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According to the CDC, the majority of Americans don’t diet and exercise properly: Only about 1 in 7 (or about 14%) keep fit and eat properly. The best way to stay fit does not involve spending millions, but on developing good habits. Sure, you can join a nice gym and buy expensive foods, but there are quick, cheap, and easy ways to get healthier now: Here are a...

If you believe some commentators, garlic was the saviour of the ancient world. It is one of those plants, if you weren’t already aware, whose medicinal properties are legendary. Clearly it has established itself as a mainstay in some of the most internationally appreciated cuisine, whether it is the basis of an Indian Tandoori curry, Italian Pasta, Spanish Paella, a...

Fruits and vegetables eaten each day can help you to live longer.  Research studies have determined that adding at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables significantly reduces your risk of disease.  There seems to be a limit on the effects of these food groups, however.  Five servings a day of each food group seems to be the baseline for positive effect. ...

~Veggies provide minerals, vitamins, and phytochemcials, which fight diseases.  Typically, you should eat five serving of fresh vegetables each day.  Certain veggies have specific health benefits.  Potatoes, corn, peas, and squash are starchy, so they provide more calories than veggies that have a lot of water. Artichoke Hearts In the center of an artichoke, there...

Over the last decade, the CDC has increased their efforts to get Americans to eat more fruits and veggies—especially America’s youth. A recent report shows that whole fruit consumption is up and juice drinking is down, but nobody is showing any interest in eating any more veggies than before. In a survey conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination among...

Eating healthy is the way your body is nourished with all the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy lifestyle. Food contains antioxidants that play a role in your health in either a good or a bad way. Antioxidants are found in all foods and can be Vitamins like A, C or E, plant chemicals and in minerals like selenium. Their main role is to protect your body’s...

SALT: FRIEND OR FOE? What is salt?  It is sodium chloride.  We need salt in our bodies.  We need it for nerve and muscle function.  We need it to regulate the proper amounts of fluid in our bodies.  It is a necessary evil.  We need it.  However, we do not need an over abundance of it. There are several types of salt and we use the various types for different reasons. ...

~According to recent studies, popcorn has numerous health benefits because it has antioxidants, whole grains, and fiber.  However, the snack must be eaten carefully.  If you smother the snack in sugar and salt, the overall health benefits decrease. Whole Grains The U.S Department of Agriculture released guidelines several years ago.  The guidelines requires that manufacturers...

About 17% percent of Americans struggle to put enough food on the table, and much of the food they are able to purchase is not very healthy… So, here are a few tips to help stretch that dollar with foods and meals that are cheap and pack better nutrition: 5 foods that are cheap and nutritious: 1.  Breakfast:  Oatmeal A serving of oatmeal costs pennies, and...

We all know that vegetables are an essential part of keeping us healthy, but try to explain that to a four year old who is convinced that the broccoli on his plate is a punishment. The veggie wars usually start from the time parents begin to introduce foods into the diets of their little ones until much later when those same children realize the benefits of eating these...

A gluten free diet is selected by those consumers who have an intolerance to this baking ingredient.  Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye grains.  It is a group of proteins and not a single component of a food group.  Gluten in your baking goods makes them light and crispy.  Baking without its gluten component will cause your baking goods to be flat and heavy. ...

It no secret that olive oil provides several health benefits to those who consume it on a regular basis with their meals. Those who consumer it with a Mediterranean diet reap even more health benefits.  However, not many people know what exactly in olive oil provides such benefits to the body, but most particularly to the heart. What exactly in olive oil makes it nourishing...

~There are new cooking guidelines for pork products.  According to the USDA, the internal temperature of pork must be at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.  The new temperature is 15 degrees lower than the old recommended temperature. The Dangers Of Eating Undercooked Pork If pork you undercook your pork, you will develop food prison from trichinosis.  Trichinosis occurs...

Some food purists may never come to terms with the concept of a healthy hot dog, let alone  preparing a healthy sausage. But experts have another opinion on the subject. They believe that the secret to preparing a hot dog that is safe and healthy for a person to eat lies almost entirely in the in the way America’s favorite food is prepared. The Secret of Hot Dog Success So...

What Is Trans Fat? There are good trans fats and bad trans fats?  What in the world does that mean? “Good” Trans Fat are fats that are natural.  These fats have their derivative from cattle, sheep and goats.  The milk fat from these animals provide the body with natural, healthy trans fat.  The body then converts these good agents into muscle and fat loss. ...

Why you should never shop when you are hungry It is an established fact that if you go grocery shopping when hungry, you are going to buy more ready to eat food items. What is worse is that your shopping cart will be laden with more high calorie foods than if you were to shop when reasonably full.  Research now shows the validity of this premise according to a report...