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7 proven health benefits of chocolate

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 30th, 2018

Growing evidence shows chocolate can be a healthy food. Chocolate is commonly enjoyed as a comfort food but more research proves it offers health benefits. That could make you feel less guilty for turning to this delightfully decadent food. Here are seven health benefits linked to consuming dark chocolate. 1. It offers important nutrients Dark chocolate with between 70 and 85 percent cocoa is packed with fiber, manganese, magnesium, iron, and several other minerals. However, …

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8 cancer-fighting foods

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 31st, 2018

There are cancer-fighting foods that can help you stay healthy. Eating foods packed with cancer-fighting nutrients and antioxidants can reduce your risk of developing cancer, and help 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 …

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7 foods that make you feel bloated

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 31st, 2018

It’s easy 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. Here …

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Fun ways to teach your kids about healthy foods

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 2nd, 2018

Teaching your kids about the importance of good nutrition sets them up with healthy habits as they get older. There are some fun ways to teach your kids about healthy foods. 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 fun ways to …

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How to add superfoods to your diet

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 2nd, 2018

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?

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC January 4th, 2019

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 …

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Are these popular diets safe, or just fads?

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 2nd, 2018

There are many popular diets, how do you know which diet is best for you? Your mom swears by Weight Watchers, your best friend is doing Atkins, and your boss pairs the Zone Diet with Crossfit. All three of these individuals are seeing great results, and urging you to try the same diets. But when you do, these diets either make you feel hungry all the time, or fail to provide the weight-loss results you’ve …

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12 foods that provide lasting energy

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 5th, 2018

Fatigue and low energy levels are commonly caused by stress, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition. The foods you eat play a major role in your energy levels, and can make you feel either fresh and vibrant, or tired and lethargic. Staying hydrated and eating healthy foods packed with nutrients are key to maintaining great mental clarity and lasting energy throughout the day. Need a boost in your daily energy levels? Here are 12 foods …

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Foods that can help keep your skin looking younger

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC November 6th, 2018

Did you know foods can help keep your skin looking younger? A diet high in sugar and other unhealthy ingredients can accelerate the aging process and cause skin problems including acne and rashes. But a diet high in vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients can keep your skin looking smooth, supple, and youthful today and for years to come. Here’s a look at foods to avoid, and foods to consume more of if your goal is …

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What are antioxidants and why do you need them?

In Nutrition by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

What are antioxidants, and why you need them to maintain good overall health? You may have noticed that many healthy foods and products boast “antioxidants” as their powerful, active ingredient. Antioxidants, which are substances commonly found in fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods, are vital for destroying free radicals that can alter healthy cells and increase the risk for illness and disease — including cancer. How antioxidants fight free radicals Free radicals are toxic compounds …