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A Junk Food Addiction
Its long been noted that the more sugar we eat, the more inclined we are to eat sugar. But in a study published from the University of New South Wales, Australia, ...

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Are You Acidic Or Alkaline and Why Is It So Dang Important?!
Quick: Going back to your high school chemistry class; do you remember the difference between acid and alkaline? And do you know how important this balance is for ...

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
For 2014, the message to all Americans for National Nutrition Month is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” And what could be better as we kick off spring to ...

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Protein Power – 5 Protein-Packed Foods
As a vegetarian, I’m always looking for interesting sources of protein that don’t rely on animals. If you’re wanting to round out your protein intake and ...

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STAND UP For Your Health
By now you’ve probably heard the studies linking sitting to a whole slew of health problems, including heart disease and other nasty stuff.

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Better than Water
Maintaining hydration, even overdoing it in the water department, is key to health, beauty, and longevity. But as good as water may be, there are other even better ...

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A Man’s Diet, What You Need To Know
“In my consultations with many of our male guests, I find two main types,” says Chrissy Wellington Garner, MS, CNS, LDN, CPT, nutritionist at Canyon Ranch in ...

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Add variety to your menus by expanding your super foods circle: goji berries, farro, spirulina and coconut water
Planning the weekly menu can get tiresome even on a good week, but it can become especially challenging at times when other life tasks take center stage and we ...

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4 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Fiber
You need both insoluble fiber and insoluble fiber in your diet every day. If you’re not getting enough of either you may experience one or all of the following ...

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4 Go-To Greens!
Arugula: We love arugula salad. But I hadn’t thought of arugula in my smoothie. It blends easily and lends a little spice to your drink. Arugula blended with ...

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4 Swappertunities: Turn Not So Healthy Choices Right Side Up
Try baked ham instead of bacon. Bacon is about as gluttonous as it gets. I have no idea how die-hard Paleo fans love it so much. But regardless, if you’re wanting ...

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10 Ways To Get Your 7 Servings
Half of it should be fruits and vegetables at every meal. Try to figure out your vegetable before you plan your entire dinner. Thinking in reverse makes it more ...

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5 Ways To Slash Sodium In Your Diet
In a 24-week study, researchers from University of California, San Diego and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore geared toward reducing sodium in the diet found ...

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Food Is Thy Medicine: 10 Foods to Boost Your Brain Power
The antioxidant responsible for the orange hue in fruits and vegetables has been shown to increase brain function. Aim for orange at every meal if you can, looking ...

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Boost Your Day By Starting It Off Right!

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Food Labels Get Revised
Require information about the amount of added sugars in a food product. Sugar intake in the U.S. is much too high and has been linked to dozens of diseases both ...

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Amplify your Salad
Add protein to your green salad with an egg or lean meat. Eggs contain vitamin D, while fish contains omega-3 fatty acids. If you choose chicken, look for a lean, ...

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Energize Your Life
Since I had received a box of Harry and David pears I took this opportunity to create a delicious pear energizer. I like this one chilly, so refrigerate all items ...

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With Potatoes, Keep It Sweet
Sweet potatoes are not a yam, although many people put them in this category, they are a root, but because of their texture, they are high in fiber and can keep ...

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Watch Out For The Sneaky Sugars!
You may cut out the white stuff, but sugar is sneaky and can come in many forms. If you have health goals but are not reaching them, it could be linked to sneaky ...

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Foods for a Memory Boost
ROSEMARY: Herbs, including rosemary and oregano help reduce inflammation in the body. Scentually, however, these herbs also have beneficial effects helping increase ...

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Bone Up: Its time to build up your bone mass
Women lose bone mass at an alarming rate, especially if they have little to no weight-bearing exercise and/or have an inadequate diet. But before you reach for ...

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Gluten: Is it Your Enemy?
Gluten sensitivity, on the other hand, may have similar digestive problems as those with celiac. In addition, individuals with other inflammatory diseases and disorders, ...

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Get Your Ferment On - The Power of Fermented Foods
Pack the mixture firmly into the quart jar (you want to force out any air and push the cabbage down so the brine will cover the top). Fill the smaller jar with ...

