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AHA News: High Blood Pressure, Unhealthy Diets in Women of Childbearing Age

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- One in five women of childbearing age has high blood pressure, according to a new study that found few of these women are on a diet that could help them – and their babies – reduce their risk for health problems.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, in pregnancy is a leading cause of maternal death. Ne...

America's Sweet Tooth Starts From Infancy

FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Bad eating habits begin at a young age in American children, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,200 babies (aged 6 to 11 months) and toddlers (12 to 23 months) between 2011 and 2016.

They found that 61% of babies and 98% of toddlers consumed added sugars in their typical daily diet, mainly in flavor...

Climate Change Will Hurt Kids Most, Report Warns

THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children will face more food shortages and infections if climate change continues unchecked, researchers from the World Health Organization and 34 other institutions warn.

Climate change is already harming children's health. And they're at risk for lifelong health threats unless the world meets Paris Agreement targets to limit warming to wel...

Ultra-Processed Foods May Fast Track You to Heart Trouble

TUESDAY, Nov. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Grab-and-go foods are an easy option for busy lives, but if you opt for ultra-processed foods a lot, you may pick up something you don't want -- heart disease.

About 55% of Americans' daily calories come from eating ultra-processed foods, a new study found. And the more calories that came from ultra-processed foods, the worse heart healt...

A Tasty and Nutritious Way to Prepare Fish

FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to get more fish in your diet with a lot more flavor? This two-step technique yields a crispy outside and flaky fish within.

Cooking fish in a skillet is a fast and flavorful way to prepare this healthy, low-calorie protein. The trick to searing fish and getting a crisp top is to start with a light dusting of flour. This alternative to bre...

The Healthiest Condiment You've Never Heard Of

THURSDAY, Nov. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for a way to liven up your dishes with a great tasting, low-calorie condiment, zesty gremolata is for you.

Gremolata is an Italian chopped herb mix and, as exotic as it sounds, it takes just three ingredients to make: lemon zest, parsley and garlic. It's full of flavor but has hardly any calories, and it's naturally fat- and...

How to Head Off Holiday Weight Gain

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- From Halloween through New Year's, holiday weight gain affects people the world over and, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it can happen with any major holiday, not just the winter ones.

As you might know firsthand, it's a lot harder to lose that weight than to put it on. So even if you start eve...

How to Make a Lighter Layer Cake

TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to have your cake and eat nutritiously, too? You can do both if you lighten up your baking.

The typical buttery layer cake may taste good, but its main ingredient is white flour, which is basically devoid of nutrition. Using almonds and coconut in place of flour packs in nutrients like fiber, vitamins E, biotin and B2. You get to savor a ...

AHA News: Your Eating-On-The-Job Problems, Solved

MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Few meals may be less loved than the workday lunch. Pulled from a brown bag, yanked from a microwave in the middle of a shift or nabbed from a bland cafeteria between meetings, it's more associated with frustration than nutrition.

A recent online survey by the Harris Poll for the American Heart Association and the food service...

When You Eat May Matter More Than What You Eat: Study

FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's evidence that the old expression "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper" could use some tweaking. With one important revision, this approach could help not just for better health, but also for losing weight.

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when you eat rath...

Consumers' Orders Changed Slightly After Calorie Counts Added to Menus

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Calorie labels in fast-food restaurants appear to help customer trim purchases, but only up to a point, a new study says.

Customers ate slightly fewer calories after a fast-food chain started including calories on its menus, but the impact weakened over time, researchers found.

"Our findings suggest that calorie labeling may be mos...

Check Those Halloween Treats So They're Safe to Eat

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 41 million American children will don costumes and go trick-or-treating tonight, so all parents should remember that not every treat is safe for their kid.

Inspect your children's candy haul for signs of tampering before you let them eat anything, said Bruce Ruck, managing director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers Ne...

Try This Easy Pumpkin Dessert for Halloween

THURSDAY, Oct. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pumpkin-flavored drinks and desserts are everywhere this time of year, often adding unwanted calories with surprisingly little real pumpkin. But you don't have to miss out on pumpkin's nutrients -- vitamin A along with a good amount of vitamin C and fiber -- if you cook with it at home.

