Posts for category: Nutrition

April 01, 2013
Category: Nutrition
Tags: Habit  

Most of the world views Americans as overweight and addicted to fast food. Compared to countries such as China and France, for example, our dietary habits are poor, at best. Here are five healthy habits we can learn from other cultures around the world, courtesy of CNN.


Infuse your diet with produce and whole grains
Countries Embracing This Habit: China and Greece

Research confirms that three servings or more a day of produce can lower the risk of stroke, heart disease and some cancers. The USDA diet and nutrition guidelines recommend consuming between five and 13 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. As a general rule, try to fill two-thirds of your plate with produce and whole-grain foods, and the remaining third with fish or meat.


Savor leisurely dining
Countries Embracing This Habit: Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Japan

Meals in these countries generally span several hours and are divided into multiple courses. Sitting down to eat is about more than food; it’s about quality time with friends and family, and savoring the scent, texture and flavor of food.


Exercise portion control
Countries Embracing This Habit: France, Japan

People around the world eat many of the same foods as Americans; where Americans go wrong is with portion size. An average meal in France is 25 percent smaller than one in America. Okinawans stop eating when they are 80 percent full. Part of the difference comes from using smaller plates and choosing filling, fiber-rich foods such as lentils and vegetables.


Eat a variety of unprocessed, fresh foods
Countries Embracing This Habit: Italy, France, Greece, Japan, USA

Shopping in countries like France and Italy often involves several stops to local markets, the butcher or the baker for fresh, whole foods, as opposed to the typical American one-stop supermarket with aisles of processed options. Fresh foods provide more fiber, fewer calories and saturated and trans fats, and less salt and sugar.


Spice up your plate
Countries Embracing This Habit: India, China, USA, Thailand

In addition to adding flavor without the calories or fat, herbs such as garlic, thyme and rosemary, and spices like cinnamon, cloves and turmeric may fight disease. In the U.S., we have many ethnic restaurants that use world spices, or you can grow your own windowsill herb garden and incorporate them into the meals you already make at home.

March 25, 2013
Category: Nutrition
Tags: Soda  

Regular soda is bad for you – it’s full of sugar and is packed with empty calories. What’s more, consumption of soda has been linked to heart disease, among other conditions. Think the answer is switching to diet cola? Think again.

Results from the Framingham Heart Study, reported in the research journal Circulation, indicate that even diet sodas increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Of the 6,000 healthy, middle-aged men and women who participated in the study, those who drank at least one soda (diet or regular) per day had about a 50 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome (a cluster of cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors).

Compared to participants who drank less than one soda per day, those who drank at least one soda also had a 31 percent greater risk of becoming obese, a 30 percent higher risk of developing increased waist circumference, a 25 percent higher risk of developing high blood triglycerides and high blood sugar, and a 32 percent greater risk of low “good” cholesterol levels.

Researchers adjusted for the fact that people who drink soda tend to have similar dietary patterns – they consume more calories and unhealthy fats, eat less fiber, and exercise less – and still observed a statistically significant association between soft drink consumption and the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. While poor overall health habits could be to blame, other theories focus on the caramel coloring and fructose corn syrup in sodas, or the tendency to crave sweets when you consume a diet high in sweets.

Although more research on the topic is in order, for now, experts advise that you limit your intake of all soft drinks – including diet sodas. That’s a recommendation to take to heart.

March 18, 2013
Category: Nutrition
Tags: Cholesterol  

Ignorance may be bliss, but not when it comes to cholesterol. While most people understand the health risks associated with high cholesterol, women in particular aren’t taking the time to proactively monitor and control it.

According to a nationwide survey released by the Society for Women’s Health Research, 79 percent of women know how much they weighed in high school, but less than one-third know their cholesterol number. Moreover, only half of the women surveyed had a cholesterol test done in the past year. Although 63 percent said they were concerned about cholesterol and nearly 60 percent indicated they were actively trying to control their cholesterol, only 32 percent knew their actual cholesterol number.

Women generally are well-educated about cholesterol and its impact on their overall health. Almost nine out of 10 women (88 percent) surveyed know high cholesterol is linked to hardening of the arteries and heart disease, and almost as many (85 percent) know it can lead to stroke. In terms of prevention, the vast majority of women know how to control cholesterol: exercise (96 percent), eating more fruits and vegetables (95 percent) and eating foods low in fat (94 percent).

The survey also produced the following results:

  • One in three (32.9 percent) did not know that women can exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet, but still have dangerously high cholesterol levels.
  • Women with a family history of high cholesterol are only slightly more likely than the general population (66 percent vs. 60 percent) to say they are actively trying to manage their cholesterol levels.
  • More than one-third (36.3 percent) of women were surprised to learn that high cholesterol has no symptoms.
  • Only 35 percent of women surveyed know any of the four key numbers for monitoring cholesterol: total cholesterol level, LDL level, HDL level and triglyceride (blood fat) level.
  • Ninety percent of women (90.6 percent) believe that some cholesterol is good, yet only a third of women (38 percent) correctly identified HDL as the “good” cholesterol. An equal number got it wrong.
  • Only 21 percent of women know their high-density lipoprotein (their HDL level – the “good” cholesterol), with an equally low number knowing their low-density lipoprotein (their LDL level – the “bad” cholesterol).

If you’re concerned about your cholesterol, or if it has been a while since you had it checked, take the first step toward improving your health – find out your numbers and discuss them with your doctor.

March 11, 2013
Category: Nutrition
Tags: Heart  

Most people are born with a healthy heart. But given that almost 2,000 Americans die of heart disease each day, which translates into one death every 44 seconds, it’s up to you to do everything you can to take care of it. Here are a few heart-friendly tips from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Eat a diet low in saturated fat, especially animal fats and palm and coconut oils.
  • Add foods to your diet that are high in monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, canola oil and seafood.
  • Eat foods containing polyunsaturated fats found in plants and seafood. Safflower oil and corn oil are high in polyunsaturated fats.
  • Choose a diet moderate in salt and sodium.
  • Maintain or improve your weight.
  • Eat plenty of grain products, fruits and vegetables.

You can do a lot to influence your risk of heart disease, and it’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself. Talk to your doctor about how a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise can reduce your chances of a heart-related condition.

Instead of: Try this:
whole or 2 percent milk and cream Use 1 percent or skim milk.
cooking with lard, butter, palm
and coconut oils, and shortenings
made with these oils
Cook with these oils only: corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, olive, canola, peanut, sesame or shortenings made from these oils.
fried foods Eat unsalted fresh or frozen meat, poultry and fish.
smoked, cured, salted and canned meat,
poultry and fish
Eat baked, steamed, boiled, broiled or microwaved foods.
fatty cuts of meat, such as prime rib Eat lean cuts of meat or cut off the fatty parts of meat.
one whole egg in recipes Use two egg whites.
sour cream and mayonnaise Use plain low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or low-fat or “light” sour cream and mayonnaise.
sauces, butter and salt Season vegetables, including potatoes, with herbs and spices.
regular hard and processed cheeses Eat low-fat, low-sodium cheeses.
crackers with salted tops Eat unsalted or low-sodium whole-wheat crackers.
regular canned soups, broths
and bouillons, and dry soup mixes
Eat sodium-reduced canned broths, bouillons and soups, especially those with vegetables.
white bread, white rice and cereals
made with white flour
Eat whole-wheat bread, brown rice and whole-grain cereals.
salted potato chips and other snacks Choose low-fat, unsalted tortilla and potato chips, and unsalted pretzels and popcorn.


March 04, 2013
Category: Nutrition
Tags: Untagged

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