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  1. -Inexpensive Superfoods (Xfinity.comcast.net)
      "Superfoods are those vegetables, fruits, legumes, meats, herbs and dairy products that pack significant nutritional punch through high phytonutrient content and other health-protecting properties." 03-14

  2. -Pandora's Lunch Box (PBS.org)
      "Human eating habits have changed more in the past century than in the previous 10,000 years. In the U.S., Americans are consuming double the fat, 3.5 times more sodium, 60 percent more sugar and infinitely more corn and soybeans than in the year 1909." 04-13

  3. -Study: Diets Don't Work (CBS News)
      "A new study published in the April issue of the journal "American Psychologist" finds that for most people, dieting just doesn't work."

      "Why should we believe the findings of this survey? Won't another study come out in a few months that debunks this one?"

      Samantha Heller, a nutritionist with Health magazine: " 'Probably not. If 'dieting' worked then obesity would not be at epidemic levels in this country and now around the world.' " 04-07

  4. -The 20 Worst Foods for Kids (MSNBC News)
      "Seventy percent of overweight adolescents end up overweight or obese in adulthood. And since obesity increases your odds of heart attack, stroke, and early death, consider the impact of an entire generation of overweight children on our country's health care system — and families. It's a chilling thought, especially if one of those children is your own. That's why we've created this list, to help your family make smarter choices today for a healthier tomorrow." 10-09

  5. -The Synergy of Foods May Be the Key (U.S. News)
      "But what if it's not a single chemical or food that traditionally protected the Japanese, says Gardner, but how all components of their diet interact? 'Maybe it's not just the tofu but the tofu in the stir fry with the sesame oil,' he says. 'The frustrating thing in nutrition is that for the last couple of decades, so many studies have failed because we've isolated one nutrient at a time, when probably the benefit comes from the synergistic and additive effects of the whole diet taken together.' " 08-10

  6. Another Atkins Diet Study (ABC News)
      "Several recent studies suggest that overweight people might have more success with weight loss when they follow a diet lower in carbohydrates (and higher in fat and protein) than by following the standard guidelines for a lower fat, higher carbohydrate diet."

      "These findings have surprised and concerned many nutritional experts. Critics have correctly pointed out that these studies didn't involve enough people and were too short in duration to draw strong conclusions or to change standard recommendations."

      "Most experts agree that, more important than specific diet composition, are the following recommendations — not only for weight control, but for overall health:" 03-07

  7. Best Sources of Protein (Huffington Post)
      "First of all, every source of protein -- from chicken to peanuts -- contains a different array of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Of the 20 various amino acids, nine are 'essential,' meaning you can only get them from food. So it’s especially important you get enough of those guys."

      "Animal-based sources (meat, eggs, dairy) pack them all in one amount or another, but most plant-based sources only contain a fraction of the nine essential amino acids, meaning that if you get all your plant-based protein from peas, you could end up not getting enough of certain amino acids, explains study co-author Rajavel Elango, a nutrition and metabolism researcher with the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health. When getting protein from plant-based sources, it’s important to munch on various protein-rich plants at every meal to help guarantee you get all of the amino acids you need by day’s end."

      "Eggs rate the highest in terms of their “biological value,” the proportion of protein that, when eaten, helps form proteins and tissues in your body. Plus, they're rich in choline as well as vitamins B-12 and D, all of which are critical to keeping your energy levels up and cells humming along as they should." 08-15

  8. Beta Glucan in Oat Bran: A Bread for a Healthier Colon (RealAge.com)
      "In a new study, eating four slices of oat-bran bread every day for 8 weeks was associated with higher colon levels of special gut-protective compounds."

      "These compounds -- called carboxylic acids -- help defend against diseases such as ulcerative colitis and colon cancer. The compounds form when people eat foods that have indigestible bits, like insoluble fiber. And oat bran happens to be rich in fabulous beta-glucan fiber. In the recent study, the participants ate oat-bran bread enriched with extra beta glucan, so it may be worth your while to check labels and find the highest-fiber brand of oat-bran bread that you can." 07-10

  9. Beta Glucans (WebMD.com)
      "Beta glucans are used for high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Beta glucans are also used to boost the immune system in people whose body defenses have been weakened by conditions such chronic fatigue syndrome, or physical and emotional stress; or by treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. Beta glucans are also used for colds (common cold), flu (influenza), H1N1 (swine) flu, allergies, hepatitis, Lyme disease, asthma, ear infections, aging, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis."

      "People apply beta glucans to the skin for dermatitis, eczema, wrinkles, bedsores, wounds, burns, diabetic ulcers, and radiation burns." 07-10

  10. Blueberries Recipes (North American Blueberry Council)
      Provides recipes, as well as information on growing blueberries and schedules for going to pick blueberries (U-pick).

  11. Eating After 8 P.M. (PgEveryday.com)
      "We have all heard the warning of never eating after 8 p.m. or you’ll gain weight. But this may not actually be the case — your metabolism doesn’t actually shut down at night. (Your metabolism doesn’t even know how to tell time.) So really, the key to weight loss mostly just comes down to the basics of calories-in versus calories-out." 07-13

  12. Eating His Way to a Six-Pack (CNN News)
      "Every day, Jason Dinant chows down 16 hard-boiled egg whites, one and a quarter pound of meat and four cups of vegetables, sprinkled with an occasional carbohydrate." 02-09

  13. Editorial: Modern Wheat a Poison (CBS News)
      "Modern wheat is a 'perfect, chronic poison,' according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book all about the world's most popular grain."

