Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Healthy Snacks
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If you have a sweet tooth, it can be hard to resist unhealthy snacks. But there are ways around it! Check out this video to learn more about healthy snacks for your sweet tooth.
Transcript: If you have a serious sweet tooth-don't fret! You can STILL have a sweet treat. You just want to choose...
If you have a serious sweet tooth-don't fret! You can STILL have a sweet treat. You just want to choose healthy snacks and alternatives to foods loaded with ADDED sugars. Step number one is to discover where added sugar and high fructose corn syrup are hiding. Sugars in packaged foods are filled with empty calories that can lead to weight gain and may increase your risk of diabetes. So ALWAYS take a look at the nutrition labels on foods in your kitchen and at the grocery store. To effectively reduce the amount of sweeteners in your diet, you want to say NO to added fructose, all syrups, malts, dextrose and glucose-not just TABLE sugar. The next step is to learn how to pick healthy snacks that satisfy your sweet tooth AND protect your health. For instance, when a milk chocolate candy bar seems to be calling your name, you're better off reaching for dark chocolate instead. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and lower in sugar. That will help your body maintain its insulin balance-an important factor in keeping weight down. Limit yourself to 1 ounce of dark chocolate and match it with fresh strawberries or blueberries-for extra good-for-you sweetness.On a hot summer day when the ice cream truck is playing its hypnotic music, make your own ALL-NATURAL chill thrill. Simply puree berries, melons, mangoes or citrus fruit and freeze in an ice mold. And eliminate sweetened teas-they can serve up to 200 calories and 22 grams of sugar in JUST ONE bottle. Instead go for plain tea flavored with natural mint, orange zest or lemon. With just a little imagination and determination, you can lose weight and keep your blood sugar on an even keel. Life will be a lot sweeter!More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-04 | Tags »
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The right food has the power to fight disease, perfect your skin, and even boost your metabolism. Take this quiz to find out if you\\\'re eating your way to better health--and then head to the kitchen.
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We all try to eat well, but actually doing it is another story. Find out if you are doing better or worse than most others in the effort to eat a well-balanced diet.
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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Men and women are different -- at least their bodies are. Watch this video to learn the nutrition needs for men.
Transcript: It doesn't take a scientific study to prove that men and women are different in a lot of ways But it...
It doesn't take a scientific study to prove that men and women are different in a lot of ways But it may require a little research to know exactly what those differences mean in terms of your dietary needs Gender specific formularies can confuse even the most health-conscious eaters, so we're going to make this as straightforward as possible. Men are generally larger and have more muscle mass than women, so their daily nutrition requirements are greater. It's really that simple. But you'll need a little more detail to find out if you're meeting or exceeding your daily needs, which brings us to the first rule of male nutrition -- Men need to eat more calories than women. The exact number that's best for you depends on your lean body mass and daily activities. In one day, men need about 14 calories for every pound of lean body mass. Lean body mass refers to the sum of the weight of your bones, muscles and organs. Basically, it's everything in your body that's not fat. The typical 180-pound man who has 17% body fat would have 150 pounds of lean muscle and need 2,100 calories per day at rest. On days that you exercise, you might add 300 to 500 calories, bringing the total up to about 2,500. Second, a man's protein needs may be greater than a woman's, especially if you're active and trying to build muscle mass. The generally accepted formula for how much protein men should eat every day is one gram per 2.2 pounds of body weight. So, that same 180-pound guy eating 2,1000 calories per day should get about 82 grams of protein in his diet each day--which isn't always easy. High-protein snacks such as cup cottage cheese and fruit, a can of tuna, one tablespoon of peanut butter or even beef jerky can help you meet your daily needs when you don't have time to cook. But if you're going to snack on beef jerky, try to stick to versions from the health food store, because convenience-store brands are often high in salt. Finally, men need to reintroduce themselves to calcium, and stop thinking of osteoporosis as a "woman's disease". Research shows that approximately 20 percent of osteoporosis-related fractures occur in men. But be careful not to take in too much calcium Studies have linked high levels of calcium in men to increased risk of prostate cancer. The recommend amount is 800 mg of calcium per day, which you can easily get from 3 servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy such as milk, yogurt, and cheese or from nondairy sources including: kale, broccoli, salmon, spinach or whole-wheat bread. For men trying to build muscle, there's even more motivation to pour yourself a glass of milk. Research shows that the combination whey and casein, 2 high-quality proteins in milk, helps your body build muscle. In fact, a 2006 study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that low-fat chocolate milk is as good as or better than Gatorade for replacing glucose in tired muscles after a workout, helping you recover faster. To learn more about nutrition and how choosing the right foods can improve your life, check out more videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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The saying 'you are what you eat' applies to your brain as well as your body. Do you know what foods it takes to keep your memory strong, attention focused and a smile on your face?
Last Modified: 2012-09-13 | Tags »
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Nutritional needs for women are different from those of men for several important reasons. Watch this video to find out which vitamins and minerals you should be consuming if you're female.
