Oct
03
2010
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Why is it so hard to make a diet work?

motivationA quick glance at any magazine stand or bookstore shows that there is an enormous industry devoted to creating diets. Each diet is promoted with some unique angle: the pineapple diet, the eco-Atkins diet, the high-protein diet, the eat all the chocolate you want diet, the negative calorie foods diet, the breakfast pigout diet, the [more...]

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Jul
10
2010
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What foods are definitely (probably) good for you?

healthy-saladSome foods go in and out of fashion as “health foods”, others have their status change as new research becomes available. Here are some foods that are almost certainly healthy. Frozen peas Peas are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, folate and vitamin B1. They are also good sources of dietary fiber and protein. [more...]

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Oct
24
2009
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Did the ancient Romans have a healthy Mediterranean diet?

Mushrooms for lunch! (photo by orsorama - CC-BY)The Ancient Romans were known for their highly evolved civilization, and for their inventions like the aqueduct. They were also known to love food and eating, and they often threw elaborate banquets to impress their friends with their knowledge of food and wine and to show off their wealth. That wasn't how they ate all [more...]

May
15
2009
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Can diet help prevent macular degeneration?

Eye (Photo by SuperFantastic - CC-BY)A diet rich in nuts, fish, olive oil and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables can help prevent or slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Including these foods in the diet can provide significant protection against AMD and potential vision impairment or blindness in later life. Blueberries, pecans, artichokes and other antioxidant-rich foods have been [more...]

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Apr
16
2009
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Can food allergies prevent weight loss?

Calories (photo by baejaar - CC-BY)Many individuals are frustrated by an inability to reach their weight loss goals despite an adequate reduction in daily calories. It now appears that food allergies may be partly to blame! Food intolerance can create an inflammatory immune response which can inhibit weight loss. Sensitivities to commonly ingested foods can be revealed in chronic symptoms [more...]

Apr
13
2009
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What’s the difference between a calorie, a kilocalorie, and a kilojoule?

500 kilocalories, 500 Calories, 500000 calories or 2100 kilojoules (sketch courtesy sketchory.com - CC+)In older diet books the energy content of foods is stated in Calories, and yet when we read product labels we may find kilocalories and kilojoules. The prefix “kilo” means a thousand, so what gives? When Nicolas Clément devised the Calorie in 1824, he defined it as the energy required to heat one kilogram of [more...]

Apr
13
2009
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What are the best foods for an anti-aging diet?

Blueberries in gin syrup (Photo by thebittenword.com - BB-CY)Nutrient-rich foods are the centerpiece of an anti-aging diet. Lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, beans, and fruits and vegetables provide the building blocks of a healthy diet as we age. Whole foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber which can help keep the body young and defend against disease. Some [more...]

Apr
04
2009
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Are there any fat-burning foods that can help me lose weight?

Chili Peps (Photo by flattop341 - CC-BY)According to recent research, Yes! Chili peppers, green tea, grapefruit and dairy products are just some of the foods gaining a reputation as fat-fighters and metabolism boosters that can help individuals in the war against fat! Chili peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that may influence metabolism and help individuals burn off excess calories.  Ingestion of [more...]

Mar
15
2009
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How can I use soy protein in the Eco-Atkins diet?

Green soybeans (Photo by Kanko - CC-By)The dietary regimen utilized in the clinical trials for the Eco-Atkins diet were based on high-protein, vegetarian  meals centered around ingredients like soy and wheat gluten. The meal plans used in the clinical trials have not yet been published but incorporating vegetable proteins into the diet that adhere to the basic Eco-Atkins principles is quite [more...]

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Mar
09
2009
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What is a Flexitarian diet?

Bulgar salad with cranberries (by MerylCA - CC-BY)Flexitarians are “flexible vegetarians” who eat a plant-based diet most of the time but are not so strict that they can’t enjoy a sprinkling of meat or fish when the urge hits! There has been a lot of research pointing to the health benefits of eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts. Lowered [more...]

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