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What are the cardiovascular benefits of strawberries?

What are the cardiovascular benefits of strawberries?

No area of strawberry health benefits is better documented than benefits for the cardiovascular system. It's also hard to imagine any other research result, since our heart and blood vessels need everyday protection from oxidative and infl...

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Q: How do menus push us to buy certain foods?

A: Companies use eye-tracking equipment to see how people scan a page, so they know that where on the menu a dish appears influences what people choose.

For example, the upper right-hand corner is known as the "sweet spot." Newspapers pu...

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Diet to Prevent Colon Cancer

Diet to Prevent Colon Cancer

Looking to reduce your risk of colon cancer? Experts say to reach for the veggies and skip the bacon bits.
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New research into diet and colon cancer has exonerated some foods that were once thought to increase the risk of the disease. At the same time, r...

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Portion Control Hints

If I buy a bag of crunchy snacks, the first thing I do is separate them into individual zip lock baggies. Even if I overeat, at least I know how many I ate. Never eat directly from the bag!
Weighing and measuring is also a key. Depending on your eyes to give an accurate estimate of what yo...

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NEED TO EAT BETTER

I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compu...

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What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms?

What are the health benefits of shiitake mushrooms?

Shiitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms are widely referred to as "medicinal mushrooms" due to their long history of medical use, particularly in oriental medicine traditions. It's important to distinguish, however, between extracts and medi...

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Pre Packing Food

We have ALL had issues with over snacking or over eating! Some days are harder than others to control what I'm putting in my mouth. Other days I mindlessly graze over random snacks without being aware of what I'm actually eating.

But here is my secret to controlling and watching what I eat!<...

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Why Eat Healthy

Stop right there... leave the ice cream .. put the spoon down and back away slowly... We all need to reorganize our pantry and drawer in our fridge.. We need to add a variety of color Vegetables.. You may have to add slowly and make some camouflage with other ones they like but it may be a challenge...

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Eating Out

Q: What makes us eat more when we eat out?

A: Bigger servings. Restaurants typically serve us more calories than we can burn, and people are eating out more often. A recent Cochrane review examined 72 studies and concluded that if you serve people larger portions, they e...

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Q: Does our self-control also get worn down?

A: Yes. In one study, everyone was told to skip a meal before an experiment. Two groups were told to wait in a room with freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, chocolate candies and radishes before being asked to solve a puzzle.

One of th...

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