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16 Proven Nutrient Powerhouses
Digestive support. Immune health. Yogurt with live cultures is excellent for restoring or maintaining healthy populations of species bacteria in our guts. Consuming ...

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Raw or Cooked?
By lightly cooking these flavonoid- rich veggies, you are able to absorb more nutrients. Onions are bursting with health properties, including anti-inflammatories ...

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Picking Healthy Frozen Foods For The On-The-Go Lifestyle
Include something fresh alongside your frozen meal so you can feel great about your compromise for convenience. Easy examples: an apple, a small salad, a cup of ...

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Serious Side Effects of Soda
Two years ago, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) tried to have the artificial caramel coloring found in sodas banned from food products after ...

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Eat Me First
The good news is that a few of these are easy to grow even for the novice or space-confined gardener. Kale for instance can be planted in the spring or fall and ...

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Drink Up
Red wine is rich in phytochemical compounds called polyphenols. Two polyphenols, catechins and resveratrol are thought, according to studies, to have antioxidant ...

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Swappertunities
This might be my favorite swap. Inspired by the Conscious Cleanse (consciouscleanse.com), you can run cauliflower through a food processor until it has the texture ...

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Why Processed Foods Have Become the Enemy
Many people say organic fresh foods are expensive. But consider shopping at the farmers market or buying fresh food locally, you will save money. Processed foods ...

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To Juice or Not to Juice?
Most juice programs limit daily caloric intake to approx. 1000-1200kcal/day. Will you lose weight? Of course you will lose weight when you are depriving your body ...

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Bountiful Black Bean
When they tell you it tastes great, then ask them if they can guess the secret healthy ingredients hidden inside. Once you reveal the black beans., they will be ...

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The 5 Things You Need for a Terrific, Nutrient-Packed Smoothie
Start with a cup and adjust as your taste buds get used to a less sweet smoothie. An easy one is chard. It has a very mild flavor, blends quickly and is delicious ...

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Powerful Superfood Duos
You may find that avocados and tomatoes is great in guacamole, but even better when you add in antioxidant pomegranate seeds for a little extra kick.

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Aphrodisiacs: Foods to Pump Up Your Sex Life
Food and sexuality have been associated in various ways throughout history. Foods such as chocolate, known as a sexy potion because of the release of dopamine in ...

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Worried About Heart Problems? Hold The Sugahhh!
Dr. Bowden suggests that when thinking about how to keep your heart healthy think about eating low inflammatory foods (low sugars), getting exercise, getting some ...

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What’s In Your Organic Meal?
Did you know that a host of foods can be allowed in products labeled organic? Learn more about what you’re eating and what it may mean for you. Here’s the full ...

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The Five Sins at the Grocery Store
Processed meats. Bacon, bologna, hot dogs.. while tasty to some these all contain nitrates that have been linked to cancer as well as other digestive issues. You ...

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Holiday Conundrum. The Best and Worst of the Holiday Foods
This holiday season, vow to not gain the average 6 pounds most Americans take on from Thanksgiving to New Years. Crazy, huh? Easily done if you're having a piece ...

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Dirty Dozen Plus Some Good News
This year, the Environmental Working Group released their updated reports showing that the dirty dozen is really the dirty fourteen (not as catchy, we know)... ...

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Sidestepping Cravings
Ooh, the lure of a piece of chocolate or a cookie. Or maybe you're more the salty type, wishing for chips or popcorn. There are so many things we crave and such ...

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Don’t Toss It Out: 5 Foods You Might Be Eating Incorrectly
So you know to eat the crust of the bread and the peel of the apple, but did you know that there are other foods you need to eat in their WHOLE form to get the ...

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Being Allergy-Wise and Allery-Free
Learning to cook allergy-wise can be a steep learning curve, depending upon the allergies you're contending with. I'm learning what I can bring to my daughter's ...

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Coffee. But What About The Fat?
Fat and calories hide in way too many unsuspecting places. You think you are eating a light lunch by choosing the house salad with grilled chicken and vinaigrette, ...

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The Truth About Your Food
Oftentimes, you can find an organic and local option, especially during the warmer months. If you love tomatoes, buy more now and chop, freeze, make salsa, or make ...

