Category: Healthy Eating

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Dried Fruit

The phrase “more than meets the eye” was never more true than when it comes to dried fruit. The shriveled up, shelf-stable versions of your favorite fruits can be both a blessing and a curse depending on how you look at them. Dried fruit, after all, is still fruit and comes with nearly all the […]

Symptoms and Management of Fructose Malabsorption

Stomach problems are a pretty common occurrence for most of us. Maybe you ate too much on Thanksgiving, or maybe you ate something that didn’t agree with you, or maybe you have a more complicated condition like irritable bowel syndrome. The truth is that an upset stomach can be a symptom of many different maladies, […]

The Benefits of a High-Protein Diet

For so many Americans, being “on a diet” is the only way they know to lose body weight. Even if paired with a rigorous exercise plan, weight loss diets are the go-to solution they hope will bring them freedom from overweight or obesity. Over the last several decades, a stunning variety of diet plans have […]

Does Sugar Really Make You Fat?

Prior to the last few decades, Americans were blissfully unaware of the impact of added sugar on their health. It wasn’t until the 1970s that nutritionists (and creators of low-carb diets like Dr. Robert Atkins) began to alert the public to the potential dangers of high sugar consumption, but it didn’t permeate the public’s consciousness […]

Clear Liquid Diet and Other Fad Diets

As obesity and overweight continue to be among the greatest health challenges faced in the United States today, the appetite for fad diets has grown steadily. In fact, the weight loss industry has been valued at over $70 billion annually, and experts expect it to continue growing (the downturn this year is almost exclusively explained […]

How to Choose Heart-Healthy Snacks

For many Americans, snacking is an activity that transcends tiding oneself over until the next meal. We snack while at work, while watching TV, at parties, during the holidays, and endless other occasions. Moreover, the variety of snack foods we indulge on is just as diverse: chips, cookies, crackers, pretzels, candy ... the list of […]

Coconut Oil as a Health Food: Solid Science or Just Nuts?

In the pantheon of sanctified, near-magical healthy food, coconut oil has claimed a hallowed spot in recent years. With supposed benefits for everything from cholesterol levels to Alzheimer’s disease prevention, and even pulling duty as a natural moisturizer for hair and skin, it would seem coconut oil is an unparalleled nectar of life.  Keen observers, […]

Refined and Complex Carbs: How to Make the Right Choice

Over the last several years, there has been what seems like a crusade against carbs. You could be forgiven for thinking that carbohydrates, an essential, and nearly unavoidable part of most diets, were out to kill us.  Not all carbs are created equal, though. The truth about simple carbs is, as is so often the […]

Erythritol, Stevia: The New Natural Sweeteners

Let’s say you are standing in the soda aisle at your local grocery store. Everywhere you look, there are “sugar-free” options for nearly every one of your favorite drinks. Some of them even claim to have zero calories from sweeteners. If you are counting calories, but still crave a carbonated beverage, this may seem like […]

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