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Eat Less and Eat Better

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New Federal Dietary Guidelines Released Every five years the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture update their guidelines for healthy eating. The 2010 dietary guidelines, released at the end of January 2011, offer more of the same advice as past ones: drink water instead of soda, cut back on [...]

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Eat the Peel: Apples’ Anti-Cancer Agents Are in the Skin

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Everyone knows the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but research over the last decade has begun to reveal why that is true: strongly anti-oxidant polyphenols that reside in the skin. Polyphenols in apples’ colored skin help protect them from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and the damaging effects of UV-B radiation.  Polyphenols [...]

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Heart-Healthy Foods: A Delicious Diet can Lower Cholesterol

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Last week my husband ended up in a cardiac intensive care unit. Turned out he had 90% blockage in a coronary artery and needed an emergency angioplasty.  How could this have happened to a fit, healthy eater who exercises regularly?  Well, he is over 50 and there is a history of heart disease in his [...]

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The Skinny on Fatty Acids

Just what are these omega-3s that the news and food product labels are full of? Omega 3s are essential fatty acids, which means our bodies need them but cannot make them so we have to get them from our diet. There are three different omega-3s: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA exists [...]

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We ♥ Fruit

February is American Heart Month. Not just the chocolate-filled, pink-foiled, “Will you be my valentine?” heart month, but the 10 oz muscle-that-pumps-blood-oxygen-and-nutrients-thoughout-your-body-so-you-can-live month. The Heart Association probably got February because it looks really good in red, but isn’t every month, heart month? And every day, heart day? Your heart beats 60-100 times a minute depending [...]

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