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Potatoes, a Classic and Colorful Kitchen Staple

Potatoes have long been unjustly handed a bad reputation due to their high carbohydrate content. They’re actually an extremely healthy food, packed with many important nutrients. And it’s hard to get bored with them because there are so many types and varieties, all unique in their own way.

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Posting Calorie Values on Menus Shows Long-Term Success

The idea that providing more information about food served in restaurants, such as calorie and fat content, would reduce the risk of weight problems has widely been greeted with skepticism and outright rejection. Now a new study presented at the Second Annual Obesity Journal Symposium in Boston showed that calorie labeling on menus can indeed influence the choices people make once they become aware of the differences.

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Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

I usually try to look at both sides of any debate, I really do, especially when it comes to my field of expertise as a dietitian. With regards to the Paleo diet, I recognize that it’s not the worst way to eat. Yet, I still have trouble with the approach and can’t get behind a regimen that excludes so many healthy foods, including dairy, beans, and grains – some of my favorite dishes.

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Superfoods and Everyday Heroes

I’d like to retire the word “superfood.” I don’t think a select few fruits and vegetables are the end-all and be-all of healthy eating. This is not to say that items like kale or blueberries aren’t especially healthful. But choosing a variety of whole plant foods as part of a balanced diet is much more important.

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Seafood: Safety Versus Health Benefits

Concerns about mercury and other pollutants prevent some consumers from eating fish. Yet, scientific evidence consistently suggests that the advantages of seafood surpass the risks. Fish is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, and provides many important health benefits. In fact, it is likely you are not getting enough fish in your diet.

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Healthy Aging: You Are as Old as You Perceive Yourself

The way we think of ourselves as we grow older determines at least to some extent how well or how poorly we fare. If we perceive aging purely as a loss of vigor and vitality, nature will probably help us along on that path. If we see it as a chance to continue with life’s journey, albeit perhaps in different ways, we may reap unexpected rewards.

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