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Diet

  • SOS for PCOS: Diet

    by Paula Gallagher | July 18, 2017

    vegetables-for-PCOSMany women experience problems with their periods. But for many women, the problems can be caused by an increasingly common condition called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Last week we looked at possible causes and symptoms of PCOS.

    PCOS is characterized by poor insulin function, with elevated insulin secretion reinforcing the cycle of hormone imbalance and anovulation (prolonged menstrual periods). Women who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of insulin resistance and prediabetes, but even thin women with PCOS have been shown to suffer from reactive hypoglycemia, where initial insulin oversecretion leads to rebound low blood sugar levels. Read more

  • How to Make Your Grilling Healthier

    by Margo Gladding | July 3, 2017

    bbqAs you get ready to fire up your grill for the July 4th holiday, I want to share with you some tips to make your grilling healthier, as well as more flavorful. For most people, barbecuing is one of the true joys of summertime, but it is unfortunately associated with some real health risks. Research has identified carcinogenic by-products associated with grilled foods, particularly red meat, poultry, lamb, pork and fish.

    The two carcinogens to be aware of are heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Read more

  • 8 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

    by Paula Gallagher | June 27, 2017

    green-teapotGreen tea has many health benefits, including being high in antioxidants. And in a new study out of Sweden, participants noticed increased satiety and fullness after they drank 300ml (just over a cup) of green tea with breakfast. They also reported having a less strong desire to eat their favorite food and finding it less pleasant to eat another mouthful of the same food. Hmm, I wonder if this works for chocolate?

    Here are some other great reasons to drink green tea.*

    1. Green tea is a superb fat fighter. Read more

  • Double Your Weight Loss With a Plant-Based Diet

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | June 21, 2017

    plant-based-dietThere’s one question that nearly everyone wants answered: which diet will really help me maintain a healthy weight? New research presented this week from the Physicians Committee’s Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, at the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions finds a plant-based vegetarian diet is the answer.

    Dr. Kahleova’s research shows that a vegetarian diet centered around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes is twice as effective at boosting weight loss, compared to a traditional diabetes diet. For the study, she split 74 adults into two groups Read more

  • Quiz: What Three Foods Should You Eat for a Healthy Heart?

    by Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD | April 4, 2017

    veg-mealA diet rich in dark leafy green vegetables, berries, and beans earns high marks from cardiologists. It’s hard to miss the rankings for best film, best album, and the best college basketball teams if you live, breathe, or sleep in America. One set of rankings that may not be on your radar, but should be, are the best foods for a healthy heart.

    A dozen of the nation’s top cardiologists teamed up to review the science behind today’s most popular food trends, from gluten-free diets to juice detoxes and coconut oil. The results? Tried-and-true leafy greens, berries, and plant proteins earn these doctors’ votes for foods to favor, while the other foods fall to the bottom of the heart-healthful list. Read more

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