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Your Colorful Guide to the Superfoods
You know you need a bit more oomph in your diet, and you have heard of superfoods. Or perhaps you know you should be eating salmon and drinking green tea. But did ...

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Cool & Hot — What Goes Where
Summertime brings with it a lot of questions about food related illnesses as well as the storage of your fabulous summer produce! Here's your cheat sheet as to ...

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4 Surprising Side-Effects of Fast Food
Turns out processed foods can trigger migraines. Anyone who knows how horrible those can be is probably dropping their jaw in horror at every time they ever went ...

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Get Hooked on Safe and Responsible Seafood Choices
Today we can look to enjoy fish on the table at mealtime and feel more comfortable about the choices we make by selecting ocean-friendly seafood. There are a number ...

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Pair Up for Powerful Benefits
Knowing what to eat is one thing, but knowing what foods should be consumed with others is an entirely new ball game for many of us. But according to recent reports, ...

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4 Top Uses For Grapefruits
Grapefruit, a super powerful antioxidant and lycopene packed fruit, isn’t just a tangy citrus served best with breakfast. More than a pucker-provoking fruit, ...

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Best Thing About Beer
Beer contains polyphenols, antioxidants that regulate the immune system and suppress genes involved in provoking stress and inflammation. Fruits and plants contain ...

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5 Foods to Help Calm, Uplift, Cleanse, and Energize Your Mind, Body and Life!
Broccoli has been shown to neutralize food-born carcinogens and stimulate detoxifying processes. The compound Indole-3 has been shown to reduce risk of breast and ...

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5 Ways To Be a Veg Head
Fruits are great and are really easy to add to your diet. But veggies are not so easy. Unless you enjoy snacking on raw vegetables, it can be tough knowing how ...

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Beat the Winter Woes with These Natural cures
Boost your immune system with elderberry and turmeric. Turmeric is found in most Indian cuisine, but you can easily add turmeric to such dishes as mashed potatoes ...

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3 Top Energy Bars That Meet The Bar Code
Snacks provide you energy and nutrition that build a bridge between your meals. A little advance planning can help you stay at your level best to keep that energy ...

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11 Fab Fall Foods
Many of our most colorful foods are also the most nutritious - the pigments represented in many of our fruits and veggies are antioxidants and other phytonutrients ...

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Oregano Fever!
Did you know that herbs and spices are fruits and vegetables? Botanically-speaking, that's exactly what they are. And like fruits and veggies, our fresh and dried ...

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Expand Your Cookware Repertoire
Nonstick and stainless, right? Thankfully there are a slew of options available for cooking, from the totally natural bamboo to the man-made, yet non-toxic new ...

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7 Foods So Unsafe Even Farmers Won't Eat Them
Herbicides and pesticides may not be sprayed directly on root vegetables (since they're underground), but they absorb the chemicals through the soil and water. ...

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Nutritious Food is Good. Nutritious and Safe food is Better.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines dished up a four-word reminder to keep us food safe. Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill. And I actually remember them as 3 Cs and an S from ...

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7 Tasty Ways to Plus-up Your Chocolate Experience
Research has shown that chocolate can help make the heart healthy, and that good news certainly makes the heart happy, too. It's true that dark chocolate has higher ...

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Keeping Away from Frankenstein
Frankenfoods, or those that have been modified or altered in someway, are finding their way into the most natural of food stores. Unfortunately you have to be a ...

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One potato, two potato, three potato, what-FOR?
Think of potatoes like a grain. They're actually vegetables, but let's face it, potatoes "look" more like a grain in terms of their nutrients than they do a green ...

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Grapefruit, the Wonder 'Drug'
Studies do show that people who consumed either half a grapefruit three times a day, before every meal lost an average of 3.6 pounds after 3 months. Another study ...

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5 Tips for Better Gluten-Free Control
Going gluten-free? It can be tricky unless you know where to start. Here are 5 tips for better gluten-free control. Read labels. Be extra careful.

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Crackers, Cereals, Buns, Bars Off Limits if You Can’t Have Gluten? Think Again!
Thanks to increased awareness of Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disease due to an intolerance to gluten affecting about 1% of the U.S. population (around 3 million ...

