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5 Food Labels Decoded

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

You’ve heard all about sketchy ingredients lurking in your food: artificial dyes, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. Some are even linked to cancer and obesity. That may be why we’re willing to pay 33 percent more for items labeled “free of” one of these bad news ingredients, according to a new study from Cornell University. The research is timely. Last month, the Food and Drug Administration proposed to eliminate heart-harming trans fats from our food. And certainly, most nutrition experts advise buying foods that are labeled trans fat-free. But what are other food labels should you pay attention …read...

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6 New Food Rules to Follow

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

You’ve heard the standard nutrition advice before, like stick to fruits and vegetables, and focus on whole foods. But what if you’re following all the tips and still missing out on important nutrients? In order to make the most of your food, you need phytonutrients–the healthy plant compounds that fight cancer, lower blood pressure, and cholesterol, and enhance memory–says Jo Robinson, author of the new book Eating on the Wild Side. Follow these six surprising food rules to get more of them. 1. Look for dark colors. Focus on blue foods like blueberries or blue potatoes, black like blackberries or …read...

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The Costs for Eating Healthy | Women’s Health Magazine

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

There are lots of explanations for the obesity epidemic: Genetics. Lack of sleep. The ubiquity of junk food. Now, new research in the British Medical Journal sheds light on another common, but previously unproven, theory: Eating healthy is expensive. According to the analysis of 27 studies, it costs $1.50 more per day to follow a healthy diet, compared to consuming lots of processed foods. While $1.50 might not sound like a lot, this translates to an extra $550 a year for one person to adhere to a healthy-eating plan like the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts. Your pocketbook may be hit especially hard if you opt for lean meats instead of fattier cuts: Meats/protein exhibited the largest price difference between healthy and unhealthy picks—$0.29 per serving—of any supermarket category.  Read...

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3 Food Swaps That Will Save Your Diet

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

So much of the food we see deceives us. Drive-thru salads can pack more calories than burgers. New research out of Boston finds that culinary blogs regularly feature foods packed with saturated fat and salt. And other research shows that when fruit is added to unhealthy dishes, we tend to eat 35 percent more–thinking the food is healthier. Your TV has an answer: HLN’s new show Cook Your Ass Off. On the show, which premieres Sunday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 p.m. EST, chef Richard Blais puts three cooks to the challenge every week. The task at hand: Spin an unhealthy …read...

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5 Weird Things Fast Food Does to Your Brain

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Here’s one way to get cultured: kick your McDonald’s habit. Exposure to fast food makes it harder to appreciate beautiful art and music, finds a new University of Toronto study. Researchers found that just seeing fast-food restaurants and logos–not even neccessarily eating it–can trigger impatience and make it more difficult to savor enjoyable experiences, like listening to an opera or looking at photos of nature. How come? Fast food brings to mind speed and instant gratification, both of which make you more restless, says study coauthor Sanford DeVoe, Ph.D. We don’t need to remind you what fast food can do to your …read...

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