From the March 2017 Issue

Prebiotics, to Feed Your Good Bacteria

From yogurt to kombucha to supplements, probiotics appear to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, literally and figuratively. Probiotics are live bacteria and are believed to have properties that improve digestive health. Lactobacillus found in yogurt and other fermented foods is just one example.


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Heart Disease Is a Woman’s Disease

In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease—almost half a million deaths each year—yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persists. An American Heart Association survey found that fewer than one-half of American women are aware that heart disease is their leading killer. The reality is quite different—coronary heart disease (CHD) is the #1 killer of both men and women in this country.

The Nuts and Bolts of Nutrition Bars

We know that eating a variety of whole foods from all food groups is the ideal way to eat. But we also know that sometimes life just gets in the way of our best laid plans. That’s when having a nutrition bar in your bag or glove compartment can save the day. In a perfect world, nutrition bars would be just what their name promises: a bar loaded with a variety of beneficial nutrients, but low in less desirable ingredients, like sugar, saturated fat, and refined foods. And, of course it would taste great. But which bars meet those criteria?

Eating to Fight Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. They typically cause burning stomach pain, especially when the stomach is empty. They also may cause bloating, belching, heartburn, nausea, or intolerance to fatty foods. Occasionally, ulcers can cause severe symptoms, like blood in vomit or stools, or trouble breathing, and can lead to gastric cancer.

An Antioxidant Boom

You’ve likely heard of antioxidants, even if you’re not sure what they do. They’re frequently touted on food packages, such as nutrition bars and breakfast cereals, not to mention in promotions of the latest “superfoods” and a host of dietary supplements. The marketing of such products, however, is a bit ahead of the science. It’s important to understand a little about antioxidants to make better choices at the store and when planning meals.

Pass the Parsnips!

A wallflower among root vegetables, the parsnip has a history of fluctuating in and out of vogue. Though early history confused parsnips and carrots as the same vegetable, parsnips are believed to be native to the East Mediterranean and have been cultivated for at least 2,000 years. Both a staple food in Europe, and an elixir for stomachache and toothache, parsnips enjoyed great popularity until potatoes were introduced.

Prebiotics, to Feed Your Good Bacteria

From yogurt to kombucha to supplements, probiotics appear to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, literally and figuratively. Probiotics are live bacteria and are believed to have properties that improve digestive health. Lactobacillus found in yogurt and other fermented foods is just one example.

Ask the EN Experts: March 2017

One of the most well researched eating patterns on the planet, the Mediterranean diet has been linked with multiple health benefits, including lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. This diet pattern—rich in seafood, whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats—was even recommended in the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans as one you might want to consider for optimal health.

7 Weight Loss Myths…Debunked

As warmer weather approaches, our thoughts often turn to the return of shorts season—and possibly whether last summer's shorts still fit. While weight loss myths never stop circulating, this is one of those times of year when we may be more susceptible to believing them. Here are seven weight loss myths to start ignoring right now.

Calcium Supplements and Your Heart

Calcium’s role in overall health is not up for debate. It’s required for bone strength, muscle function and nerve transmission. Consuming enough may also help keep blood pressure numbers down. The question is, then, how should you get your fill of calcium? For many who are concerned they aren’t getting enough from food, supplementation becomes an attractive option.

Research Roundup: March 2017

Eating up to one egg a day has been shown to have no association with heart disease, yet it may reduce risk of stroke by 12%, research shows. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) with diarrhea experienced significant relief from symptoms and pain when they followed a low FODMAP diet, researchers say. An imbalance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids may increase the risk of weight gain and inflammation, researchers say.

Choose Water Over Diet Drinks For Weight Loss

Replacing diet beverages with water may lead to greater weight loss in obese women with type 2 diabetes who are following a weight-loss diet, research shows.

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When it comes to calories, quality counts. Eating 100 calories of chips is not the same as eating 100 calories of walnuts or fresh fruit. As for the idea that you have to cut 3,500 calories to lose a pound, research shows that weight loss—or gain—varies from person to person even with the same calorie deficit. It also varies over time, which is one reason for weight loss plateaus.

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