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How’s your mood? The surprising fruit and vegetable connection

We’ve long known that eating fruits and vegetables promotes good health. Do you anyone whose mother didn’t tell them to eat their fruits and vegetables?  Over the long term, they may provide us with an arsenal of weaponry against a range of diseases.  But a new study, out of New Zealand, evaluated the effects of […]

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Pistachios- Shelled or Unshelled?

Now that science is showing that eating pistachios is very smart indeed, there are other key decisions to make: shelled versus unshelled. When you’re deciding between shelled and unshelled, you might want to consider the advantages of going for those in the shell. And because they’re not a tough nut to crack, they’re easy to […]

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The #1 way to control eating while watching TV

Do you eat too much while watching TV or at the movies? A recent study by Dr. Brian Wansink, the mindless eating guru, looked at the issue and seemed to offer some advice. But  with all due respect to  Dr. Wansink, I have to disagree with his suggestion of using the opportunity to boost the […]

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5 easy ways to help stop portion distortion

Portion distortion is definitely a major contributor to girth control issues. Even if you’re going for healthy options (other than maybe low-calorie vegetables),  large servings can make the calories and pounds add up. While everyone knows that large servings of  high calorie fare such as  cake, cookies and fried snack foods can contribute to weight […]

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Making summer tomatoes last longer

What’s better – fresh versus processed? l While there is truly nothing better than to pick a warm tomato off the vine, wash it and pop it into your mouth (just ask my little granddaughters as they spied ripe ones in my backyard and then squealed with delight as they picked each one),  nutritionally speaking,  […]

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Top ways to incorporate herbs into your menu

Here in North America, herbs have commonly been used as a way to boost the taste of dishes when cutting down on sodium. But in the Mediterranean diet, the gold standard of eating that’s linked to low rates of many chronic diseases, herbs are consumed in plentiful amounts. Take the Middle Eastern dishes such as […]

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Liquid assets: what’s in your cup?

Temperature’s soaring and you’re fading fast. You’re obviously in need of  liquid refreshment but what do you reach for? From water and juices to  iced coffee, tea and  frozen offerings, the choices are endless. So what’s the cost of your preferred thirst quencher? If it’s full of sugar, accumulating research says it could be take […]

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5 top ways to reduce your AGEs

There’s an  unfamiliar culprit lurking on the disease front these days –advanced glycation end products (AGEs).  AGEs   have been riding under the radar for most people but not so in scientific circles. Researchers have been investigating these substances and the increased risk for a range of diseases in those with diabetes.  But more and […]

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