Unlike other squashes that are smaller and easier to ro...

Try This Healthy Autumn Apple Dessert

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Apples are a superfruit loaded with nutrients and soluble fiber. While warm apple pie is the quintessential American dessert, a few tweaks to the standard recipe can lighten the calorie load.

First, switch from pie to crumble, which calls for less crust. To make the most of the apples' nutrients, this recipe keeps the skins on. The chai spi...

Fast-Food Outlet in Neighborhood Could Mean Heavier Kids: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Having a fast-food joint right down the block might not bode well for your child's chances of staying a healthy weight, new research suggests.

Among the more than 1 million children who attend New York City public schools, the closer kids lived to places that sell unhealthy food, the greater their risk was for packing on the pounds, the study...

A Lighter, Healthier Version of Baked Crab Dip

TUESDAY, Oct. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for a tasty seafood dip for your next family gathering? Everyone will love this baked crab classic that's been given a healthy makeover.

Crab is a great source of protein and makes an excellent base for a dip. It's low in calories and high in vitamin B12 and a variety of minerals. While fresh crabmeat often has the best flavor, if it'...

Giving Up One Food Will Help Your Health -- and the Planet

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Eating right is not only good for you, it's good for Mother Earth as well, a new study shows.

Vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, olive oil and fish all reduce your risk of death and disease when consumed as part of a regular diet, findings show.

They're also mostly associated with low environmental impacts.

On the othe...

Pediatricians' Group Calls for More Research on Artificial Sweeteners

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There are many unanswered questions about the long-term safety and impacts of artificial sweeteners in children, a new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement says.

The AAP statement also recommends that the amount of artificial sweeteners should be listed on product labels to help parents and researchers better understand how m...

Are You an Emotional Eater?

MONDAY, Oct. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Is emotional eating your downfall? One way to find out is with the EADES or "Eating and Appraisal Due to Emotions and Stress" questionnaire developed by Amy Ozier of Northern Illinois University.

First published in 2007, it has been used and refined by many other researchers over the years, not just in the United States, but around the world....

Try These Homemade Chocolate Treats for Halloween

FRIDAY, Oct. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- This Halloween, don't deny yourself tempting treats or throw your healthy eating plan out of whack when the kids indulge. The answer is chocolate-covered fruit -- all the sweetness of candy with nutrients you won't find in the Trick or Treat bag.

Fresh berries and fruit wedges, like apples and pears, are super high in healing antioxidants, and...

AHA News: Fresh Truck Helps Boston's Neighborhoods Connect to Healthy Meals

THURSDAY, Oct. 24, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Three converted school buses rumble through 18 low-income Boston neighborhoods. They carry the cargo that for too long has been scarce: fresh, healthy food.

These mobile grocery stores, called Fresh Truck, bring some 30 to 40 varieties of affordable vegetables and fruits to homes most in need. The aim is to improve health, ...

Don't Be Fooled By Foods That Sound Healthy But Aren't

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You probably already realize that adding zucchini or carrots to a cake won't magically make it low calorie or healthy. But you might not realize that there are many foods that sound healthy but really aren't.

It might seem as though bran muffins are the perfect way to get needed fiber, but the 3 grams in an average bakery offering don't jus...

Making a Lighter Chicken Parmesan

TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love your chicken parm but not the crazy calorie overload you get at a restaurant? Try this lighter version that's easy to make at home.

Most of the unwanted calories in chicken parmesan come from heavy breading plus the typical big side of pasta. Both bring down the nutrition profile since the breading is made from white-flour breadcrumbs an...

How to Get the Fruit and Veggies You Need Without Busting the Budget

MONDAY, Oct. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Fresh foods can be expensive, especially if you're trying to go organic. But if you want to eat healthier by skipping processed, packaged foods, it is possible to keep costs under control and still get in the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service found that you can ...

Cooking With Greens

FRIDAY, Oct. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's time to go beyond spinach and kale. To really power up your meals with greens, you want to explore the taste and texture of watercress and dandelions. And the following recipes will get from the fridge to your table in minutes.

Watercress is part of the cruciferous family to which kale and broccoli belong. It's got a spicy taste, so if yo...

