Eat Less and Eat Better

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 salt, and eat more fruits and veggies.

Oh, and exercise a lot more. Enjoy your food, but eat less.

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

Heart-Healthy Foods: A Delicious Diet can Lower Cholesterol

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 family. This unexpected scare drove home to me the need to eat plenty of heart-healthy foods that will help keep our cholesterol in the excellent range and reduce our risk of heart disease.

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).

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 on your age and exertion.