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Americans eat some 20 pounds of pasta per person every year, but until recently it was almost all made from wheat with most of the nutritional value stripped away. Indeed, for people watching their carbohydrates- such as those with diabetes or at risk for it-a plate of pasta was a temptation to be avoided.

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Americans eat some 20 pounds of pasta per person every year, but until recently it was almost all made from wheat with most of the nutritional value stripped away. Indeed, for people watching their carbohydrates- such as those with diabetes or at risk for it-a plate of pasta was a temptation to be avoided.

Low-Dose Aspirin Might Combat Colon Cancer

T aking low-dose aspirin-often recom- mended to protect your heart-may also reduce your odds of colon cancer. A team of researchers whod previously shown a link between high-dose aspirin and lower colon-cancer risk looked at fve trials totaling 16,488 participants taking lower doses, since long-term high-dose aspirin usage can have adverse bleeding effects. Over nearly 20 years of followup, the new analysis found that people assigned to low- dose aspirin regimens for six years were at one-quarter lower risk of colon cancer and one-third less likely to die of the disease.

Living Right Linked to Much Lower AMD Danger

T he healthy habits that protect your heart and combat chronic disease also seem to be good for your eyes. New research on a subset of the Womens Health Initiative (WHI) reports that women who eat right, exercise and dont smoke were 71% less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among older Americans.

Learning to Love Lentils

Break out beyond beans with our complete guide to these little nutrition standouts. Lentils are the dried seeds of a type of legume. They have long been valued for the healthy vegetable protein they provide, as well as their fiber, folate, iron and potassium content. There are a number of different types of lentils, each with slightly different cooking characteristics, and myriad ways to use them

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Could poaching that chicken breast instead of broiling it help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes? Does how you prepare tonights pot roast really affect your arthritis symptoms or the dangerous complications of diabetes? And can opting for a homemade salad rather than a takeout burger and fries actually protect against the effects of aging?

11 Healthy Foods to Try in 2011 Resolve to expand your diet by discovering-or...

T he start of a new year marks the perfect opportunity to revisit familiar menu routines and jump- start healthy eating patterns. Adding a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains to your plate will not only boost overall nutrition in your diet, but also broaden your culinary horizons. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, emphasizes the importance of trying new foods in broadening diet variety: Dont get too caught up in trying to eat more of any one particular fruit or vegetable than another. Instead, work on expanding your palate by in- corporating some foods you dont rou- tinely eat. Were very fortunate today to have such a variety of affordable fruits and vegetables available year-round, so we should take advantage of that.

Give Your Pantry a Nutrition Makeover23 healthy ideas to have at the ready for...

G It might seem glamorous to pick up the fixings for each days meals at the market that same day, whip- ping up healthy gourmet meals from fresh ingredients like characters do in romantic comedies. But lets face it: In the real world, sometimes dinner comes out of a can or a box. The easi- est meals to make are those assembled from foods readily at hand-such as the contents of your kitchen pantry. But if your pantry is stocked with canned goods high in sodium and packaged foods packed with refined grains and added sugars, those meals you throw together could throw your healthy- eating plans for a loop.

Do You Need More Vitamin B12?

If youre 50 or older, Uncle Sam says yes. Heres why and how best to get it. When the latest federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released earlier this year with the recommendation that people age 50 and older should get extra vitamin B12 through fortified foods or supplements, one expert commented, Its not very difficult to anticipate the sudden spate of fortified with vitamin B12 as recommended in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines messaging that will populate the fronts of boxes and bags. Before the hype hits the grocery stores

The Cutting Edge of Nutrition and Cancer Yes, fruits and vegetables do help protect...

Cancer is constantly in the news, it seems-and no wonder, since its re-cently overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US. Youre bombarded with information, myths and hopeful guesses about what might protect you against cancer and what might raise your risk. Your lifestyle really can affect your risk-but whats fact and whats sheer speculation?

Whole Grains Battle Your Dangerous Belly Fat

Whole grains can help fght the belly fat thats linked to heart disease and diabetes, according to Tufts researchers, while refined grains like white bread and pasta can cancel out those benefits.