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Can You Train Your Brain to Crave Healthier Food?

Can You Train Your Brain to Crave Healthier Food?

Tufts study uses brain scans to see changes in what tempts dieters.

January 2015 - A small pilot study at Tufts’ Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) raises the intriguing possibility that following a new behavioral weight-loss program for six months can in turn reprogram your brain’s food cravings. The first-of-its-kind study used MRI scans of the brain’s addiction center to see changes in the response to healthy and unhealthy food. The scans showed that it is possible to train the brain to reverse cravings and temptation for unhealthy food, replacing former cravings with temptation for healthy food.

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Add These Lesser-Known Legumes to Your Healthy Pantry

Add These Lesser-Known Legumes to Your Healthy Pantry

Discover the year-round nutrition of black-eyed peas and garbanzo beans.

New Year’s brings a brief boost in popularity for black-eyed peas, the key ingredient in the traditional Southern celebratory dish of Hoppin’ John. But if you’re looking for a nutritional bargain, black-eyed peas (aka cowpeas) should be a year-round staple in your pantry.

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Eating Tree Nuts Helps Fight Diabetes

Eating Tree Nuts Helps Fight Diabetes

Two new studies show benefits for patients plus those at risk.

A new clinical trial and a review of the evidence both suggest eating tree nuts may help fight diabetes. Tree nuts include walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, macadamias and pistachios.

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Safe Upper Levels for Vitamins and Minerals: What You Need to Know

Safe Upper Levels for Vitamins and Minerals: What You Need to Know

When are you getting too much of a good thing?

If a little is good, most Americans are accustomed to thinking, more must be better and a lot must be better still. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, however, it is possible to get too much of a good thing—especially if some of your nutrients are coming from pills instead of food.

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Whole Grains Improve Lipids in Statin

Whole Grains Improve Lipids in Statin

Study shows importance of a healthy diet even if you're taking cholesterol drugs.

If you’re over age 40, the odds are nearly one in four that you’re taking statin medications to improve your cholesterol levels. And if doctors and patients follow prevention guidelines released earlier this year, almost half the over-40 population would be taking the prescription drugs, including almost all men ages 60 to 75.

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Get Fit Now to Keep Your Brain Sharp Later

Get Fit Now to Keep Your Brain Sharp Later

Early fitness linked to cognitive health with agingbut its not too late.

A new study reports that the more physically fit you are when you’re younger, the more likely you are to keep your brain sharp as you get older. But there’s also good news for those who slacked off in their youth: Even starting to get more fit now might still improve your cognitive health.

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