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How to Get Maximum Health Benefits from Tomatoes

How to Get Maximum Health Benefits from Tomatoes

Lycopene and other nutrients promise boosts to heart health and cancer protection.

July 2014 - Tomatoes are so ubiquitous in the American diet, from the fresh tomatoes just now coming into prime season to countless processed products, that it’s hard to believe they were once commonly avoided as poisonous. It’s true that tomatoes, like potatoes and peppers, belong to the nightshade family, and their leaves contain alkaloids that can indeed be toxic to pets. Europeans who saw the plants from the New World thought tomatoes resembled belladonna—“deadly nightshade”—and gave the fruit the forbidding name “wolf peach.”

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Whole-Wheat Pasta With Spinach-Walnut Pesto & Zucchini Ribbons

Whole-Wheat Pasta With Spinach-Walnut Pesto & Zucchini Ribbons

Nothing beats pesto for a simple and satisfying pasta sauce. Classic pesto is made with basil and pine nuts, but it is a very flexible recipe. You can substitute other herbs and even tender leafy greens, such as spinach and arugula, for basil. Various different types of nuts also work well; walnuts are an easy way to boost omega 3’s and antioxidants. The trick to creating a generous-looking portion of pasta without piling on the calories is to stretch the pasta with pasta-like strands of zucchini. 1 oz whole-wheat spaghetti has 100 calories, while 1 oz zucchini has just 5 calories!

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Green Tea May Enhance Working Memory

Green Tea May Enhance Working Memory

A small clinical trial suggests that green tea could improve the connectivity between parts of the brain involved in tasks of “working memory.” You might think of working memory as the brain’s sticky notes, where bits of information are temporarily held for manipulation before forgetting or transferring to long-term memory.

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Does New Study Mean “Butter Is Back”?

Does New Study Mean “Butter Is Back”?

Experts caution that controversial findings arent a license to ramp up your consumption of saturated fat.

Somewhere, Julia Child is smiling. A new review published in Annals of Internal Medicine has given ammunition to those, like the famous French chef, fond of cooking with butter and other sources of saturated fat. The meta-analysis looked at 27 prior clinical trials and 49 observational studies, totaling more than 600,000 participants. It concluded that “current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”

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Summer Time Bubble Tea

Summer Time Bubble Tea

Ah summer…time to relax on the porch with a cool beverage. But after reading the Special Report in this newsletter, you are certainly aware that sodas and prepared ice tea drinks are loaded with sugar and calories. To help you to kick the soda and sugar habit, here are some refreshing low-calorie drink recipes. They have all been designed to taste good with very little or no added sweetener. Cheers!

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How Much Water Do You Really Need?

How Much Water Do You Really Need?

If these thirsty, sweaty summer days have you worrying whether you’re getting eight glasses of water a day—as conventional wisdom says you should—you need to take a closer look at the facts versus the fictions about hydration. \n

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New Evidence Links Fruits and Vegetables to Longevity

New Evidence Links Fruits and Vegetables to Longevity

Eating even more than five a day might be better.

If you’ve been trying to follow the advice to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, two new studies might inspire you to try harder—and to aim for even more daily produce. Both studies found even greater benefits from consuming more than five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.\n

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