From the February 2014 Issue
Whether youre trying to lose weight or simply focus on a heart-healthy eating regimen, a growling stomach can interfere with your eating goals. Hunger is a normal body reaction and survival mechanism. But in todays environment of ample food availability, hunger can lead us to over-consume foods, especially those that arent so healthful.
What better time of year to treat your Valentine (and yourself!) to the ultimate gift thats both from and for the heartdark chocolate. Romance and indulgence aside, the heart-healthy benefits of dark chocolate may be enjoyed all year long.
Men who skip breakfast increase heart disease risk. The risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease was 27 percent higher in men who did not eat breakfast, according to a 16-year study of more than 27,000 male health professionals. Skipping breakfast may lead to risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and diabetes, which can lead to a heart attack over time, researchers found. The study also found a 55 percent increase in heart disease in men who regularly ate late at night.
Perhaps Popeye was doing his body right when he ate spinach to replenish his superhuman strength. Green leafy vegetables are chock full of phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. In fact, many health professionals believe that leafy green vegetables deserve a special focus in the produce world for the volume of nutrients tucked into their low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, low-glycemic index package. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the benefits of dark green vegetables on the basis of color, and recommends incorporating at least three cups (cooked, or 6 cups raw) in your diet every week, based on 2,000 calories per day.
The folklore. Amaranth, a less well-known grain than some of its cousins, has been steadily climbing out from obscurity and reclaiming its ancient glory. This native of Peru was as much a staple crop as corn to the pre-Colombian Aztecs, who used it both as food and in religious ceremonies. When Cortez brought Christianity to the New World in the 16th century, he banned amaranth and other foods used in heathen festivals. Fortunately, amaranth couldnt be held back. Today, this ancient grain is appreciated as a nutrient-rich, versatile food, and a worthy addition to any menu.
On a cold day, theres nothing quite as good as a bowl of steaming hot soup. When you have the luxury of time, you can prepare a delicious soup from scratch. However, for a quick lunch or a busy night, a prepared soup from the grocery store can be just as comforting. Like other prepared foods, pre-made soups can have their nutrition downfalls, but its possible to enjoy convenient soups while still eating healthfully.
Youve likely noticed the proliferation of books, websites, and specialty foods aimed at helping people avoid gluten-containing grainsand all other grains, too. While a small group of scientists, medical professionals, and bloggers are leading the charge for grain-free dietsdeclaring grains a mismatch based on human evolutionthe majority of experts believe grain-free diets for the masses are a wrong move. If youve considered ditching grains, its important to understand the science and the potential pitfalls if you do so.
Cinnamon may have more to offer than its trademark sweet aroma and flavor. Scientists know that cinnamon provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects. And now some studies suggest it may have blood-glucose lowering effects for people with diabetes. However, the evidence that cinnamon is a foolproof diabetes treatment is still lacking.
Inside each one of us is an inner ecosystema unique microbiome teeming with bacteria that lines the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or gut, which is the largest organ of immunity in the body. Fortifying the gut microflora with probioticsalso known as friendly bacteriashould be one of your top health priorities, as this promotes a stronger immune system.
Q. Ive heard that canola oil is bad for you. Is there any truth to this idea?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently took a stance against partially hydrogenated oil, the source of industrially produced trans fat, found in processed foods, such as popcorn, margarine, and ready-made frosting.
Sales of natural and organic products reached more than $83 billion in 2012
Exercise and avoidance of diets linked with body satisfaction in older women. According to a survey of 1,700 women over the age of 50, 12 percent said they are satisfied with their body.
Edited by Jason Theodosakis, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., and Sheila Buff. Jason Theodosakis is an assistant clinical professor and the director of the Preventative Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. This revised edition of his 1997 book, The Arthritis Cure, has been updated to include new research, and still promises to provide relief for people who suffer chronic arthritis pain. Outlining a nine-point program that includes a new supplement, ASU, this book describes a program that is said to halt, reverse, and possibly even cure degenerative osteoarthritis. Dr. Theodosakis's program includes ratings of the current supplements on the market, a new exercise program, and dietary changes that may help treat arthritis.
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