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Can super-sizing fruit help you shed weight?

I’m very skeptical of promises that sound too good to be true.



No field is as rife with these as the diet industry, where new dream diets are invented daily and claim to have found a magic trick allowing us to eat as much as we want yet lose weight.



But here’s one worth checking out: Can eating more fruit help you shed weight?



This diet is worth a second look because we have many other good reasons to increase our fruit consumption—fruit and vegetables… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on September 28, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Health experts favor taxing sugary drinks in new report

A recent New York Times article says the debate over a tax on sugary soft drinks is starting to fizz over.



The story quotes President Obama as saying taxing sugary drinks is an idea worth exploring, and that “every study that’s been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity.”



A… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on September 21, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

How can “cutting added sugar” drive better health?

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) new guidelines published in late August were a refreshing point of clarity contrasting with the vagueness typical of nutrition advice designed not to offend any major food lobby.



The new statement, published in Circulation, replaces AHA’s hazier 2006 one to “minimize the intake of beverages and foods with added sugars,” and provides detailed guidance by… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on September 14, 2009 at 6:11am — 1 Comment

Back to school -- five easy tips to improve your kids’ health this school year

I can’t believe the summer vacation is over and kids will be going back to school this week. This summer went by way too fast!



I was happy to get a letter from my daughter’s elementary school announcing new snack policies—the school will not be giving out any more snacks, will not give food as incentives, prizes or rewards, and birthday celebrations at school will become "food free." Parents are being encouraged to send healthy snacks from home, including fresh fruit, cut-up… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on September 7, 2009 at 6:39am — No Comments

Poor nutrition driving rise in kidney stones—in adults and kids

A recent study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, found that a high intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains and low intake of sodium, sweetened beverages, and red and processed meats was associated with reduced… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on August 31, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Natural Cancer Treatments and Cures

Cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010. The rate of cancer doubled from 1975 to 2000 and is projected to double again by 2020. It is a disease that affects far to many people and in many instances can be prevented. Here are a few great reads to help you learn more strategies to prevent cancer or to help in treating cancers naturally.



The… Continue

Added by TC on August 30, 2009 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Are “functional” foods healthy foods?

I was disturbed by a short exchange I had with my ten-year old-daughter today. I told her we would be cooking a cholesterol-free dinner tonight, because one of our guests is trying to lower her cholesterol without medication, to which my dear daughter replied, “She should eat Cheerios.”



Apparently General Mills’ health claims—prominently displayed on every box—have reached my daughter, and she accepts them as fact.



Skimming through the New York Times later in the day, I… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on August 24, 2009 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Watermelons: A Healthy Taste of Summer

One of the best things to enjoy on a warm summer day is a cold watermelon. What could be better? Sweet, crisp, refreshing, red and nutritiously healthy.



My husband sees it as a personal failure when we open a watermelon and find a pinkish disappointment that tastes like a cucumber. He feels there must be a fool-proof way to pick the perfect fruit.



Alas, there’s no secret method, but I can offer a few tips for choosing a good watermelon:



Tapping:… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on August 10, 2009 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

New evidence that simple healthy lifestyle choices can thwart chronic illness

With healthcare reform on many people’s minds, and awareness of the rising and overwhelming costs of chronic disease, I want to bring to your attention two recent articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), both of which study the effects of lifestyle factors on two all-too-common chronic illnesses in two different populations.



The first study by Forman et al… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on August 3, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Working out a lot lately!

Hello everyone!!!



I know it's been a while, but I am gonna make it up to you guys by introduce a super brand of ice-cream - "Graeter's " It is SO delicious!You have to try their blackberry with chocolate chip, yummmy!

I am so glad I am not lactose intolerance anymore, I can eat as much as ice-cream as I want and it's all thanks to "Lactagen"! Also, I am allow to have as much as milkshake I want after hitting the gym, and I don't think I need to tell you how great it… Continue

Added by John Lawrence on July 31, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

From garden to healthy table—zucchini, potato and fresh herbs gratin

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an amateur organic gardener with many good intentions and a very modest yield.



