Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

Kids Now Need Cholesterol Screening

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently endorsed the new National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) recommendation to begin screening children for high cholesterol as early as age 9. While the importance of early detection of cardiovascular disease – the number one killer of Americans – cannot be understated, these recommendations do not come without … Read more

Potato Eaters Put on Pounds

Potato Eaters Put on Pounds

A recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that those who eat more potatoes weigh more than those who don’t. On average, an extra serving of potatoes per day when compared to the baseline study population’s intake equated to a 1.69 pound weight gain over four years. Potato chip eaters weighed … Read more

Is Gluten-Free Good for Me?

Is Gluten Free Good for Me?

Have you noticed the evolution of food labels? Today, we all have different kinds of labels to look out for, like organic, vegan, GMO-free, gluten-free, and more. Going gluten-free is one of the biggest health trends for the past decade, so consumers are asking, “What’s wrong with gluten, and do we need to switch to … Read more

Fruits & Veggies Fight Childhood Constipation

Fruits & Veggies Fight Childhood Constipation

One of the many benefits of a high fiber diet is that – when combined with adequate fluid intake – fiber helps prevent against constipation. This apparently applies to children as well as adults. In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, researchers in Hong Kong found that primary school children who … Read more

Does Consuming Prunes Help Constipation?

Prunes

Constipation is always troublesome. It could happen to anyone, even young individuals. Although it is more common in elderly people it puts a halt to one’s everyday routine. In severe cases, it could become chronic that in reality is quite painful. Constipation occurs due to a variety of reasons. It could simply be due to … Read more

Brown Rice Helps Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Brown Rice Helps Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A study published in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that substituting brown rice for white rice can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Harvard and Brigham & Women’s Hospital found that nurses enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Nurses Health Study I and II who had … Read more

Diabetics Cheat Death with Bran

Diabetics Cheat Death with Bran

A study published in the May 25, 2010 issue of Circulation finds that people with diabetes who eat more whole grains are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than are people with diabetes who have low whole grain intakes. The researchers from Harvard and other Boston-area research institutes studied almost 8,000 diabetic women already … Read more

Chia Seeds

A large scoop of chia seeds

Chia seeds are popping up in health stores and supermarkets in the past few years. It’s the trendy seed to add to your breakfast, especially in smoothies and cereals, make into pudding, and even bake into bread. It’s also a popular weight-loss aid that helps control hunger while enhancing the diet with super nutrients. Read … Read more

Fiber Diet: The New Way to Lose Weight

a lady measuring her waist

Fiber is known for many reasons, especially for its function in regulating gut movement. But the benefits of this food component do not stop here. For many decades, a fiber-rich diet has been used for several purposes. Some people use it for cardiac benefits, while others enjoy it for the filling properties. But there is … Read more

Shirataki Noodles, Glucomannan and Konjac Fiber Examined

Shirataki Noodles, Glucomannan and Konjac Fiber Examined

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article entitled “Noodling Your Way to Weight Loss” that looked at the potential health benefits of konjac fiber, a primary ingredient in Asian Shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles are very low calorie, almost carbohydrate-free gummy noodles composed mostly of water and glucomannan (another name for konjac fiber). These noodles … Read more