Diet & Fitness

Diet and fitness are essential to healthy living. Learn about the pros and cons of all the latest diet trends and exercise programs. Get food swap advice and learn new exercise programs.

Impossible Burger and other Faux Meat Health Concerns

impossible burger
Veggie burgers have been around for a while, and while many brands offer an acceptable alternative to traditional beef burgers, most people would agree that “meaty” and “juicy” are two words that would never be used to describe them. Until now… If you’ve stepped foot into certain burger chains across the country, you’ve likely noticed […]

Exercise Improves Cardiovascular Health, Lung Capacity, and Muscle Tone

seniors running with the heart health of 40 year olds
How heart-healthy exercise makes you younger You may remember when joggers were considered a little, well, weird. Why run anywhere just to run back to the beginning, sweaty, breathless, and heart pounding? That dismissive attitude was held decades ago, but many joggers ignored it and kept moving. Researchers recently got to wondering how the health […]

What are Essential Nutrients? How do you know if you’re getting enough?

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In America, we have an abundant food supply. And a lot of people take full advantage—which has led to an obesity rate of 35%. Yet despite being well fed—even overfed—most Americans are undernourished and don’t get nearly the amount of essential nutrients they need to stay healthy and prevent disease. Even if you’re eating a truly healthy diet, chances are you’re not getting enough of these essential nutrients…and here’s why.

Are fruit and veggie chips healthy to eat

Veggie chips on a cutting board
Table of Contents The chip-making process and its dangers Sugar: the anti-nutrient in dehydrated fruits Recommended Snacks Are juices healthy? Reference The grocery store snack aisle has gotten a major makeover in the past decade. Sure, you have your standards – potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips. But some unseemly snacks are taking up an increasing […]

Restaurants and takeout fuel overeating epidemic

Restaurant pizza. Large size leads to overeating
Too many Americans are too big these days. Let’s not mince words—they’re fat, and getting fatter. This is not a momentary thing. It’s been trending for decades. The average American man? Today, just under 5’10” tall and 196 pounds—up 15 pounds from 20 years ago. The average American woman? Just under 5’4″ and 169 pounds, […]

Vegetarian Diet: What are the risks and benefits?

It wasn’t so long ago that vegetarians were considered kooks—old hippies and treehuggers. No longer. Millions of Americans now call themselves vegetarians or vegans. And it wasn’t so long ago that a vegetarian diet was considered nutritionally insufficient. That’s no longer true either. A fully nutritious vegetarian diet does require some planning to ensure you’re […]

Are Frozen Vegetables as Healthy as Fresh?

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Fresh organic produce is some of the healthiest food you can eat – if not the healthiest. But millions of people don’t have year-round access to it. Some have no access at all. Canned and frozen vegetables are sometimes the only options. And it’s no secret that canned foods are loaded with added sugar, sodium […]

Five Signs You Need to Eat More Vegetables

Vegetables laid out in a feast
Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a study that looked at the dietary habits of American adults. Shockingly (or perhaps not), the results showed that just one in 10 adults meet the federal recommendation for daily consumption of vegetables. The current guidelines state that adults should eat […]

Blog Post: Four Steps to Preventing Foodborne Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 48 million (one in six) Americans acquire a foodborne illness every year. If you’ve ever been one of them, you know it’s sheer misery…nausea, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, and dehydration that can last up to 48 hours. Most people recover fine at home, but nearly […]

Fun Food for Dysphagia: How to cook for people with difficulty swallowing

dysphagia appropriate fruit caviar
Among some of today’s most challenging diseases are those that make it difficult or impossible to chew or swallow food. It’s a complicating condition called dysphagia that usually requires that all foods are consumed as liquids or purees. And…as you can imagine, taste and presentation are typically an after-thought at best. Thankfully, health-focused foodies are […]
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