Transcript: Nutritionally speaking, men and women don't start out all that differently. But like many things, a woman's...
Nutritionally speaking, men and women don't start out all that differently. But like many things, a woman's dietary needs completely change when she hits puberty. Adult women generally need to eat fewer calories than men. Sound unfair? Blame it on body composition. Women tend to be smaller and have higher fat percentages than their muscular male counterparts. Since muscle takes more calories to maintain than fat, even when they sit around doing nothing, men are burning more calories. The average female needs 1600 to 2000 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight, but you may need a little more if you're highly active. By "highly active." I mean you take part in a vigorous level of activity for 60 minutes most days of the week. If you're working so hard that you can't say more than a few words at a time, that's a vigorous level of activity. The second rule of women's nutrition concerns their need for more than twice as much iron as men. The blood that women loose during menstruation each month often leads to iron deficiency. Studies show that women with low iron have to use more effort to do the same amount of physical work than women who are not iron deficient. So, they end up feeling exhausted and unable to perform at their best. For women under 50, the recommended daily amount of iron is 18 milligrams. Lean meat, low-mercury fish and skinless poultry are the most obvious sources of iron, but spinach, chard, beans, lentils and oatmeal are great alternatives for vegetarians. For the over-achievers out there, up the amount of iron your body absorbs by combining it with vitamin C. It's as simple as drinking a glass of OJ with your oatmeal in the morning or adding a side of broccoli to your dinner. Men and women can both benefit from the B-vitamin folate, or folic acid, which has been linked to better heart health and protection against colon cancer. The daily recommended intake of folic acid for men and women is 400 micrograms. But for women who are either pregnant or trying to get pregnant, the daily recommended value increases to about 600 micrograms of folic acid. This is because folate can greatly reduce the chances of neurological birth defects. A new animal study on folate suggests that high levels of the B-vitamin may prevent heart birth defects induced by alcohol exposure in early pregnancy, a condition known as fetal alcohol syndrome. The researchers have yet to replicate their results in humans, but even so, it's nearly impossible to overstate the need for women to get sufficient folate before and during pregnancy. A lot of breakfast cereals are fortified with 100 percent of your daily value, so you can easily hit your mark before noon. As with all supplements and medicines, there are potential side effects with improper use of folic acid. Recent studies suggest that an excess of folate may raise the risk of breast and colon cancers. But there's no risk in overdosing on the natural form of this vitamin, which is the kind you get from foods like leafy greens, beans and orange juice. Just avoid getting too much from fortified sources like cereal and supplements. To learn more about nutrition and how choosing the right foods can improve your life, check out more videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-07 | Tags »
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What is diabetes, really? Do you know what GERD stands for? Test your knowledge about troubling health problems that affect millions of Americans.
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The media talks about antioxidants all the time, but what are antioxidants, really? Watch this video to learn how they benefit your brain.
Transcript: According to the American Journal of Physiology, your brain represents just two-percent of your body...
According to the American Journal of Physiology, your brain represents just two-percent of your body weight, but demands 20-PERCENT of your resting metabolism! In other words, your mind's your body's biggest energy hog, and you have to feed it well if you want it to perform. The best foods for your thinker are known as antioxidants, which include: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A. To see how antioxidants work, understand that, like the rest of the body, the brain ages over time. Free radicals, unstable atoms or molecules that occur in the body, are partly to blame. When free radicals meet with oxygen, the result is rust-like oxidative damage to the brain. The good news is that antioxidants REDUCE that damage, keep the brain agile and help slow the aging process. Blueberries, one of the most powerful antioxidants, also reduces the effects of diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Prunes, raisins, blackberries, and pomegranates are ripe with good-for-you antioxidants, too. Meanwhile, spinach, Swiss chard, and arugula are vegetables with excellent antioxidant power. Plus, these leafy greens help the body produce happiness hormones, like serotonin and dopamine. When consuming both fruits and veggies, remember: the darker the color, the higher the antioxidant content! Two other brain-boosting sources of antioxidants are probably already a regular part of your diet. I'm talking about coffee and dark chocolate. Aside from slowing down free radical damage, these substances contain caffeine, which enhances short-term memory. Plus, dark chocolate stimulates endorphins, which help improve mood! Just consume in moderation: one ounce of dark chocolate each day is plenty, and you should stop at two to three cups of java or tea. To further boost your brainpower, consume a healthy portion of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a primary building block of healthy brain tissue. Find them in coldwater fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines, and aim for two to three four-ounce servings every week. A good brain diet is basically a healthy body diet. It's easy, natural and tasty, so go ahead and nourish your noggin!More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-01 | Tags »
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You wouldn’t expect to see chili peppers on this list, but they're actually really good for you. Check out this video to learn why chilli peppers are super foods.
Transcript: Turn up the heat on your health! Chili peppers are one of nature's most beneficial healers. You may not...
