Food

Foods High in Saturated Fat Aren’t the Enemy

We’ve long been told that foods high in saturated fat are bad. But the fact is saturated fats are the good guys. They help to raise beneficial HDL cholesterol, improving your triglyceride/HDL ratio—a key marker of cardiovascular health. Foods high in saturated fat also help to change your LDL cholesterol…

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Heart-Healthy Diets: 6 Surprising Foods to Avoid

…know that junk foods like potato chips and cookies aren’t heart-healthy options. But there are other foods where the dangers are far less obvious. Here are the top foods you should avoid, not in my particular order—they’re all equally bad! For a Heart-Healthy Diet, Keep These Foods Off Your Grocery…

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To Eat Soy, or Not to Eat Soy: What You Need to Know

…products). I also recommend that people change their soy habit to focus primarily on fermented foods. I enjoy a good dish of silken tofu and spinach from time to time, but miso soup is still my favorite Japanese food. Now it’s your turn: Have you tried eating miso, or other fermented soy foods? You May Also…

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Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

…found in green, leafy foods like kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Conversely, Vitamin K2 is less abundant in foods. While it can be found in several hard, European-type cheeses, the highest concentration of Vitamin K2 and its benefits is found in the Japanese food called natto. Eat Natto…

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5 Dining Secrets that Help to Take Off the Pounds

…edge off your appetite. * Cut your foods into smaller pieces. As the above study showed, when you divide your food into smaller pieces you’re less likely to overeat. Another trick is to use chopsticks with your meal, or a salad fork, which forces you to cut your food into smaller pieces. * Slow down…

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The 14 Most Dangerous Toxins to the Heart

…and chronic inflammation are just two of the conditions influenced by the unnatural particles (and even some natural ones) in the air we breathe, food we eat, beverages we drink, and products we use on a regular basis. Although we lack the individual ability to eliminate toxins from the environment…

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Heart-Healthy Secrets for Safe Grilling

…into your food. A far better option is to use a propane-fueled gas grill. Unlike charcoal that “burns dirty,” releasing sooty particles that produce natural hydrocarbons, gas grills burn clean. But even with gas, you can end up with advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in your food. AGEs act like…

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Fish: A Natural Source of Omega-3s

…get them through the food you eat. Omega-6 EFAs occur naturally in almost all nuts and seeds, and you can also get them from ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil, black currant oil, evening primrose oil, and borage oil. Omega-3 benefits are a bit more challenging to get from food because there are few original…

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Juicing Your Way to Optimum Health

…night’s dream I awaken to realize that longer days mean the joy of more social activities; more meals out with family and friends; more grab ‘n go food on our jaunts to be out of doors more; and on it goes. This summer, Dr. Sinatra and I were mindful to create healthy, farm stand meals at home to balance…

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Safe Summer Outdoor Dining

…agents like you would with charcoal grilling. Next, you want to make sure you’re practicing safe food handling. Because outdoor barbecue grilling involves dry heat, many of us like to marinate food ahead of time to tenderize and flavor it. Dr. Sinatra and I are big marinade fans, but I always keep…

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Discussing the Effects of Microwave Oven Radiation

…Studies Aren’t Promising Microwave ovens are shown to: * Break down vitamin B12 into inactive substances. * Release potentially toxic compounds from food packaging. * Result in a loss of antioxidant compounds in vegetables and nutritional value in protein. * Create a high number of radiolytic compounds…

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Grapefruit Health Benefits and Side Effects

…supports your overall health and immune system. Grapefruit contains many heart benefits as well. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that eating red grapefruit can help to lower triglyceride levels in patients with coronary atherosclerosis. Plus, it can help to boost…

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10 Cancer-Prevention Tips That Can Save Your Life

…depletion and organ exhaustion. Try to eat at least one raw food per day and drink a freshly juiced fruit or vegetable juice once or twice a week. Cancer-Preventip Tip #4: Take a digestive enzyme supplement to restore enzymes depleted by processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, and stress. Cancer-Prevention Tip…

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Budget Tips for Healthy Living

…away from trans-fats (fried foods and processed food with hydrogenated oil) and polyunsaturated oils (vegetable oils, with the exception of coconut and olive oil). These are no-no’s. They inflame your body, including your blood and arteries. Stop eating at fast food restaurants or buying high-fat…

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5 Heart-Healthy Tips for Lean Living!

…Don’t let convenience influence your meal planning. Avoid processed foods, chemicals, trans fats, and preservatives. One good rule of thumb is to always shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Generally speaking, the processed food found in the middle of the store is full of the substances that are…

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The Health Benefits of Onions

Onions are an interesting food. When you eat them raw, the taste is quite sharp. But sauté them in a pan, and they get sweeter as they cook. They’re also an extremely versatile food—adding flavor to salads, sauces and many different dishes. But what many people don’t realize the health benefits…

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The Best Holiday Gift of All

…Stoke Christmas, the holidays aren’t about the food or the gifts. They’re about being resplendent in music, togetherness, and feeling connected to one another through our spiritual roots and heritages. Whatever your favorite holiday music, food, or family and spiritual traditions are, I wish you…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition for Kids

…children. The high levels of salt, trans-fats, and calories in fast food can cause serious harm to the heart and the rest of the body. But the reality of life is that, on any given day one-quarter of North Americans will eat a fast food meal…many of whom are children. What's the Best Way to Introduce…

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