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Green Power: Foods for the Future Health

Green vegetables are literally a gold mine of nutrients and phytochemicals. So why does the average American eat green leafy vegetables only once or twice a week? Why are cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnip greens, arugula, and collards rarely seen at the American dinner table? Green is the future, and green vegetables must be a part of that future. Green vegetables are an inexpensive source of so many important nutrients, but in addition, their production does not harm the environment as animal production does.

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Protein Sabotage

Proteins help to regulate energy production, optimal digestion, brain function, immune efficiency, and so much more! You may eat sufficient amounts of high quality protein and still be protein deficient. This blog reveals twelve lifestyle practices that sabotage the health effects of quality protein.

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Can You Really Afford to Eat Healthfully?

The snack-food industry has taken a couple hits (2012) with Disney’s strict nutritional standards for food advertised on its various outlets. And there is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces. But millions across our nation are likely cheered along with former first lady Michelle Obama that childhood obesity may be diminishing with this era.

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The Scoop on Dietary Fats

What About You?

Confusion abounds about dietary fats and oils. Some say all fats are bad to eat, unsightly to wear (depending on distribution), and a harbinger of premature death regardless of age. On the other hand, some gorge daily on a smorgasbord of saturated fats, trans fats, and other unhealthful foods. In the middle are those who are puzzled, confused, fed-up, or just plain indifferent about the whole matter!

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Is There A Flaw To Going All Raw?

Why are so many people switching off their stoves and turning to raw foods? Adherents of the raw food diet are steadily growing. Some believe that a raw food diet is the most healthful diet and the one that most closely resembles the original diet. Others believe that raw foods have curative and health-promoting properties not afforded by a diet containing cooked foods.

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Trans Fats

You could improve your heart health by making your own desserts—especially desserts that are fruit-based & whole grain-based. How? Use cold-pressed oils instead of regular oils, margarine, or saturated fats like lard or butter. Why? The usual refining of oils requires repeated heating that compromises the quality of fats so that they have adverse effects on blood vessels.

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Got Calcium?

When you think of calcium, what’s the first food that comes to your mind? Milk, right? But what if you avoid milk products? Can you still get enough calcium?

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

The amount of calcium the body needs each day is still debated by scientists. The current US recommendation is 1,000 milligrams a day for most adults, and higher for teens and for women past menopause.((Office of Dietary Supplements.

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Sugar and the Brain: What is the Real Truth?

The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. Many refined sugars are “hidden” in processed foods. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for healthy women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 – 25 grams) per day.

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