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10 foods nutritionists never eat

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Curious about which foods the experts refuse to put in their bodies? Nutritionists may not necessarily always agree on what constitutes a healthy diet — in part because differences in our genetic makeup influence how people respond to and process different foods — they do tend to agree on certain foods that they simply won’t touch. Here are 10 foods that nutritionists avoid at all costs. 1. Artificial sweeteners Sugar-free is always better for you, …

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Healthy game day snacks

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Traditional game day foods tend to be greasy, fattening, and high in calories. Pizza, fried chicken, and nachos are common game day foods that sit heavy in your stomach and can lead to weight gain if you and your family members are prone to mindless munching while watching TV during the football season. But game day doesn’t necessarily have to offer negative health consequences — in fact, you can turn most of your favorite meals …

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10 diet changes to make if you’re over 40

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If you’re around the age of 40, you may have started to notice that keeping off excess weight is more difficult for you than it’s ever been before. That’s because women in their 40s generally start to experience a decline in estrogen and metabolism as part of the natural aging process. Without regular exercise and good nutrition, these factors can increase the risk of weight gain, along with heart disease, osteoporosis, and cognitive problems. If …

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Eat fat, lose fat: 6 ways to add healthy fats to your diet

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It may sound like a contradiction, but certain dietary fats are healthy. In fact, healthy fats are necessary for many functions throughout the body. For many years, all foods high in fat were thought to be the driving factor behind weight gain and obesity. It’s true that foods high in trans fats like donuts, French fries, and cookies can lead to weight gain, since these unhealthy fats increase LDL “bad” cholesterol, and suppress levels of …

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7 proven health benefits of chocolate

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Chocolate is commonly enjoyed as a comfort food, and has been used by cultures all around the world for thousands of years in meals and desserts and as a natural remedy. For many years, chocolate was thought to be partly responsible for health problems such as weight gain, type two diabetes, and obesity. But scientific evidence shows that chocolate — particularly dark chocolate — offers several health benefits that could make you feel less guilty …

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8 cancer-fighting foods

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Eating foods packed with cancer-fighting nutrients and antioxidants can reduce your risk of developing cancer, and can also complement conventional cancer treatments like radiation therapy. Inflammation is often the root cause of cancer, as inflammation can lead to the multiplying of abnormal cells that trigger the growth of cancerous tumors. The key to fighting cancer with food involves consuming high amounts of healthy, whole foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can effectively …

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7 foods that can make you bloated

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It’s not uncommon to mistake bloating for actual weight gain. Bloating can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and make you feel as if you’ve put on excess pounds around your middle when in fact, all you did was drink a diet soda or eat a small pastry just hours earlier. Though it’s common to experience bloating every once in awhile, there are tricks for manipulating your diet in a way that can help prevent or reduce bloating. …

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Fun ways to teach your kids about healthy foods

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We all want our children to live long, happy, fulfilling lives. Teaching your kids about the importance of good nutrition is one way to set them up with healthy habits as they get older. Eating a healthy diet helps lower their risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other serious problems commonly associated with poor nutrition. September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. In honor of this cause, take a look at the following …

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How to add superfoods to your diet

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Superfoods are packed with nutrients that aid in weight loss and offer countless health benefits. Everyone knows that superfoods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts are healthy, yet many people tend to lean toward foods they feel are more appetizing or convenient, such as fast food, frozen dinners, and other less healthy options. The key to adding superfoods to your diet is to know how to incorporate them into everyday meals so that you can adjust …

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Are artificial sweeteners safe?

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Americans have been using artificial sweeteners for decades in an effort to cut back on sugar and prevent weight gain. Aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose are just a few artificial sweeteners approved by the FDA as food additives. But in recent years, these sweeteners have been linked to several serious health complications including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Here’s a closer look at the potential dangers of artificial sweeteners, as well as healthier alternatives …