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Quiz: Good to Know Gluten
Gluten occurs naturally in wheat, rye and barley. Wheat varieties also include farro, durum, bulgur and semolina. Other relatives of wheat - triticale (a hybrid ...

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Avoid the Enemy While Grocery Shopping
Shopping this morning, it occurred to me: we are casualties of the food marketing war. No one is selling healthy. Food corporations are simply trying to out-earn ...

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Everything You Need To Know About Fiber & More!
The textbook definition of fiber, according to the Food and Nutrition Board and outlined by MedicineNet.com is: non-digestible carbohydrates... that are intrinsic ...

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What's for Lunch? School-Time Lunches Made Simpler.
There are lots of simple ways to succeed with school lunches, but sometimes it feels like the brain freezes right when you need it most. Make a menu starting by ...

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Top 10 foods to trash or swap RIGHT NOW!
3 Day Perishable Food Rule - Peel and Eat - Bye Bye Sugary Jams and Jellies - Food Swap: Peanut Butter - More Cheese, Less Cheese Thighs

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Mighty Kale – Queen of Greens
Kale is one kool kat when it comes to our green leafies. Dating back nearly 3,000 years, it was commonly considered lowly peasant food right through the middle ...

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5 Great Ways To Enjoy Your Kale
Blend kale into a 'greens' drink or smoothie. OK, yes, this is for you true health-foodies. Try granny smith (tart green) apples, apple juice, lemon and a shake ...

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Healthy Shopping at Your Fingertips
The package doesn't always tell the full story. Flashy packaging, or even ugly packaging can easily sway us from making or not making a purchase, when the real ...

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In or Out? Processed meats are out.
Do you ever feel like nutrition science flip-flops? One day 'in', the next day 'out'? Well this one's a flop. Period. Science has been dancing around the topic ...

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Chocolate With A Conscience
Green and Black helps you track your chocolate all the way from the bean to the bar. Our favorite bar? Dark Chocolate and Organic Crystallized Ginger.

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It’s little, it’s blue and it’s time to celebrate!
What's round and blue and native to North America? The blueberry, of course! And July is high season for fresh blueberries nationwide. That's why, since 1999, the ...

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Good Mood Food
Elizabeth Somer, RD is an expert in the food and mood connection. In her book, Food & Mood she outlines several key principles to a Feeling Good diet (and deprivation ...

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Smart Phone Food Trackers: Easy, Interactive & Free!
Don't forget, low-tech works too. A pen and notebook really can be a great way to help you get to your goals. The best food record to use... is the one you will ...

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Top 15 Highest Rated Foods That Pack an Orac Punch
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities in biological samples.

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How To Keep a Food Record In 6 Easy Steps
Keep it simple - you can use a notebook, your daily planner or get techy and track on your smartphone or computer. What matters is that you have it with you and ...

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Chiles are Hot!
It's the ultimate oxymoron, but also speaks the truth: chiles are hot. Chiles are known for their heat and it's due in large part from a special phytonutrient compound ...

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Your Food Decoded
We already love Kashi, but their new secret ingredient decoder helps you uncover the real food in your packaged foods vs. the fake stuff. Their list is of course ...

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Shop smart!
Keep these food-label terms in mind next time you�re browsing the grocery aisles: No Added Sugar - no sugars were added during processing (does NOT mean ...

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The Facts on Flax
You may have already heard that flaxseeds contain plant-based omega-3 fats good for a healthy heart. But did you know it boasts a whopping 5 grams of fiber in a ...

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Watch Out For The Dye Jobs!
When nutritionists recommend eating the colors of the rainbow, they aren't referring to the ones created by food coloring. We're not just talking Easter-egg dye ...

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Get Floured
Four flours to add more nutritional punch to your baked goods: almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, spelt, quinoa. With vitamin E, magnesium and protein, almond flour ...

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When To Toss In The Garlic
Although popping a pill sounds easier, you might want to reconsider a garlic supplement, the jury is still out on the effectiveness. In some studies, the amount ...

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Let’s Be Honest
What You Find in Honest Tea (and what you should look for in all bottled teas!) Real tea leaves, brewed and bottled. No artificial ingredients. Less sugar.

