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7 Ways To Help Your Kid Lose Weight

Kids are heavier today than ever before. Childhood obesity has increased from 7% in 1980 to 20.5% today (for kids aged 12-19). The good news is that most children can slim down quickly if the right steps are taken. There are many interrelated reasons our kids, our pets, and we adults are gaining weight, but we can break the cycle with a… Read more →

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Do Juice Cleanses Work?

Juice cleansing is a popular and generally discredited diet trend. While true that diets rich in fruits and vegetables are associated with lower disease risk, juice cleanses bring dieters to a nonsensical extreme, relying on fruit and vegetable juice as the only form of nourishment for several days. Some self-proclaimed nutrition experts claim juice cleanses detoxify the body, but our… Read more →

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Is Caffeine Good For You?

Caffeine itself isn’t terribly harmful – suggestions that caffeine intake is associated with osteoporosis and cancer have been disproven by multiple studies – but not all sources of caffeine should be treated equally.   The caffeine in coffee and tea is accompanied by healthy antioxidants. Tea, especially green tea, may reduce your risk for developing some types of cancers. Coffee can be used to treat… Read more →

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Is Soy Bad For You?

Soy has recently caught a bad rap on health blogs and in the press. But are the fears warranted? If so, it would be a shame, because soy adds wonderful texture and variety to a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Tofu, soy milk, tempeh, and texturized soy protein are rich in protein; soy sauce and miso can amp up flavor in any… Read more →

Why Protein Supplements Are Dangerous & Dumb

Vegetarians and vegans are frequently asked, “how do you get enough protein?” Never mind that no one checks into a hospital with a protein deficiency, or that it is extremely easy to to consume adequate amounts of all essential amino acids on a whole-food, plant-based diet (check out some of these recipes). The common myth that animal flesh is the best source remains perhaps the… Read more →

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The 14 Reasons We’re Gaining Weight

Today’s obesity epidemic has been over 100 years in the making. Multiple factors are causing America’s waistlines to expand. Today, 70% of Americans are overweight and 30% are obese. According to US military and health records, our average weight has been increasing every year since national records began in the 1880s. It’s likely that no single food or habit is driving… Read more →

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Easy Recipes for Berries

Summer is berry season so expect to find blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and other types of berries at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. The dark, rich red, blue, and violet colors of berries are associated with a host of antioxidants and health benefits. Besides the fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, and folate, short-term berry consumption has been… Read more →

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Eating Well While Traveling

The summer means long road trips and destination vacations, which is great. But airport and roadside food is anything but great… With a little preparation, you can save money and eat clean no matter how far you’re traveling. Before you leave, take a few minutes to pack fresh fruits (apples, pears, and oranges travel well), cut up celery and carrots, snack… Read more →

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Smart Ways To Eat Nuts

There’s no need to fear nuts.  Sure, they are high  in fat and calories, but most of the fat comes from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved heart health. Vitamin E, plant sterols, and L-arginine found in nuts improve heart health by reducing plaque build up. Nuts can be a major source of… Read more →

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Five Tips For Healthy Hydration

As important as food is to fueling our bodies, water is vital to sustaining many of our bodies’ operations. Our blood is 92% water, our brains and muscles 75%, and our bones 22%. Water plays a role in lubricating our joints, keeping our body temperature normal, cushioning our spinal cord, and removing waste from out bodies. So how much water… Read more →

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Get Lots of Healthy Protein From Beans

One of the highest sources of plant-based protein is beans, which contain anywhere from 6-8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup serving. Additionally, a 1/2 a cup of beans will provide you with 3-6 grams of cholesterol-reducing fiber. You’ll also be getting some folate, which plays a major role in making new DNA. This is especially vital for woman who… Read more →

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Yes, Potatoes Are Good For You

Potatoes have been given the short shrift in light of popular low-carbohydrate diets. It doesn’t help that we equate them with french fries and potato chips, either. Luckily, books like The Starch Solution are bringing potatoes back into popularity as one of the world’s super foods. Starchy foods like potatoes make us feel full and satisfied; they are not the cause… Read more →

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10 Ingredients That Add Umami to Your Meals

Umami, a Japanese word describing meaty or savory tastes, is one of the five flavors our tongues can detect. While we certainly crave the other four flavors – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter – it is the umami flavor that makes us feel most satisfied with our food. It isn’t surprising that “umami” translates to “delicious” in Japanese. Glutamate is the… Read more →

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Best Tools For Keeping A Food Diary

If you find yourself struggling to make healthful choices most of the time when it comes to eating, keeping track of your food intake might help.  A 2008 study of 1,700 overweight or obese participants found that the more participants kept track of their food intake using a food diary, the more weight they lost. As a written record of… Read more →

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Whole Food, Plant Based Smoothies

Smoothies can be a great option for breakfast or a snack; they are quick to whip up, require few ingredients, and can be sipped on-the-go. Anything referred to as a “smoothie” is often thought of as a healthy beverage. However, not all smoothies are created equal. Smoothies sold at popular chain restaurants are often made with ice cream, whole milks, sweeteners,… Read more →

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Healthy Baking Substitutes

Baking is a great way to share delicious homemade treats with those we love, but baked desserts and snacks are often rich in sugar and saturated fat. For those seeking healthier alternatives, we recommend experimenting with your favorite dessert recipe by making a few of these healthy ingredient swaps: Substitute white flour for whole-grain flour. Whole-grains contain more cholesterol-reducing fiber… Read more →

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Plant-Based Milk: Which One Is Right For You?

With the growing trend of reducing or eliminating dairy from one’s diet for health, animal welfare, and/or environmental reasons, a number of non-dairy alternatives to milk have been made available at grocery stores to help consumers make the switch. In order to create a nutrient profile similar to that of cow’s milk, plant-based milks (PBMs) have also been formulated to… Read more →

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Vitamin B12 on a Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet can provide all the nutrients the human body needs to thrive, with the curious exception of vitamin B12. Neither plants nor animals directly produce vitamin B12. It’s produced by microbes that grow all over the earth’s surface and inside guts of animals, which is why meat is a common source of B12. Plant eaters would get plenty of B12… Read more →

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How to Build a Better Breakfast

Breakfast, commonly referred to as the “most important meal of the day,” is vital to providing the body with much of the fuel it needs to get through the day. However, a recent survey by Kellogg’s found that only about 34% of the adult participants ate breakfast every day. But what are the actual benefits of eating breakfast? In school-aged children,… Read more →

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Another Reason To Avoid Beef

Diabetes is usually linked with diets high in sugar intake. New research is now confirming that the consumption of red meat is also linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes for adults. You’ve probably heard about Type 2 diabetes, but what is it really? Insulin is produced by beta cells in the pancreas and is used to control… Read more →