Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RD, LDN, FAND

Janet is a nationally recognized nutrition-, health- and fitness expert. She is the director of nutrition for Fitness Together, the world’s largest organization of personal trainers. She is the author of three bestselling books, “Prevent a Second Heart Attack,” “Cholesterol DOWN” and “Blood Pressure DOWN.” 

Matters of the Heart
Heart disease is not just a man’s demise. One in thirty women die of breast cancer, but one in three die from cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks or stroke. Women need to take control of their cardiovascular health and learn the risk factors.
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The Myriad Health Benefits of Carrots
With their vibrant color, crunchy texture, and enormous nutritional value, carrots are a true super food that is not only good for eyesight but can offer a plethora of additional health benefits, ranging from smooth, beautiful skin to heart disease and cancer prevention.
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Health Benefits of Almonds
Almonds are a popular variety among edible nuts and are recommended by nutrition experts for a number of reasons. The almonds you can find in the grocery store are the kernels of the small almond fruit, which grows on trees that can reach up to 30 feet in height. They are heart healthy and can be used in a variety of dishes.
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Does Fructose Make You Fat?
For a study conducted by Yale University School of Medicine, twenty healthy adults were given either a fructose or a glucose drink. MRI scans of the participants’ brains were then analyzed for blood flow and brain activity that regulate appetite. The findings showed that ingestion of glucose, but not fructose, reduced appetite-enhancing blood flow and brain activity, and led to higher levels of hormones that produce feelings of fullness and satiety. In other words, only glucose was able to turn off those areas in the brain that drive the desire for food. Fructose, on the other hand, appears to increase food-seeking behavior and cause you to eat more.
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Go Red for Women!
February is “Heart Health Month,” meaning this month is ablaze with the color red. The purpose of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” movement is to call attention to the fact that heart disease is the number one killer of women and men. Here is how to take care of your heart by tapping into the heart-healthy power of “eating red.”
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The Heart Benefits of Red Wine
Have you ever noticed how people in France routinely partake of artery-clogging cream sauces, butter and other fatty, cholesterol-laden foods like foie gras – yet have only half the rate of heart disease that Americans do? The key to this mystery, which researchers dubbed the “French paradox” in the early 1990′s, is thought to be the liberal amounts of red wine French people drink together with their high fat meals.
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Fishing for a Longer Life – What Eating More Fish Can Do for You
It’s called the “Eskimo factor.” As early as 1944, scientists began to document that Greenland Eskimos had virtually no heart disease. This phenomenon occurred despite the fact that the Eskimos ate a diet low in fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. But what they did subsist on was a diet loaded with oily seafood such as whale and seal meat, providing them with a huge daily dose of fish oil (about 15 grams), which is rich in the superbly heart-healthy marine omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
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Popcorn – A Whole Grain and Fiber Gold Mine
Who knew? Corn, the tiny kernel that most of the world calls maize (after the Spanish word maiz), is a bona fide whole grain – and yes, even the popped version counts. People who routinely snack on popcorn ingest a whopping 250 percent more whole grains and 22 percent more fiber compared to those who don’t eat this dieter’s delight. Popcorn contains more fiber per ounce than even whole wheat bread and brown rice. Eating whole grains, like popcorn, is key to heart health.
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Red Yeast Rice – Not Your Best Bet for a Natural Statin Alternative
Red yeast rice, or red yeast, is a substance produced naturally during the fermentation of the yeast Monascus purpureus by certain fungi that grow on rice. The medicinal use of red yeast rice dates back to 800 A.D., during the Tang Dynasty in China, when red yeast rice was ingested primarily as a remedy for digestive ills. Present-day use of red yeast rice continues in Asia as both a culinary staple and for its healing properties. The deep red hue of the rice is used to color a variety of foods, such as Peking duck, pickled tofu and Japanese sake.
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Cholesterol Down: You Can Do It!
Cardiovascular disease, primarily heart attack and stroke, is the number one killer of American men and women and continues to occur in epidemic proportions, dwarfing all other causes of death, including all types of cancer and diabetes. There are easy ways to take charge of your heart health. Simply adding 9 foods to your diet and a short walk to your day can significantly and quickly lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol level and decrease your risk of developing heart disease.
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“The Dukan Diet” – French for Atkins
Have you heard about the new diet craze that has taken Europe by storm? It’s called the “Dukan Diet” and it is currently on fire because, supposedly, Kate Middleton has been on it to shape up for the wedding (like she needs it). If you lose weight, you are now officially labeled as a “Dukanniste.” The diet is the brainchild of Dr. Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor and neurologist by trade. So what’s with this diet that claims to be a life-long weight loss cure?
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