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High Carb – Not Fat – Intake Linked To Greater Early Death Risk: Study

High Carb – Not Fat – Intake Linked To Greater Early Death Risk: Study

A large Canadian study is challenging conventional wisdom that says a low-fat diet is optimal for cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of premature death. The McMaster University study of more than 135,000 people in 18 countries found that eating a moderate amount of all types of fat is linked to a reduced risk of early mortality compared to the much-touted low-fat diet — while consuming a high-carbohydrate diet is associated with an increased risk of dying early. “Contrary to…

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Why You May Want to Limit Refined Carbs In Your Diet

Why You May Want to Limit Refined Carbs In Your Diet

93 percent of North Americans eat too many refined grains, while only 7 percent eat enough whole grains in their diets. Refined grains do contain a substantial amount of starchy, or complex, carbohydrates, and they can provide the body with energy needed for exercise and for daily activities of living. However, if you are trying to eat a healthier diet, it is best to limit your intake of these refined foods. What is a Refined Carbohydrate? Refined carbohydrates are plant-based…

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Simple Carbohydrates vs. Complex Carbohydrates

Simple Carbohydrates vs. Complex Carbohydrates

Written by Kristeen Cherney     Medically Reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on 30 March 2015 Carbohydrates are a major macronutrient and one of your body’s primary sources of energy. Still, there is a constant weight loss buzz that discourages eating them. The key is finding the right carbs — not avoiding them altogether. You may have heard that eating complex carbs is better than simple carbs. The problem is that nutrition labels don’t tell you if the…

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What Milk Shakes Teach Us About Food Addiction

What Milk Shakes Teach Us About Food Addiction

By Alexandra Sifferlin  June 27, 2013 Have you ever craved a piece of chocolate? Or felt the lure of a hot slice of pizza? And been convinced that the force responsible wasn’t your stomach hoping to quell hunger but your brain, desperately seeking to satisfy something more like an addiction? A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that certain foods trigger addictive behavior just as drugs can. Nicotine is addictive. So are drugs like cocaine and heroin. All can…

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Holiday Hangover Help: What to Do When You’ve Had Too Much

Holiday Hangover Help: What to Do When You’ve Had Too Much

November 27, 2012 | By Michele Foley, FitSugar No one ever wants to drink too much, but sometimes festivities happen. Keep this guide handy for preventing and dealing with the horrible hangover. Preventing a hangoverKnow this: if you’re going to go out and toss back more than a few drinks, you’re going to pay the price; the body isn’t designed to binge on bad stuff and feel great the next day. But before you even get to the worst-case scenario,…

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Benefits Of Couscous

Benefits Of Couscous

What Is Couscous? Couscous (pronounced Koose-Koose) is considered a pasta which is made of small granules of semolina flour, and is traditional in North African cuisine. It is also available made from whole-wheat flour, which slightly increases the fiber and boosts nutritional value. It is a culinary ingredient used as a substitution for rice or quinoa, it is very versatile, and it’s preparation requires little more than the addition of hot water and fluffing with a fork, then served as…

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Benefits Of Couscous

Benefits Of Couscous

What Is Couscous?Couscous (pronounced Koose-Koose) is considered a pasta which is made of small granules of semolina flour, and is traditional in North African cuisine. It is also available made from whole-wheat flour, which slightly increases the fiber and boosts nutritional value. It is a culinary ingredient used as a substitution for rice or quinoa, it is very versatile, and it’s preparation requires little more than the addition of hot water and fluffing with a fork, then served as a…

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Top 5 habits of highly healthy people

Top 5 habits of highly healthy people

By Dr. Joey Shulman, DC, RNCPMaking minor, yet meaningful changes to your lifestyle can help you become a significantly healthier and happier person. Our health expert shares five tips on sleep, nutrition and fitness to help you achieve these goals.“Why does she look and feel so good? I think I want what she’s having!” If you find yourself thinking like this it might be time to adopt some new habits.  After working in health care for over a decade and working one…

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How Food Affects Your Moods

How Food Affects Your Moods

Can your diet help put you in a good mood (or a bad one)? By Elaine Magee, MPH, RDWebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert Column Can your diet really help put you in a good mood? And can what you choose to eat or drink encourage bad moods or mild depression? While certain diets or foods may not ease depression (or put you instantly in a better mood), they may help as part of an overall treatment plan. There’s more and more research…

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5 Foods That Help You Sleep

5 Foods That Help You Sleep

By Melanie Haiken, Caring.com senior editor Should you let yourself have that midnight snack if you’re having trouble sleeping and you think hunger might be part of the problem? Here are five foods that can actually help you drift off: 1. Cherries. Fresh and dried cherries are one of the only natural food sources of melatonin, the chemical that controls the body’s internal clock to regulate sleep. Researchers who tested tart cherries and found high levels of melatonin recommend eating them an hour before…

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