How to Make Your Own Healthy Chicken Tenders

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you a chicken finger fanatic, but worried about what might be lurking in the take-out versions? The solution is simple: Do it yourself.

Making chicken fingers at home is a snap. Between oven baking and ingredient swaps to cut back on the fat and calories, this version is the perfect way to lighten up a fast-food favorite.

If yo...

Millet: A Whole Grain You Might Be Overlooking

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Don't let the names of exotic grains like millet keep you from trying them. They're as easy to make as standard white rice yet far more nutritious.

Millet is the seed of a grass that grows in Africa. It has a fluffy, dry texture and tastes similar to corn. Millet has a wide variety of nutrients, including many minerals, protein and fiber.

Are You Eating More Calories Than You Think?

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You've worked hard to curb mindless eating by not watching TV with a bag of chips in your lap, and you log everything you do eat in your smartphone app. But you could still be taking in more calories than you realize.

The fact is that throughout each day, you're bombarded by sneaky sources of extra calories that never get recorded in that jo...

How to Spice Up Everyday Oatmeal

MONDAY, Oct. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to add pizzazz to your morning bowl of oats? Here's how to spice things up and boost the nutrition.

Oats are rich in important minerals like manganese, which plays a role in controlling blood sugar. They also happen to be very high in fiber, important for gut and heart health. Nuts and seeds are great toppings for oats that you might be ...

Put Safety First When Planning to Pack Food-to-Go

MONDAY, Oct. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're tailgating, cooking for a potluck or bringing in a treat for co-workers, keep safety in mind to avoid food-borne illnesses.

Safe handling is always important, but it's an even bigger priority when you're away from your kitchen, without the benefit of your fridge and oven to control food temperatures. The key is to plan ahead to...

Farm-to-Table Movement Goes to School

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's a healthy new twist in the farm-to-table movement: Getting farm-fresh food to school lunchrooms and even having students grow their own crops as part of learning.

Colorado was a pioneer in passing the "Farm-to-School Healthy Kids Act" in 2010. The move was designed to increase the use of local farm and ranch products in school food ser...

Barley: A Tasty Alternative to Rice

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for a simple yet delicious way to enjoy whole grains? Start with nutritious, easy-to-cook barley, a great swap for processed grains like white rice.

When shopping, choose hulled barley instead of pearl. Hulled barley retains more of the outer bran layer with its fiber and nutrients. Pearl parley has had most of the bran layer "polish...

Could Eating Healthier Be a Natural Antidepressant?

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids have long heard the refrain: Eat your vegetables to grow up big and strong. But a healthy diet may make you happier, too, according to Australian researchers.

That was the effect eating healthier had in a small study of young adults with poor diets and moderate-to-high symptoms of depression. Those who embraced healthier food choices r...

Veggies' Popularity Is All in the Name

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- How do you make healthy food more popular? Start by giving it a yummy-sounding name, researchers say.

People are much more likely to choose good-for-you foods like broccoli or carrots if labeled with names that emphasize taste over nutritional value, according to Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University, and her...

The Slow Cooker Makes a Comeback

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might think of a slow cooker as your grandma's favorite timesaver, but this countertop device has many modern benefits -- from making healthier meals and cutting calories to saving you time at the stove.

Because almost all you need to do is cut, measure and add ingredients, you can set a slow cooker in the morning and have a meal ready ...

Mummy's Curse: Heart Disease Is an Ancient Scourge

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are taking the wrappings off an age-old malady.

Clogged arteries are a heart problem that's dogged humanity for millennia, finds a new imaging study of mummies.

Mummified arterial tissue shows evidence of cholesterol plaque buildup in people who lived anywhere from 2000 BC to 1000 AD, said lead researcher Dr. Mohammad Madj...

A Cool-Season Comfort Food Without Lots of Calories

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been relegating parsnips to the stock pot (their sweetness enhances both chicken and vegetable broth) or have been skipping over them altogether, you're missing out on a hearty side-dish choice for fall evenings and winter holidays alike.

Think of parsnips as a healthy comfort food, because cooking them brings out their naturally cre...

Cooking Food Changes Makeup of Gut Bacteria

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cooking food has a fundamental impact on what bacteria live in your gut, a new study finds.

