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Proposed Food Labels Target Calories, Serving Size

Monitoring how many calories you eat in one serving and limiting added sugars in your diet may be easier if the federal government proceeds with plans to update the Nutritional Facts label for packaged foods. Health officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say the goal is “to reflect the latest scientific information, including […]

Bananas Better than Sports Drinks, Study Finds

Next time you pack your gym bag, skip the sports drink. A banana and some water may be all that you really need. It turns out that the portable snack – a longtime favorite of athletes – is as beneficial as a sports drink. In fact, bananas provide antioxidants you won’t find in a sports […]

Pistachios: No Ordinary Snack

Going nuts for nutrition? Try pistachios. Packed with protein, fiber, antioxidants and potassium, this tree nut can help support cardiovascular health, according to researchers. Pistachios contain phytosterols. These nuts can elevate healthy HDL cholesterol levels when eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat. But like all good things – use moderation. A […]

Lower Risk of Stroke with Low-Fat Dairy Foods

If you want to raise a glass and make a toast to good health, do yourself a favor: fill it with low-fat milk. It turns out that eating low-fat dairy foods can reduce your risk of stroke. Indeed, researchers found adults who ate low-fat dairy foods had a 12 percent lower risk of stroke and […]

Add Tomatoes for Cancer Fighting Nutrients

Rich in the antioxidant lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, tomatoes have cancer fighting properties that can help prevent the formation of cancerous cells and other kinds of health complications. In fact, according to a recent study, eating seven or more servings of tomatoes each week can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%. […]

Know Limits for Black Licorice

When you pass by the Halloween candy bowl this week, federal health officials want adults 40 and older to limit the amount of black licorice they eat every day. Eat more than 2 ounces daily for two weeks and you might wind up with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia. Food and Drug Administration officials […]

Salty Diet with Little Potassium Poses Big Health Risks

Here’s a good reason to swap those salty tortilla chips for a banana: Americans who consume high amounts of sodium and little potassium have a 50 percent increased risk of death – from any cause. They also have twice the risk of death from heart attacks, according to a study published in the Archives of […]

Potassium Power

Want to lower your blood pressure? Definitely eat less sodium. Then serve up some potassium rich foods to help your body get rid of excess sodium. Eat baked potatoes, raisins, winter squash, cooked spinach, lima beans, dried prunes, and of course, bananas.

Music and Laughter May Help Blood Pressure

Here’s some news to make you smile: Listening to music and laughing isn’t just fun. Turns out it might even lower your blood pressure. About 80 lucky adults in Japan got to be part of a recent study that required some of them to listen to one-hour music sessions or attend laughter sessions. The laughter […]