      "Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn't the wheat your grandma had: 'It's an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s,' he said on 'CBS This Morning.' This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten. I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year." 09-12

  14. Fiber in the Diet (U.S. News)
      "So what's the bottom line? The recommendations for daily fiber intake call for about 25 grams for women and 38 for men, and research shows we are getting only about 15 grams. But because the health benefits of different types of fiber vary—and in many cases are not clear or consistent—the best advice is to eat an array of plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Worry less about targeting specific types of fiber and 'get [it] from as many different foods as you can,' advises Slavin." 05-09

  15. Foods Surprisingly High in Added Sugar (U.S. News)
      "Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common in the American diet, says the American Heart Association. The group argues that sugar bingeing is helping drive the uptick in metabolic changes in the American population, including the exploding obesity rate, and has now recommended an upper limit on daily consumption." 10-09

  16. Foods for Runners (Time.com)
      "What you should eat before and after a training run — or any intense day at the gym — to help you energize, refuel and perform at your best." 09-12

  17. Foods that Last a Long Time (ABC News)
      "Scientists have done it again and invented a new kind of pizza that never ages." 02-14

  18. Healthy Breakfasts for Children (U.S. News)
      "A bowl of cereal can be less healthful than a doughnut, according to a new ranking of kids' breakfast cereals published by Consumer Reports. Eleven cereals ranked by the venerable group had more sugar than a glazed Dunkin' Donut." 10-08

  19. Healthy Snacks (U.S. News)
      "What many people consider a 'snack'-an energy bar, part of a bag of chips, or side order at a fast-food restaurant—can actually have 400 or more calories, making it more like a meal. A true snack, says Melanie Douglass, a registered dietitian and personal trainer based in Salt Lake City, is about 150 to 200 calories." 06-09

  20. Oil and Water Diet (ABC News)
      "Seth Roberts says he lost 35 pounds in three months by drinking tablespoons of oil and glasses of sugar water in-between meals to quell the urge to continue to eat."

      "Roberts calls it the Shangri-La Diet, and suggests it works by suppressing a basic 'caveman' instinct from days when access to food was intermittent. The diet tricks the body from thinking it needs to eat every last bit of food before an impending famine." 11-05

  21. One Day of an Olympian's Diet (U.S. News)
      "Speedskater Maria Lamb will contest the 500-meter distance in Vancouver (she also raced in Turin in 2006). Her team's nutritionist, Nanna Meyer, shared a typical food diary, and her nutritional analysis, with us." 01-10

  22. Perricone Prescription - A Review (QuackWatch.org)
      Provides a sceptical view. 12-05

  23. Perricone: Prescription for Aging Beautifully (Oprah.com)
      "Inflammation is at the basis of age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto immune disease, and wrinkled, sagging skin. The wrong foods—such as sugar, processed foods, pasta, breads, pastry and baked goods—can increase levels of the pro-inflammatory peptides."

      "Sugar is the number one enemy. It causes inflammation that destroys our bodies and attaches to collagen, which results in stiff, inflexible, sagging skin. Controlling our blood sugar level and insulin levels will improve our health and give us beautiful, youthful skin."

      "The anti-inflammatory diet consists of high quality protein, like that found in fish, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and adequate amounts of good fat, like that found in salmon, flax, nuts, seeds and olive oil." 12-05

  24. Study: School Lunches Inadequate (MSNBC News)
      "School lunches need more fruits, veggies and whole grains and a limit on calories, says a report urging an update of the nation's 14-year-old standards for cafeteria fare." 10-09

  25. The Gluten-Free Lifestyle (ABC News)
      "In her new book, "The G-Free Diet: A Gluten Survival Guide," Hasselbeck tells her personal story and tells you how you can start living a gluten-free life."

      "I learned about gluten the hard way. I wrote this book so you don't have to. Most people with celiac disease, like me, have a story to tell. My hope is that in reading mine, and the pages that follow, you will be able to begin your journey to a better body and a better self—without all the heartache (and bellyache!) that I endured for far too long." 05-09

  26. Time's 31 Healthiest Foods (Healthland.Time.com)
      "The food guide to end all food guides: here are the healthy foods you should be eating now." 05-13

  27. Tips on Losing Pounds (U.S. News)
      "A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine emphasizes that principle; the mix of carbohydrates, fat, and protein in the four diets to which people were assigned didn't make a difference in whether they lost weight. One hopes this means an end to the interminable battles over whether the Atkins diet trumps a low-fat diet, for example, or whether either of those trumps the Zone diet. As the authors said about this and previous research:"

      "These findings together point to behavioral factors rather than macronutrient metabolism as the main influences on weight loss . . . any type of diet, when taught for the purpose of weight loss with enthusiasm and persistence, can be effective."

      "The bad news: Those pesky "behavioral factors," i.e., our penchant for eating too much and exercising too little, seem to win out over the enthusiastic and persistent teaching." 05-09

  28. Typical Meals from Around the World (Huffington Post)
      "In " 'What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets,' Menzel and D'aluisio document a stunning array of individuals' daily sustenance. The subjects of 'What I Eat' run the gamut from a coal miner and a call center operator to a sumo wrestler."

      "The book is arranged by the number of calories each individual consumes." 03-14

  29. Ways to Cut Salt Out of Your Diet (U.S. News)
      "While the Food and Drug Administration mulls over whether to set limits on salt content in processed foods—after being strongly urged to do so yesterday by such groups as the American Medical Association and the Center for Science in the Public Interest—you may be wondering how to reduce your own sodium intake to the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams for most healthy people." 10-09

  30. Ways to Slash Fat Without Realizing It (MSNBC News)
      "Dieting doesn't have to mean giving up pizza forever, or eating boring, tasteless foods. You can enjoy your favorite foods with all their flavors and still slim down if you employ these strategies." 04-11

   
   


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