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McCormick & Co Makes the "Making" of Dinner Easy and Delicious!
The new Recipe Inspirations from McCormick & Co., the world's largest spice company, make dinner preparation a breeze. Here are a few of Wendy Bazilian, our nutrition ...

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What should you really be eating?
Well, for the first time the DGAs are addressing the serious issue of obesity within the recommendations. In addition to specific, broad-based recommendations, ...

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Do U C what I C?
It offers positive benefit to heart health, reducing risk of certain cancers, is protective against stroke and. . . may even promote healthy weight and weight loss. ...

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How Much Sugar is Hiding in Your Food?
USDA data estimates that Americans on average consume 28 teaspoons of sugar each day. Your personal intake may be lower, but you may also be higher, so it is time ...

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Glorious Gluten Free Baking
Thankfully savvy companies are responding, making gluten and allergy free baking and cooking easier, tastier and much more enjoyable than it was just a few years ...

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The Magic of Moo Juice
Upping your dairy intake may lead to greater weight loss when dieting, according to a 2010 study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Over the course ...

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Reasons to Season: Cinnamon
From the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, this familiar spice has been used for thousands of years both for the flavor it brings to our meals and also for its potential ...

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Tame Your Cravings
Whether you are a notorious sweet tooth or a sucker for salty snacks, cravings can sabotage any effort to eat healthy. Here are three science-backed ways to stave ...

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What acts like a nut but isn't really a nut? A peanut, of course!
Sometimes Mother Nature jokes with us – and sometimes we humans perpetuate that joke, too. Enter the peanut. It is rather funny that the only "nut" that really ...

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Nature's Sports Drink: Milk
Millions of dollars are spent in formulating, developing, manufacturing, testing and marketing sports beverages for hydrating, fueling, and refueling competitive ...

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The Happy Nut - Pistachios
Pistachios date back over 7,000 years and have been lauded as a royal delicacy, garnering special praise, attention... and sometimes protection (legend has it that ...

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From Cherry Pie to Sports Beverage
Driving down the windy roads through the farmlands of northwest Michigan, in the lushness of the deep greens of summertime, it�s as though your eyes ...

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Green Your Diet
There are so many questions to be answered and evaluated based on your own healthful lifestyle. But each of us has the responsibility to take stock on where we ...

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How to Become One Hot Body
You were right. It is true that your metabolism does decrease over time. Sigh. In fact, after the age of 30, your metabolism typically drops 1-2% per decade or ...

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Nutrition from the Ground Up
And what could be better as we kick off spring to get our healthy minds and bodies thinking about planting our feet on the ground, planting seeds in the ground ...

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Assault on Salt

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Is Gluten-Free For You?
With the proliferation of gluten-free products and the increase in Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease in the population, many of us are left wondering if we ...

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Exercise Nutrition
The human body is designed to move. And like a car that runs on gasoline, we have to fuel our bodies to keep them running efficiently. Our fuel, of course, is the ...

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Spicing Up Your Health with Super Spices
Continued from our Retreat & Renew Daily Tip.

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Secrets from the Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin, a round winter squash is a member of the gourd family. They range in size from less than a pound to more than 100 pounds; colors range from green and blue ...

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The Magnificent Mediterranean Diet
Certain foods eaten in a certain pattern seemed to be the reason behind the heart-protection the people of the Mediterranean region enjoyed. This diet pattern is ...

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Arugula
Arugula, also known as rocket or rucola is native to the Mediterranean; some researchers even say that it dates back to the 1st century AD when it was used as an ...

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Whats the Deal with Vitamin D
The current adult recommendation is 400 international units but most researchers and public health and nutrition experts expect that number to increase in the very ...

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Super Ingredient - Cranberry
In addition to their known benefits for helping women with chronic Urinary Tract Infections, Bazilian also notes that recent research shows cranberries may help ...

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Milk: It Does Do a Body Good
You know you need calcium for strong, osteoporosis-resistant bones, but getting plenty of this mineral also helps keep blood pressure in check, improves cholesterol ...

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The Power of Cherries
And while dried cherries are an excellent option when fresh cherries are unavailable, studies show that cherry juices carry a significantly higher antioxidant level ...

