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Month: April 2012

Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight?

Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight?

By Caleb Hellerman, CNN April 27, 2012  (CNN) — Pushing her meal cart into the hospital room, a research assistant hands out tall glasses of reddish-pink liquid, along with a gentle warning: “Remember, you guys have to finish all your Kool-Aid.” One by one, young volunteers chug down their drinks, each carefully calibrated to contain a mix of water, flavoring and a precisely calibrated solution of high fructose corn syrup: 55% fructose, 45% glucose. The participants are part of an ongoing…

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A is for Antioxidants

A is for Antioxidants

Load up on these A-list foods by Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD Labels on everything from chocolate bars to bottled teas are touting their antioxidant awesomeness. And for good reason: a spate of research has found that antioxidants can help reduce the risk for a laundry list of ailments including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Environmental pollution, sunlight, deep-fried foods, vigorous exercise, and everyday metabolism are among the many instigators of free-radical production in the human body. Once they get going,…

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5 nutrition tips to follow for the rest of your life

5 nutrition tips to follow for the rest of your life

By Dr. Joey Shulman Picking up good eating habits is easier than you think. When it comes to health and nutrition, there are certain practices to follow that can be game changers. If these habits are implemented on a daily basis, the impact can be so great that you’ll feel an instant boost in your energy levels, see a drop in your weight and feel an overall sense of wellness. More importantly, you’ll be implementing disease-prevention practices that will be powerful tools…

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Stealth Health: Get Healthy Without Really Trying

Stealth Health: Get Healthy Without Really Trying

Living healthier doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming, experts say By Colette BouchezWebMD Feature Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD How much do you know about what makes up a healthy lifestyle? Here’s a pop quiz. 1. How do you define working out? a. Going to the gym.b. Turning the jump-rope for the neighbor’s kid.c. Playing Frisbee with your dog. 2. How do you define good nutrition? a. Eating a vegetable at every meal.b. Eating two vegetables at every meal.c. Drinking a…

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The Key to Health, Wealth and Success: Self-Control

The Key to Health, Wealth and Success: Self-Control

By Maia Szalavitz    January 24, 2011 Self-control may be the secret to success, according to a persuasive new study that followed 1,000 children from birth to age 32: children who showed early signs of self-mastery were not only less likely to have developed addictions or committed a crime by adulthood, but were also healthier and wealthier than their more impulsive peers. Problems surfacing in adolescence, such as becoming a smoker or getting pregnant, accounted for about half of the bad outcomes associated with…

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Optimism Might Cut Your Risk for Heart Attack

Optimism Might Cut Your Risk for Heart Attack

WEDNESDAY, April 18  (HealthDay News) — Being upbeat is good for your heart, a new study suggests. Many previous studies have shown that negative mental states — such as depression, anger, anxiety and hostility — can harm the heart. This Harvard School of Public Health review of more than 200 studies found that positive feelings appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and events such as heart attack and stroke. “The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the…

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Low-Fat Dairy Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

Low-Fat Dairy Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) — In what the researchers say is the largest study on the issue to date, adults who consumed higher amounts of low-fat dairy products also had a somewhat lower long-term risk of stroke. The study involved nearly 75,000 Swedish adults who were tracked for an average of 10 years after completing a dietary questionnaire. Those who consumed low-fat versions of products such as milk, yogurt or cheese had a 12 percent…

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Cancer-killing dandelion tea gets $157K research grant

Cancer-killing dandelion tea gets $157K research grant

CBC News      Posted: Apr 20, 2012  Researchers in Windsor, Ont., have received an additional $157,000 grant for a total of $217,000 to study how effective dandelion root extract is in fighting cancer.Siyaram Pandey, a biochemist at the University of Windsor, has been studying the anti-cancer potential of dandelion root extract for almost two years.His team’s first phase of research showed that dandelion root extract forced a very aggressive and drug-resistant type of blood cancer cell, known as chronic…

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The Sweet Life

The Sweet Life

When I was a child, my favourite food was spinach. Many people might be surprised that a kid might like spinach, but it was true … I loved it. In my adult years, I thought I’d track down the recipe that could take me back to my beloved childhood spinach. It was a bit of a revelation to me to discover the reason I enjoyed it so much … sugar. I was surprised to learn how much sugar was in…

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Fruits and Vegetables Are Getting Less Nutritious

Fruits and Vegetables Are Getting Less Nutritious

April 14, 2012 Shelley Stonebrook Recent research on fruits, vegetables and staple crops such as wheat and corn shows that, over time, our food has gotten less and less nutritious. The vitamin and mineral content in our foods has been steadily declining over several decades. Reach for an apple, a head of broccoli or a handful of raspberries today and you are likely getting far fewer nutrients than if you’d eaten those same foods 50 years ago. Why is this…

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