"Our lab and others have studied how different kinds of diet -- such as vegetarian versus meat-based diets -- impact the microbiome [gut bacteria]," said senior study author Peter Turnbaugh, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the U...

How to Make Your Own Healthful Sauerkraut

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pickled foods are still on trend and so are do-it-yourself recipes since homemade fermented foods taste much better than store-bought versions.

Making your own fermented foods is easier than you think and the ideal way to introduce good gut bacteria into your microbiome. The key is prepping the veggies correctly and then just letting them rest ...

High-Fiber Diet Tied to Lower Heart Risk in Diabetes Patients

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A fiber-rich diet appears to help people with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in multiple ways, lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, a new study suggests.

High blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes raise the risk for heart disease, and diet may help keep it at bay, researchers say.

"This stu...

Can Your Eating Habits Keep Alzheimer's at Bay?

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you hear the word diet, you might think only of weight loss. But a lifestyle diet can bring even greater benefits.

One option that belongs on your radar is the MIND diet created by researchers at Rush University in Chicago.

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. It's a hybrid of those two he...

Overcoming Your Artichoke Anxiety

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love those artichoke appetizers you get at restaurants but stop in your tracks when you see them on display at the store? Yes, artichokes look intimidating, but once you know the secret of artichoke prep, you'll look for opportunities to prepare them at home.

Artichokes, a plant in the thistle family, are one of the healthiest foods around, ric...

Organic Chicken Less Likely to Harbor a Dangerous 'Superbug'

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests organic is best, a new study indicates that chickens raised without antibiotics may have fewer types of antibiotic-resistant salmonella than animals raised at factory farms.

Salmonella is a common infection among poultry, so some large farms feed their chickens antibiotics to prevent the birds from getting sick, an...

Buffalo Cauliflower: A Better Bar Food

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love the taste of hot wings, but looking for something healthier? If you're a fan of this game day favorite, you'll go wild over Buffalo cauliflower.

Making the simple swap from chicken wings to cauliflower gets more veggies into your diet and adds a world of nutrition. Cauliflower is a superfood rich in a long list of nutrients from v...

Butter or Margarine? The Latest Round in a Long-Running Debate

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Thanks to a federal ban on trans fats -- commonly listed on labels as partially hydrogenated oils -- margarine makers have taken steps to remove them from their ingredients. Does this mean margarine is once again a better choice than butter?

Not necessarily.

That's in part because some studies have given the saturated fat in butte...

Carnivores' Comeback: Review Supports Red Meat in Diet

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's a lurking dread in the back of the minds of many people who love steak, burgers and bacon -- the fear that what they enjoy eating might not be doing their health any favors.

But a major new review argues that folks can set those fears aside.

Cutting back on consumption of red meat or processed meat will not significantly red...

Fish Oil Supplements May Do Your Heart Good

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans pop a fish oil supplement each day, hoping to bolster their heart health. Now, research suggests they may be on the right track.

The most up-to-date review of data from 13 prior studies found daily omega-3 fish oil supplement use tied to a significant lowering of risk for heart attack, according to a team led by Dr. JoAn...

Many U.S. Seniors Are Going Hungry, Study Finds

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 10 U.S. seniors doesn't have enough food to eat, a new study shows.

And for those under 65 who qualify for Medicare because they're disabled, 4 of 10 may be going hungry, the researchers added.

"People are always talking about Medicare and how to tweak it and improve access to care, but these kinds of social problems [h...

How to Rebalance Your Carb Intake

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no doubt that eating a lot of sugar isn't good for your health. What's more, sugar can trigger a chemical reaction that has you craving more and more. Just think about the last time you ate a cookie -- were you able to stop at one? Or three? Or 10?

But Harvard researcher David Ludwig says when it comes to carbs, Americans eat more ref...

Seasonal Drinks With a Lighter Touch

FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With pumpkin spice lattes already hitting coffee shops, it's never too soon to rethink favorite seasonal sips and cut calories without sacrificing flavor.

Here are four to try from now until the holidays really begin! Each recipe makes two drinks.

Pear Bellini: Pears make the perfect puree to add to champagne, Prosecco or sp...

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