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A recent trial found that getting moving can improve liver health in people with obesity, even without weight loss. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition in which excess fat accumulates in the liver, often in response to diets high in starch and sugar. NAFLD is the most common form of liver disease […]
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Exercise may improve liver health, even without weight loss.

Exercise is Good for Your Liver

A recent trial found that getting moving can improve liver health in people with obesity, even without weight loss. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition in which excess fat accumulates in the liver, often in response to diets high in starch and sugar. NAFLD is the most common form of liver disease […]
Replacing some calories from carbohydrates (particularly refined carbs) with calories from foods rich in unsaturated fats is a health-promoting choice.

Replacing Some Carbs with Healthy Fats Is Good for Blood Cholesterol Levels

A recent analysis added to our understanding of the relationship between type of dietary fat and blood cholesterol levels. Dietary changes that raise blood levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol and lower “bad” (non-HDL) cholesterol can decrease risk for cardiovascular disease. (Non-HDL cholesterol is a combination of LDL and other lipids.) The study, which combined information […]
Vitamin D

Vitamin D Levels Not Associated with COVID-19 Infection

While earlier studies had suggested low blood levels of vitamin D might increase the severity of COVID-19 infection, a recent observational study found that low levels of vitamin D were not associated with getting the virus in the first place. The study tested over 18,000 individuals ages 37 to 56 for anti-bodies indicating past infection […]
Simple tricks can help your veggies explode with flavor.

Flavor!

If you equate healthy dietary choices to eating like a rabbit or you’re simply tired of the same old veggies, take heart! Open that spice drawer, stock up on tasty (and nutritious) toppings, and get ready for easy, delicious dishes.       Science Says. There’s no question that vegetables are a health-promoting choice. “Dietary […]
CHIMICHURRI

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients: 1 cup parsley (or ½ cup parsley and ½ cup cilantro) 2 Tbsp fresh oregano (or 2 tsp dried) ¼ cup red wine or cider vinegar 3 cloves garlic Pinch red pepper flakes (optional) 1/3 cup olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Steps: Pulse parsley, oregano, vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes several […]
pickled vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Ingredients: ½ cup water ½ cup white vinegar Salt to taste (½ to 1 tsp) Sugar to taste (0 to 1 tsp) ½ lb raw vegetables* (about 1½ cups), cut into bite-sized pieces, matchsticks, florets, or rings Optional flavor add-ins: 1 or 2 sprigs fresh herbs or ½ to 1 tsp dried herbs (dill, thyme, […]
Plant Based

“Plant-Based” Diets Done Right

Plant-based diets (patterns that maximize plant-derived foods and minimize animal-derived foods) are a good choice for your health. They are consistently associated with lower risk of various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And plant-based foods are generally better for the environment. But not all plant-based choices are equally healthful. Highly processed […]
Lentils

Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale

Ingredients Tomatoes: 2 tsp olive oil ½ lb tomatoes, cherry or grape; halved Pinch of salt Lentils: 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp shallot or onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 2 cups green or brown lentils, cooked OR 1 (15 oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp salt […]
The gut wall controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. A loosening of this barrier could potentially have negative health effects.

Food Choices May Increase Inflammatory Gut Microbes

The bacteria that live in our gut have a critical role in helping or hurting our health. A new study found intake of some foods was consistently associated with the presence of “bad” bacteria, and others with “good” bacteria. The researchers examined bacteria in the stool of over 1,400 individuals in the Netherlands and compared […]
Vitamin D

Insufficient Evidence for Universal Vitamin D Screening

A new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) report has concluded there is not currently enough evidence to officially recommend screening vitamin D levels of healthy individuals. Over the last two decades, observational research has found that people with even moderately low vitamin D levels have higher risk for a range of diseases. This finding […]