Certain foods may trigger your brain’s reward systems, making you crave more. But smart swaps and better choices can help you avoid unhealthy eating patters.
From juice and fruit punch to flavored milk and soda, your child’s favorite sugary drink can lead to a multitude of not-so-sweet health problems, including tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
When it comes to building healthy habits, small decisions add up over time. We talked to exercise physiologist Christopher Travers, MS, and dietitian Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD for diet, nutrition and fitness ideas that you can incorporate into your life. Below, find their ideas for ways to be healthier every day: 1. Don’t just … Read More
Eating at the movies can be hazardous to your health. Movie theater sizes are larger than recommended servings (by a lot)! And the foods sold in theaters are typically full of sodium, sugar and fat. In the real world, anything over 200 calories is considered a meal, not a snack. But order a large buttered … Read More
Have your efforts at dieting sapped your energy without moving the scale at all? That can happen when you follow claims and promises made by diet food manufacturers rather than sound nutrition principles. Sticking to reasonable portion sizes and filling up with healthy food are always preferable to relying on diet foods. If you want … Read More
You kicked your regular soda habit, and now you’re sitting on cloud nine. But if that cloud is made of diet soda — a replacement for the real thing — you may have just created new problems. Switching from regular to diet soda may offer a short term cut in calories, but your body won’t … Read More
Colas and coffee appear to have some effect on women’s bone density and could lead to osteoporosis. But tea — even the kind with caffeine — and other sodas do not. And men are not affected at all. Confused? You’re not alone. While scientists have gathered data that links consumption of colas and coffee with loss of … Read More
Eating healthy doesn’t apply solely to what you consume for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That is, unless the only time you eat is at mealtimes. Most of us, however, like to have a couple of snacks during the day. The right snacks can help us to focus mentally by taking the edge off our hunger and can provide … Read More
Contributor: George Thomas, MD Studies show that cutting down on sodium in your diet can lower blood pressure — reducing your risk of stroke, heart failure and other health problems. Experts say most people should consume less than 2,300 mg of sodium each day. That’s one teaspoon. People with certain medical conditions should consume even … Read More
Sugary drinks are a hot topic right now in the fight against obesity — especially in New York City with its big-sugary-drink ban controversy. But as big a culprit as sugar may be, salt may play as important a role. A new Australian study finds children who eat more salty foods tend to drink more sugar-sweetened drinks. Deakin University researchers … Read More