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  1. Sodas and Your Health: Risks Debated

    Just about every week, it seems, a new study warns of another potential health risk linked to soft drinks. The most recent headlines have raised concerns that diet sodas boost stroke risk. Diet and regular sodas have both been linked to obesity, kidney damage, and certain cancers. Regular soft drink

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  2. The Truth About Coconut Oil

    Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, discusses the research on the potential health benefits of coconut oil.

  3. The Truth About Gluten

    More and more groceries and health food stores stock gluten-free products. That’s good news for people with celiac disease, who for health reasons should not eat wheat with gluten. Yet paradoxically, most of the people who reach for gluten-free products don’t have celiac disease and or even a sensit

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  4. Understanding the Omega Fatty Acids

    Nutritionists call omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids “essential” fats for good reason. The human body needs them for many functions, from building healthy cells to maintaining brain and nerve function. Our bodies can’t produce them. The only source is food. These polyunsaturated fats are important for

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  5. Great Grains and Seeds You're Not Eating

    To get your 3 to 5 servings a day of whole grains, perhaps you already start your morning with a whole grain cereal and choose breads made with whole wheat flour. That’s great. But don’t stop there. “There’s a whole world of grains you’ve probably never tried, all of them bursting with nutrition and

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  6. Fast, Nutritious Meals to Feed Surprise Guests

    When you have a few extra mouths to feed and need to set last-minute places at your kitchen table, there's no need to panic or place a takeout order. You can pull off a deliciously simple and satisfying meal with the ingredients you have on hand the next time your teenagers have friends over or your

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  7. Cooking Whole Grains and Seeds for Great Taste

    Whole grains and seeds deserve the title “super food.” They’re rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Help yourself to whole grains every day, research shows, and you’ll substantially lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer. Yet despite the proven power of gr

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  8. Recipe Makeovers for Healthy Cooking

    Most Americans want to practice healthy cooking for their families, but they aren’t willing to give up the popular dinner dishes they have come to know and love. The solution is to give those favorite foods a recipe makeover. “The big surprise about popular American foods is you can cut a lot of sat

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  9. The Best and Worst Foods in Your Pantry

    If your pantry was well-stocked with some of the best food choices for health, you would probably include them in your meals and snacks, right? Pack your pantry with some of the worst food choices though, and that’s most likely what you and your family will be eating instead. The newly released 2010

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  10. Leafy Greens -- Ranked and Rated

    "Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health," says Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, a culinary educator in Northern California and the author of The Veggie Queen. That's because leafy vegetables are brimming with fiber along with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances

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