ...

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Popcorn, with its ample dietary fiber and typically low calorie count, makes it easy to understand why many people think a giant bucket at the movie theater qualifies as a healthy snack.

But be careful before you start scooping handfuls into your mouth as the opening credits roll; not all popcorn is created equal.

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sweet summer fruits make a luscious ending to a meal, but there's no reason to limit them to dessert. Here are three fruity no-cook dishes that will please every palate.

For a sauce with a special flavor punch, add chopped fresh cherries to your favorite salsa recipe. Cherries are loaded with anthocyanins, an antioxidant with a deep red color...

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With all the attention that the very high-fat Keto diet is getting, you might be wondering how much fat is healthy and how much your body really needs every day to thrive.

First, know that some fat is essential for most people. Your body uses fat for many health functions, including processing fat-soluble vitamins like A and E. Including some ...

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite its vibrant green and red stalks, rhubarb might be one of the most overlooked plants in the garden.

An acquired taste, it looks like celery and has a tart tang, yet is used in many dessert recipes, from compote to pie. As with cranberries, rhubarb needs quite a bit of sweetness to appeal to the palate. It's often paired with strawbe...

WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Is that second serving of steak or extra strip of bacon worth shaving time off your life?

That's a question researchers want you to ponder, because their new study finds the more red and processed meat you eat, the greater the odds of cutting your life short.

People who increased their red meat intake by just half a serving a day ...

WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Everybody eats while standing at parties, picnics and food trucks, but science suggests we'd all enjoy our food much more if we sat down.

Your posture -- that is, whether you're sitting or standing -- affects your sense of taste. And researchers at the University of South Florida say sitting makes your food taste better.

They inv...

WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The more we learn about fiber, the more important the recommendation to get enough of it becomes.

Key Health Benefits of Fiber

  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Lowering blood sugar
  • Easing elimination
  • Improving heart health
  • Possibly reducing colon cancer risk
  • Helping with weight co...

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Spinach-loving seniors, rejoice. A new study suggests that -- despite doctor warnings to the contrary -- you can eat leafy greens rich in vitamin K if you are taking the blood thinner warfarin.

In fact, "I think all warfarin-treated patients would benefit from increasing their daily vitamin K intake," said lead author Guylaine Ferland. She's...

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Creamy and rich, yogurt is a versatile dairy food that can be turned into delicious meals.

It's high in protein, probiotics to help with digestion, and other essential nutrients like calcium. Research has shown that the fat in yogurt doesn't damage your heart, so full-fat is fine unless you're on a low-fat diet for health or to lose weight. ...

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- One simple change in your diet -- replacing beef with poultry -- could go a long way toward curbing climate change, research shows.

Beef is the largest dietary contributor to greenhouse gases for average people, and replacing it can halve a diner's food-based carbon footprint and improve health, according to findings presented Monday at the Amer...

MONDAY, June 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From positive effects on cholesterol levels to reducing the risk of heart disease and even some cancers, nuts are good for you.

Ounce for ounce, they are nutrient powerhouses with beneficial fats and plant protein. Many studies recommend eating 1-1/2 ounces of nuts a day, but which are best? High levels of nutrients put these at the top of the...

SATURDAY, June 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The kind of foods you eat, and even the order in which you eat them can affect your odds of developing type 2 diabetes, three new studies suggest.

The studies -- being presented to the American Society for Nutrition -- found:

  • Switching to a mostly plant-based diet (but one that could still include m...

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