Healthy Eating

Should You Jump on the Chia Seeds Bandwagon?

What exactly are chia seeds? They come from a plant in the mint family (Salvia hispanica L.) cultivated in Central and South America; the seeds were once a major food source for people in Mexico and Guatemala. In health-food stores and high-end supermarkets, youll find two varieties of chia seeds - creamy white and gray-black - which can be used interchangeably. Brown chia seeds are not fully mature.

Understanding Food and Medication Interactions

Grapefruit and other foods can be dangerous in combination with common drugs. Heres what you need to know.

European Study Finds No Extra Bladder-Cancer Risk for Meat Eaters

In a rare bit of good news for red-meat lovers, a study of nearly a half-million people from 10 European countries has found no link between eating red or processed meat and risk of bladder cancer

Secrets of Keeping Off the Weight You Lose

Despite the talk of yo-yo dieting, it is possible to lose weight and keep most of it off

Can You Get Jumbo Benefits from Eating Shrimp?

What you need to know about Americas favorite seafood.

Trans Fats Tied to Depression Risk

Could trans fats be making you blue-and not just because of their dangerous effects on your heart health? A new Spanish study of more than 12,000 men and women reports that those consuming the highest level of trans fats were 48% more likely to suffer from depression. People consuming the most healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats, on the other hand, saw a lower incidence of depression

Go Easy on Southern-Style Fare to Avoid Strokes

While eating the traditional fare of Mediterranean countries promotes heart health, consuming fried foods, sweet tea and other typical foods of the Southern United States has the opposite effect, sharply increasing the risk of stroke.

Green Tea Protects Brain Cells

A flurry of new studies is raising hope that green tea may someday be a potent weapon in the fight against Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia. Although the studies differ widely in technique, ranging from scan-ning peoples brains to forming Alzheimers plaques in a test tube, all focus on ways polyphenol compounds in green tea affect important areas of the brain.

Indulgence Tops Health When Eating Out

Picking healthy foods when eating out is a priority

Q: We always have a bounty of fresh fruit-more than we can eat before...

Answer :Healthletter recipe consultant Patsy Jamieson replies: To freeze fresh fruit without sugar, peel and pit, if necessary, or rinse and pat dry. Slice or cut fruit into bite-sized pieces. Spread on a tray, cover and freeze until solid. Transfer to a plastic food storage bag, remove air from bag, seal and label. Freeze for up to eight months. To prevent peaches, bananas and mangos from turning brown, coat with lemon juice or an anti-browning…