Turkey Bacon: How Healthy Is It Really?

Calorie- and fat-conscious eaters may opt for turkey bacon as a healthier alternative to the traditional kind. But this substitute is also high in fat and sodium and offers few other benefits.

Avoid These 10 Foods Full of Trans Fats

In three years, you won’t find foods with artificial trans fats on your grocery store shelves. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has stated that manufacturers have to remove all trans fat from their products in that time frame. Why wait? With a little smart shopping, you can avoid the worst type of fat now. … Read More

Do You Know the Color of Body Fat? (Infographic)

Body fat gets a bad rap, but you’d die without it. Body fat stores crucial energy. It provides insulation. It protects your organs. It even helps hold your cells together. But too much of a good thing can be fatal. Explore this field guide to human body fat. Discover the different colors and what they mean. … Read More

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6 Tips to Make Calories Count — Instead of Counting Calories

When it comes to dieting, it’s easy to wish for a magic number.

But I’ve seen too many patients rely on calorie count as the answer. Sure, it matters how many calories you eat in a day. But fixating on that number can cause problems, too. It can become like a game: “If I eat this candy bar, that’s 200 calories toward my total. I’ll skip a snack later.”

Can Brown Fat Fuel Your Fat-Fighting Furnace?

Most of the fat in your body is like a storage unit: When you eat a cheeseburger, the excess calories move in and stay until you need them for fuel. But what if you could turn that storage unit into a furnace — and burn the fat for heat? That’s what a special kind of … Read More

5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

We know that you’re too busy during the week to prepare complicated, time-consuming breakfasts for you and your family. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on health. Here are five delicious, heart-healthy breakfast ideas that take no more than 10 minutes to prepare. These recipes come from nutritionist Julia Zumpano,  RD, LD, a registered … Read More

5 Smart Changes for Nutrition Labels (Infographic)

If you scan the Nutrition Facts labels of food at the grocery store before buying, you’re a smart shopper. Knowing the value of your food helps you make good decisions about what you put on your plate — and in your body. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed changes to make the … Read More

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Diet for Epilepsy Treatment: High-Fat, Low-Carb

When a child with epilepsy hasn’t responded to two anti-seizure medications and isn’t a candidate for epilepsy surgery, there’s a third option to consider — a ketogenic diet. What is this diet? Think high-fat, low-carb. “It’s based on a ratio of fat to carbohydrates and proteins,” says board-certified epileptologist Ahsan Moosa Naduvil Valappil, MD. “A … Read More

FDA Moves Toward Total Ban on Trans Fats

The Food and Drug Administration has taken a major first step in requiring all food manufacturers to eventually phase out artificial trans fat from their products, particularly processed foods. The agency has made a primary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the source of trans fat in processed foods, are no longer “generally recognized as safe.” … Read More