Healthy Behaviors

Long Term Decline in Trans Fat Consumption in U.S.

Greater consumer knowledge and voluntary cutbacks by food manufacturers may be behind a one-third reduction in trans-fat consumption in the U.S. between 1980 and 2009, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. Reuters reported Oct. 23 that the findings were based on data from the Minnesota Heart Study, which includes information on the dietary […]

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Pumpkins are Jack Full ‘o Goodness

Pumpkins are pretty great when it comes to nutritional value. CNN reported Oct. 21 that the health benefits of pumpkins include: low in calories and high in filling fiber contains beta-carotene, converted to Vitamin A in the body for improved vision and skin beauty has lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that also help in eye health […]

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Long-Term Weight Loss Has Little to Do with Speed

Whether you keep off weight lost on a diet may have less to do with how quickly you dropped the pounds than what you do to maintain your healthier weight. The New York Times reported Oct. 20 that Australian researchers put a study group of both rapid weight-losers and long-term weight losers on a maintenance […]

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Making Good Choices When You Eat Fast Food

Even the most conscientious among us are sometimes put in the position of having to do for a fast-food meal. Women’s Health reported Oct. 20 on some of your healthier (low calorie, low fat, protein rich) options when going out for a quick bite, including: Breakfast: McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait Dunkin’ Donuts Ham & […]

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Relating Calories to Exercise Shown Effective

Providing consumers with information about how much exercise they would need to do to offset the calories found in a bottle of soda may help reduce consumption of sugary drinks, CNN reported Oct. 6. Researchers said teens were more likely to switch to drinking water when presented with exercise-related information on signs — the number […]

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Healthy Eating Provides Well-Being Boost

Eating plenty of healthy produce can improve your sense of wellness as much as smoking can decrease it, British researchers say. MinnPost reported Oct. 8 that University of Warwick researchers studied 16,000 people and found that 33.5 percent of those who ranked in the highest category of personal well-beingĀ ate five or more servings of fruit […]

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Big Battle in California Over Penny Tax on Soda

The California cities of Berkeley and San Francisco are battling the soda industry over taxes on soft drinks that will go before voters next month, the New York Times reported Oct. 8. The taxes – one cent in Berkeley, two cents in San Francisco — are intended to lower sugar consumption, a major cause of […]

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Babies Should Never Sleep on Couches

For safety’s sake, always put an infant to sleep on a bed or crib, not a sofa. The New York Times reported Oct. 13 that one in eight “crib deaths” among infants actually occurs when a child is sleeping on a couch. Most of the deaths occurred in children ages 3 months or younger. Pediatricians […]

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Low-Fat Foods to Avoid

“Low-fat” isn’t the same thing as “healthy,” especially when food companies compensate for cutting fat by adding sugar or other unhealthy ingredients. Health reported Oct. 11 on some low-fat foods best avoided, including: Turkey bacon: only marginally lower in fat and calories than regular bacon, and both products are processed foods high in nitrates and […]

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Orange You Grinning About These Healthy Pumpkin Recipes?

Pumpkin is full of nutrients, but all too often our Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns are left to rot uneaten on the stoop. Health reported Oct. 7 on five healthy ways to work pumpkin into your diet, including: Pumpkin smoothies: one half cup canned pumpkin one cup of unsweetened coconut milk one tablespoon of coconut butter or almond […]

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