I give my little vegetable patch lots of love, but the veggies are very slow to grow, and although some of my friends have been boasting home-grown produce for weeks, I harvested my first few cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini just this week.



I love watching the plant in all its stages, and I’m especially fascinated to see how a fruit evolves from the flower. In the… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on July 27, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Barley Benefits – Increase Barley Intake to Promote Heart Health

Barley contains the same soluble fiber and beta-glucan as oats. Individuals who regularly consume barley have lower LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and total cholesterol.



A review of studies found the beta glucan in barley linked to decreased total cholesterol of 13 mg/dl, decreased LDL cholesterol of 10 mg/dl, and a reduced triglyceride level of 12 mg/dl. The review found no… Continue

Added by Lisa Nelson on July 23, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Incredible Edible Egg

Well if you didn't already know how great the simple egg is for your health then you should find out. Where do brown eggs come from? Do the chickens have white or red earlobes? What eggs are the most healthy for you and why? Exactly what nutrients are in those wonderful eggs that make them so great for you. Find Out Here: Read… Continue

Added by TC on July 21, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

My Favourite Healthy Eating Lifestyles



Vegetarian or 'plant-based' diets can be a very healthy eating style. By not eating meat, you automatically consume less cholesterol and saturated fat. All the other rules still apply, however, of practicing variety, balance and moderation.



Start your day with breakfast.

Breakfast fills your "empty tank" to get you going after a long night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare breakfasts include… Continue

Added by Sara Micale on July 20, 2009 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Can Pac-Man help kids make healthier choices?

One-third of American kids are overweight or obese. Obesity rates among kids have tripled in the past thirty years. Many experts blame not only the food environment we live in—comprised of endless opportunities to eat foods of minimal nutritional value—but also the massive bombardment of advertising our kids are exposed to, baiting them to consume these foods.



According to the Federal Trade… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on July 20, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

What Is So Great About SuperFoods & SuperGreens?

The top five reasons you should add Superfoods especially SuperGreens to your diet?



1. You Will Prevent Illness and Disease

2. You Will Feel and Look Younger

3. You Can Lose… Continue

Added by TC on July 13, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Go see Food, Inc. and improve your food and health



The New York Times called it “one of the scariest movies of the year.”



I wouldn’t know, since I generally avoid horror films, but while Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. is indeed deeply disturbing and isn’t the light entertainment typically screened in the heat of summer, it’s an important movie to watch, and it does offer a hopeful note and an action plan. I bet you’ll be moved by this movie, and understand more than ever that there’s plenty we can do to affect… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on July 13, 2009 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Enjoy healthy whole grains in my Wheat Berry Salad

I often write about the importance of eating whole grains, but since actions can speak louder than words, try making this healthy summer recipe with the most whole and least processed a wheat grain as could be—wheat berries.



A wheat berry is the entire… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on July 6, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Small bites for better health

My grandma used to say, “Eat slowly, with small bites, so that you digest your food.” She was partly right.



Unfortunately for us, we humans are quite efficient at digesting our food regardless of how quickly we eat it. Whether we chew well or not, our bodies will still extract nutrients from the food further down our intestinal tract. Had hasty eating been detrimental to digestion, we’d be a very thin nation.



But Grandma was oh so right about the other part: Eat slowly,… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on June 29, 2009 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Healthy summer frozen treats and the dreaded brain freeze

My dear kids bought me an ice cream maker for Mother's Day—they know my favorite gifts are connected to the kitchen and food. To their delight, I’ve been experimenting with frozen healthy treats for the past few weeks, and they get to sit on the sunny steps outside our kitchen where they taste, comment and compare. These recipes call for an ice cream maker. Not every kitchen has or needs one—I give instructions for making these fruit treats without one—but if you have the space in your kitchen… Continue

Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on June 15, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

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