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C for your skin
Studies show that cocoa is extraordinarily rich in potent antioxidants called flavanols, which increase blood flow, which may in turn enhance your skins vibrancy. ...

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Fruit of Japan
You may not have heard of this small, Japanese citrus fruit, but current research into the nutritional benefits of yuzu (Citrus junos Tanaka) may have you searching ...

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Garlic Gets Healthier
research shows that allowing the crushed or chopped garlic to sit at room temperature for at least ten minutes before adding it to your favorite recipe not only ...

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Wonders from the Sea
Commonly known by the Japanese names nori, kombu, wakame, arame, hijiki, and others, these unique foods are neither plant nor animal but are classified as algae ...

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Kombucha Mucha?
Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from sweetened black tea and a specific fungus called the Kombucha mushroom. Technically a symbiotic colony of bacteria and ...

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Berry Skinny
the component in red raspberries that gives them their rich color and heavenly scent, may actually help facilitate changes in metabolism that can help decrease ...

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Sweet and Safe?
The bottom line: A small amount of any artificial sweetener is probably not problematic for most people, but if you want to play it safe you need to carefully read ...

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Mighty Mangosteen
this exotic fruit has been praised for its naturally occurring compounds, the most prominent being xanthones, that may have medicinal properties. Found primarily ...

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Sweet News
antioxidants decrease blood pressure, improve glucose metabolism, and increase serotonin and endorphin production. No wonder you crave chocolate in a crunch. The ...

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A Jolt of Soy
Soy has done it again, this time it is popping up in your morning brew. Rocamojo, an alternative coffee company, offers two products for the caffeine-addicted: ...

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Vitamin E Does it Again
Vitamin E has been shown in several studies to help prevent age-related diseases such as cataracts, heart disease, Alzheimer�s, and infections. Further research ...

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Jim's Organic Coffee
Jim’s Organic Coffee avoids the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers which helps support the ecosystem, works directly with farmers ensuring a living wage ...

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Cheers To Your Health
Its premier issue focused on popular grocery store wines, analyzing samples for components including calories, sugars, carbohydrates, minerals, alcohol, and antioxidants ...

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The Care and Feeding of Your Brain
The antioxidant power of fruits and vegetables are critical to a strong brain. Antioxidants serve as housekeepers in the body and the brain, cleaning up free radicals, ...

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Crazy for Cranberries
They’re loaded with disease fighting polyphenols and can increase your body’s levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and your blood’s antioxidant capacity which ...

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Milk: It Does a Body Good
Soy milk was the first milk alternative to appear on supermarket shelves approximately 20 years ago, and it’s been the leader in nondairy beverages ever since. ...

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Powerful Pomegranates
Legend has it that the first pomegranate tree grew in the Garden of Eden and some biblical scholars believe that it was a pomegranate, not an apple, that prompted ...

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Eat Your Colors
Most of us have known for years that a diet rich in plant foods supplies us with a wide range of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. Collectively, these nutrients ...

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An Enlightened View of Nutrition
The highlight of his theory is how to 'feed' the body not only healthy, life promoting food, but also prana or energy, our vital life force. He suggests that through ...

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Sizing up Soy
Americans have fallen in love with the soybean. Soy foods like soy milk, soy ice cream, soy nuts, soy yogurt, soy burgers, and soy cheese are flooding supermarket ...

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How Clean is Airline Water?
According to a recent testing by the Environmental Protection Agency, 17.2 percent of 169 randomly selected passenger aircrafts carried water that was contaminated ...

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Running on Empty
Iron is an important dietary mineral involved in many vital functions. One of its main jobs is to transport oxygen in the body. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, ...

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Chewing the Fat
Yet, a diet too high in fat can increase your risk of cardiac failure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes. It can also lead to obesity, a risk factor for strokes ...

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Got Calcium?
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body and the majority of it is stored in your bones and teeth where it functions to support their structure. The rest ...

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Shopping for Omega-3s
Unfortunately, a slew of reports and warnings from government agencies and environmental groups over the past several years about mercury and other harmful chemicals ...

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today's tip: Silencing Your 'Inner Critic' - Rule #1
Here's rule #1 on how you should handle your inner critic and STOP second guessing yourself time and time again. 
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