Turn up the heat on your health! Chili peppers are one of nature's most beneficial healers. You may not be familiar with capsaicin (kap-sey-uh-sin) but your mouth is: It's what makes chili peppers so spicy! And capsaicin can also: Reduce prostate cancer risk, Prevent joint pain and swelling, Relieve nasal allergy symptoms, And, perhaps most importantly to some, a dose of chili peppers may even help you lose weight!More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-08 | Tags »
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There are several helpful tips to healthy restaurant dining. Check out this video to learn more.
Transcript: Monitoring your weight doesn't mean that you can't enjoy an evening on the town! Keep watching for ten...
Monitoring your weight doesn't mean that you can't enjoy an evening on the town! Keep watching for ten easy tips that will ensure your dining experience is a healthy one. Most Americans eat out four to five times a week. If you're watching your weight, that doesn't mean you can't join them! A few simple tips make it easy to exercise restraint so you can dine at a restaurant without a side of guilt. Let's start with a simple tip. Before leaving home, ask yourself this question: Which will I enjoy most: an appetizer, a cocktail or dessert. A. After you make a selection, stick to your resolve. You shouldn't have to sacrifice your favorite part of dining out, B. but be smart - indulge in what you really want, and practice restraint elsewhere. These days, restaurant portions are bigger than ever. The average restaurant meal is usually 5 times the FDA recommended size for a full meal! When you are eating out, remember that portion size is important! How much food you eat is almost as important as what you eat. A great way to watch your intake is to set aside a reasonable amount of food before you start eating. You can ask for a separate plate or a to-go container to help you portion your food. Another means to control restaurant indulgence is to ask for toppings, dressings and sauces on the side. Doing this allows you to enjoy exotic flavors while still controlling how much you consume. Whenever you can, ask for extra vegetables to be added to your dish. Not only are veggies a healthy choice, they're also rich in fiber, so they leave you filling full fast! Avoid all-you-can eat deals and buffet restaurants. Studies have shown that most of us eat up to 25 percent more when the price is all-inclusive, simply because we want to get more bang for our buck. And watch your liquid calories! A restaurant-sized soda with one free refill will set you back 400 calories. And an 8-ounce margarita has five-hundred and forty calories! A better bet is to replace that soda with water and lemon. Instead of a highly caloric mixed drink, try a glass of wine instead, which has about 110 calories. When you're eating out, look for waist-friendly words on the menu. Steamed, baked, grilled, broiled or poached are all likely to be healthier options. An insider restaurant tip is to make friends with salsa. This low-calorie, tasty treat is a great topper for potatoes, chicken, fish, and even salads! Remember that restaurant-dining is about customer-service. Most chefs will be happy to cater to your dietary needs. Ask to speak to a chef, or explain to your waiter that you'd prefer a lighter preparation. Eating out doesn't have to mean missing out! By choosing wisely, you can find a meal to enjoy at any restaurant.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-08 | Tags »
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Are bananas fattening? This myth is very popular, but it's not true. Get the facts about bananas and their nutritional properties in this video.
Transcript: They're sweet, they're delicious, so they HAVE to be bad for us, right? Wrong. Bananas are ACTUALLY...
They're sweet, they're delicious, so they HAVE to be bad for us, right? Wrong. Bananas are ACTUALLY low in fat, in fact: the average banana has just a gram of fat and only 95 calories! And not just that, bananas are ALSO incredibly nutritious. You probably already know that they're high in potassium-which regulates blood pressure and can help ease PMS symptoms. But bananas are ALSO high in vitamin B6-essential for building nerves and immune cells, Vitamin C-which helps build immunity, and fiber-which helps control cholesterol and aids digestive health. The high fiber in a banana ALSO makes you feel full, making it an ideal diet-friendly snack. Another banana benefit? They come in their own convenient packaging, which makes them a handy snack! So great news for banana lovers all over the world-go ahead and enjoy this healthy low-fat fruit 'guilt free' as part of a well balanced diet!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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Do you have what you affectionately refer to as an alcoholic liver? Or does your body hate the effects of alcohol? Whether you suffer from alcoholism or only enjoy the occasional drink, this video will show you how drinking really effects your body.
Transcript: You savor the first sip-and the multiple sips after-but what does your body think of that alcohol fix?...
You savor the first sip-and the multiple sips after-but what does your body think of that alcohol fix? Your body reacts to alcohol as it would to a poison. In other words, it works as hard to get it out as you work to get it in! First, the liver changes alcohol into acetaldehyde, a highly toxic substance. This then turns into acetate, a harmless substance that is passed out of your body in your urine, and-more minutely-in your breath and sweat. This process is hard work, and it means that your liver can't focus on its other job, which is sending energizing glucose to other areas of your body. That's why you feel tired, weak, and disoriented following a booze binge. And take note: It takes the liver of a 150-pound person two hours to metabolize one beer! The bottom line is that alcohol does a number on your body. So drink smart!More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-17 | Tags »
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