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How Different Types of Fiber Affect Your Health

The average American diet is severely lacking in fiber. This is not a good thing, as regular intake of fiber has been shown to promote weight loss and reduce the risk of numerous diet-linked chronic diseases including colorectal and pancreatic…

The Unique Nutritional Benefits of Eating Green Bananas

Bananas are by far among the world’s most popular fruit. But, most people only eat bananas when they ripen from green to yellow since they tend to become softer and considerably sweeter in taste. This is unfortunate as bananas have a unique…

Micronutrients: The Nutritional Building Blocks for Good Health

I always emphasize that a nutritionally balanced diet is of the utmost importance for weight management, disease prevention, and overall good health. When most people think of such a diet, the first foodstuffs that generally come to mind are…

Good Fats Versus Bad Fats: What You Need to Know About Dietary Fat

Fat-free foods are a hot commodity in the weight loss market. Since fat-rich foods tend to be calorie-dense, people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a weight loss often snub them. This is not a good idea! Truth is, dietary fat is actually…

The Surprising Health and Nutritional Benefits of Shrimp

Many people completely avoid eating shrimp due to their relatively high levels of cholesterol. Although this is perplexing to me it’s completely understandable, as cholesterol is among the most touted boogeyman in the medical community. But,…

Eating to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

"Can I lower my cholesterol if I eat better?" I hear this question time and time again. And, my answer is always the same, "If you exercise regularly and move more, maintaining good eating habits will put you on a sure path to a healthy…

Macronutrients: Three Key Essentials of Healthy Eating

If you’re one who regularly seeks out the latest and greatest in health, fitness and nutrition information, you’ve likely heard the term "macros" tossed around. But, what does it actually mean? The answer is pretty simple. Macros is basically…

Vitamin D: Why You Need it and How to Get It

When it comes to bone health, calcium is typically the first word that comes to mind. But, with so much emphasis placed on this vital mineral, there’s often very little discussion of vitamin D, which is by far the most important nutrient for…

Seven Easy Ways to Increase Your Calcium Intake without Drinking Milk

It’s no secret that regular consumption of dietary calcium is critical for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Adequate calcium intake is also important for overall good health as this vital mineral plays a key role in muscle…
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Why I’ve Swapped Out Greek Yogurt for Icelandic Skyr

As a long-time health professional and lifestyle blogger, I attend a ton of events and trade shows in order to stay in the loop with the latest and greatest health-promoting products on the market. Months back I was invited to a special event…

Supplements Are No Substitute for Good Nutrition

Every once in a while I visit some of the main chain health food stores in order to stay in the loop with the latest dietary supplements available on the market. One thing’s for certain, supplements are a multi-billion dollar global industry…

Mercury in Seafood: What to Eat and What Not to Eat

Those of you who either know or follow me are probably aware that I’m an absolute seafood fanatic. This is with good reason too, as seafood is an excellent low-calorie source of high-quality protein, health-promoting fats (omega-3 fatty acids),…

Five Simple Ways to Build a Healthier Pizza

Although pizza has its origins in Italy, it is indeed a staple food in many countries around the world. While you won’t necessarily find it on a list of healthy foods, believe it or not, this popular dish isn’t at all completely devoid of…

Adopting the Mediterranean Diet for a Healthier You

Those of you who either know or follow me are fully aware that I’m a diehard advocate for the Mediterranean style of eating and I’m not at all alone. In fact, the Mediterranean diet itself has become increasingly popular among scientists,…

Red Meat: Nutritional Friend or Foe?

I recently had a thought-provoking conversation with a colleague of mine who was born and bred in Greece. It all started when I mentioned how the "Mediterranean Diet" seemed to be the next hot topic in the research arena after which he facetiously…

How to Make Candied Sweet Potatoes in a Healthy Way

A few years back one of my clients asked if it were possible to cook candied sweet potatoes in a "healthy" way? I chuckled a little at first, as the words "candied" and "healthy" generally contradict each other. But, after having heard her…

Seven Food Labeling Tactics That Are Making People Sick

For well over 20 years the eyes and ears of dieters, health enthusiasts and the general public have been continuously bombarded with confusing and oftentimes misleading packaging and labeling information courtesy of the food and beverage industry.…

Six Healthy Eating Habits that Promote Natural Hair Growth

Want to know why your hair isn’t growing? Are you experiencing excessive shedding, breakage or other forms of hair loss and don’t know why? While there are numerous inevitable factors associated with hair loss among women and men alike (genetics,…

Dietary Sugar: The Good, The Bad and The Unnecessary

Sugar is by far the most widely used additive in foods and beverages across the nation. If you’re like many people, you may be taking in way more sugar than you realize. In fact, the average American consumes about three pounds of sugar in…

Fueling Your Run: What to Eat Before a Race

Most marathons are held during the early morning hours when temperatures are mild. Although not always necessary, eating breakfast prior to a race can be quite beneficial, especially if your run covers a distance of 5 miles (8K) or more.…