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Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet Works as Well as Ketogenic Diet for Diabetes Control  In a controlled trial comparing a well-formulated ketogenic diet with a low-carbohydrate Mediterranean-style dietary pattern for 12 weeks, both diets helped people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes control blood sugar levels and lose weight. Both diets were low in refined grains and […]
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Eight Essentials for 
Heart Health

For years we were told to “eat well and exercise” to keep our hearts healthy. While these two lifestyle factors are very important to maintaining health, they are not the only essential elements that contribute to keeping our hearts healthy. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released “Life’s Essential 8.” This “checklist for lifelong good […]
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Are Your Sleep Habits Affecting Your Weight?

About one in three adults in the United States report routinely not getting enough sleep. Sleep insufficiency is associated with increased risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, injuries, loss of productivity, and death. It also appears to be associated with increased risk for obesity, especially in children. Fortunately, sleep is a modifiable risk […]
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Food Processing and Your Health: Balancing Benefits and Risks

There is a growing body of research suggesting high intake of processed foods is associated with various health problems, especially when those foods are highly—or ultra—processed. Many public health guidelines, from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to World Health Organization recommendations, encourage limiting intake of processed foods. But what, exactly, are processed foods? (See “What […]
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Is That Popular Diet Plan a Healthy Choice?

The recommended dietary pattern includes a combination of vegetables, fruits, non-fat and reduced-fat dairy, whole grains, fish, poultry, lean meats, and plant oils. “Consuming a variety of foods across all the food groups is important to ensuring you get all the nutrients you need,” says Susan B. Roberts, PhD, senior scientist and director of the […]
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Grab-n-Go Lunch

Whether you’re off to work, school, or a day trip, packing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. While it can be tempting to turn to time-saving convenience foods, these often highly processed items may not be the best choice (see this month’s Special Supplement for more information). Pack in Nutrition. […]
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What’s Your ASCVD Risk?

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), commonly referred to as simply cardiovascular disease or heart disease, is a major cause of illness and death in the United States. Knowing your risk can help you and your healthcare provider determine the best ways to lower that risk and prevent ASCVD from occurring. What is ASCVD? ASCVD is characterized […]
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Easy, Flavorful, 
Exciting Veggies

The research is clear: eating more whole or minimally processed plants is better for our health. Knowing how to easily make foods like vegetables taste great can help you consume more of these health-promoting options in place of less healthful choices. Building Flavor. Most U.S. adults don’t meet the recommended intake of vegetables. When we […]
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Policy In Action: Nutrition Security

The majority of Americans do not meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and this puts them at elevated risk for numerous diet-related chronic diseases. Public policy has an important role to play in making sure everyone in the U.S. has access to nutritious, safe, affordable food to lower the risk of developing […]
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