From the December 2017 Issue

Ring in the Holidays with Red Produce

In the dark days of winter, there is nothing like red to warm our hearts…and protect them, too. Here’s an in depth look at some of the season’s reddest, healthiest choices.


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Collagen Peptide Supplements; Food Dye Safety

Are there any benefits to taking collagen peptide supplements? Are artificial food dyes dangerous?

Is Pasta Healthy?

Think of Italy and you probably think of pasta. But it’s not just Italians who are passionate about this comfort food. Pasta has been crowned the world’s most popular dish, even more so than pizza. That would explain the almost 20 pounds of pasta we put on our plates each year.

Ride the Whole Grain Train

When it comes to your dietary choices, it’s a good idea to be a purist and ride the whole-grain train. In recent years, whole grains of all stripes have been gaining recognition for their nutritional clout and ability to serve as a springboard for a wide range of satisfying meals.

The Best in the Spaghetti Sauce Aisle

Spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, baked ziti…all classic comfort foods. But these days our hectic schedules don’t often allow us the time to simmer a big pot of spaghetti sauce on the stove to top that pasta.

Eat Less Sugar to Quickly Boost Health

Cutting down on sugar can significantly improve the health of children and adults very quickly, researchers say. Studies suggest that diets high in simple sugars, specifically fructose, increase the rate at which sugar is converted to fat and liver fat.

Death by Diet

If you question the power of diet, then pay attention to a recent study published in The Lancet: Poor diet is linked to one in five deaths around the world. The Global Burden of Disease study, the most comprehensive worldwide epidemiological study to date, analyzes data from 195 countries. Researchers found that globally heart disease increased by 19 percent in the past ten years, diabetes increased by 31 percent since 2006, and obesity levels are rising.

Understanding Organic Pesticides

A top reason people choose organic foods is to avoid pesticides, but contrary to what most people believe, “organic” does not necessarily mean “pesticide-free.” Just as both organic and conventional farms come in all sizes—from family farms to large “factory” farms—organic and conventional farms can use pesticides to protect crops from pests, weeds, and disease. What’s different is the origin of the pesticides.

The Best Diet for Managing Your Diabetes

Most older Americans have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. In fact, even though many have not been diagnosed, one in four adults aged 65 or older have diabetes and nearly 50% have prediabetes. And what they eat matters.

Nuts for Peanuts

The peanut is more than just a tradition at baseball games, pubs, and in a good, old-fashioned PB & J sandwich—it’s an expectation. This all-American champ dates back to 2500 BCE in South America, where it was an important staple.

Research Roundup: December 2017

Eating almonds every day increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and improves its function in the body, according to researchers. In two separate six-week diet periods, which involved 48 men and women with elevated LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, diets were the same except one group snacked on a handful (43 grams) of almonds, while the other snacked on a banana muffin.

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If you question the power of diet, then pay attention to a recent study published in The Lancet: Poor diet is linked to one in five deaths around the world. The Global Burden of Disease study, the most comprehensive worldwide epidemiological study to date, analyzes data from 195 countries. Researchers found that globally heart disease increased by 19 percent in the past ten years, diabetes increased by 31 percent since 2006, and obesity levels are rising.

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