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Unsaturated Fat Best for Heart

Unsaturated Fat Best for Heart

Solid science backs advice to replace saturated fat with polyunsaturated.

May 2017 - Hoping past news headlines hinting it's OK to load up on butter were right? No such luck. Longstanding advice to eat unsaturated fat in place of saturated fat - also found in high amounts in foods such as fatty meats and mixed dishes like pizza - was recently reinforced by the findings of a large observational study published in The BMJ (British Medical Journal).

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Enjoy Hunger-Busting Beans and Peas

Enjoy Hunger-Busting Beans and Peas

Legumes can be a nutritious and satisfying stand-in for meat in meals.

If you feel a meal isn't complete without meat, try substituting legumes (beans and peas). New research from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark found legumes satisfied hunger just as well as a meat-based meal.

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Nourishing Your Microbiota

Nourishing Your Microbiota

Eating a diverse, plant-rich diet helps fuel the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Microbes - bacteria and other tiny critters not visible to the naked eye but numbering in the trillions - are busy in your body. Many of these microbes benefit you. Others have the potential to cause harm. This community of microbes is called the microbiota. Their genes are called the microbiome.

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6 Strategies for Better Blood Sugar After Meals

6 Strategies for Better Blood Sugar After Meals

If you have type 2 diabetes, monitor the blood sugar impact of what you eat, and make tweaks to improve readings.

Controlling type 2 diabetes requires spot-checking blood sugar, including after you eat. "The highest blood sugars of the day tend to be after meals," says Richard Siegel, MD, an endocrinologist and co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center.

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Beat Your Heart Disease Genes

Beat Your Heart Disease Genes

A healthy lifestyle may profoundly offset genetic risk for heart disease.

Think you're destined to get cardiovascular disease since it runs in your family? Take heart. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study suggests a healthy lifestyle may cut risk of heart disease events by about half. Events included heart attack, heart bypass surgery (restoring blood flow to heart muscle) and heart-related death. The drastic reduction was regardless of inherited risk.

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On Restaurant Menus: Calories

On Restaurant Menus: Calories

At last, you'll find calories on menus so you can make informed choices.

By May 5, 2017, restaurants with at least 20 locations must list calories on print menus and menu boards. Calories should appear next to the name or price of regularly-offered foods and drinks - and in a matching type size.

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Is Your B12 Status at Risk?

Is Your B12 Status at Risk?

Genetics and excess folate may increase your odds of vitamin B12 deficiency.

You may be consuming plenty of vitamin B12. But, is it getting where it needs to go in your body? New research suggests that, even after absorption (which is sometimes poor), genetic variations held by some people may reduce the vitamin's transport from the intestines to the body's tissues where it does its work.

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