Every day I hear someone ask me, “How can I lose weight quickly?” The truth is, weight loss is a constant struggle with both men and women. According to the CDC, 37.9 perfect of adults age 20 years and over are obese and 70.7 perfect are overweight. To achieve permanent weight loss that sticks, it’s important to do it slow and in an intelligent manner. Many key factors include: paying attention to your biochemistry, your food preferences and of course genetics.
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When Clear Labs released its new extensive analysis of 258 hamburger meat samples from 22 retailers and 79 brands, 13.6 percent had some type of quality problem. Among those problems was a calorie count coverup.
Watch out water, coconut oil might have just overtaken you for the best way to lose weight. While the benefits of water are very widely known (and indeed of the best ways to start losing weight is to drink more water) coconut oil is more than just a new fad. It is one of the best ways to start losing weight right now, and adding it into your diet is crucial.
Many studies over several years have linked excess weight with an increase in a number of cancers, including colon cancer. Aside from not smoking, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important lifestyle changes you can make today to reduce your risk of cancer.
2015 Vegan statistics show that 6 percent of US population is vegan. This means about 19.3 million people are vegan according to 2014 US population data. What happens when these people go on the road and make interstate trips? This creates issues in some families who sometimes ask their family members to give up being a vegan just for the trip.
Some people are touting seaweed as a super food for 2016, but this treasure from the oceans reached that status before the turn of the new year. In fact, experts have uncovered lots of reasons to love seaweed, so here are some of them plus a few ways to enjoy this sea vegetable during 2016 and many years to come.
If you are thinking about making changes in 2016, then you may need to think about nutrient dense foods. It’s not about eating less, it’s about eating better, so look for nutrient dense foods this year.
Should you feel a little guilty selecting canned food items from your pantry that are past its “sell-by” date and giving them to your kid’s food drive at school? Here’s a recent reminder from ABC News about what “sell-by” and “best-used-by” labeling really means on food items.
The pomegranate is a challenging fruit with a tough rind, and it appears that fighting appearance harbors seeds with potential to battle multiple sclerosis. Researchers have found that pomegranate seed oil contains an extremely strong antioxidant that inhibited demyelination in a mouse model for MS.
Maybe you are trying to cut carbs to lose weight; maybe you just want to cut down on sugar. Either way, there will come a time when most people have cravings. So, if sugar is your kryptonite, you should consider taking L-glutamine.
Mangos while said to be the most eaten fruit on the planet may be one of the most underappreciated. Growing up in the southern U.S. mangos weren’t exactly part of our diet. I was in my 50’s before I came to appreciate this amazing fruit. Mangos belong to the drupe family meaning the fruit has a pit like peaches and apricots, as well as olives and dates. Mangos are a superfood that is high in fiber, vitamins, anti-oxidants, enzymes, and flavonoids. 
Papayas are a large sweet seeded fruit that grow in tropical climates but are usually available year round in most developed countries. Papayas are native to Central America and have been long revered by the Latin American Indians. On their journeys, Spanish and Portuguese explorers brought papayas to many other subtropical lands. Christopher Columbus called papaya, “the fruit of the angels”. Papaya was introduced to the United States in the 20th century, and they have been cultivated in Hawaii, the major U.S. producer since the 1920s. Today, the largest commercial producers of papayas include the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. 
People who want to reduce their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis may want to adjust their food choices. Two new studies show that your diet impacts risk of rheumatoid arthritis, and the changes you should make may not be so dramatic.
Two consumers have filed a class action lawsuit against General Mills because of the recent recall of gluten-free Cheerios. The company recalled 1.8 million boxes of the cereal because they contained gluten. Both regular Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios were affected by the recall. Now, two consumers are suing General Mills and claim the company is practicing false advertising.
Mushrooms may be the easiest plant in the world to grow because they take very little care. There are over 10,000 varieties of mushrooms in North America, but not all are edible. In fact the largest part of them can make you sick. However there are a few varieties that are not only gourmet but also have medicinal properties and can be grown in your home.
I grew up on table salt. You remember it, the old Morton salt in the navy cardboard container with a picture of a little girl in a yellow dress holding an umbrella. I even remember my mom ordering a Morton salt umbrella for me when I was a kid. But I digress.
Iodine deficiency remains one of the most important public health issues globally, and an estimated 2.2 billion people live in iodine-deficient areas.  Iodine is a mineral that is absolutely essential for every cell in the body to function, especially the thyroid. It is crucial for immune function, fetal development , neurocognitive function and prevents the formation of cancer cells.
Have you ever heard of ellagic acid or followed an ellagic acid weight loss diet plan? Probably not, unless you are a botanist, a chemist, or a health nut. Truth is most people just don’t care what’s in their food, even if they’re smarter than the average bear. They just want something healthy that tastes good. But knowing what foods contain ellagic acid and including them in our daily diet can be very beneficial to health.
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to put two and two together, and we all know when we’re not doing the right things to stay healthy. It’s not always easy but making small changes can make a big difference in health. If not you may eventually have one or more of the signs of metabolic syndrome and experience the associated complications including diabetes, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and an increased risk not only for stroke but cancer.
If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, then you may have been excited to notice another gluten-free item on the grocery store shelves. However, if that item was Herr's Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips, you will want to pay attention to the latest recall. Herr Foods Inc. is recalling specific lots of some of its Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips because they are mislabeled as gluten-free. These chips actually contain wheat and should not be consumed by people who are sensitive to wheat or allergic to it.
I majored in chemistry in college before I decided to get my nursing degrees. So, I think about everything I eat. I also read labels. In general, though I eat only fresh products and stay away from the inner aisles of the grocery store and processed meat products. So, for me, the recent news from the World Health Organization that processed meat and even red meat cause cancer is old news, about 30 years old to be exact.
For all of you who are looking for a natural, zero or low-calorie alternative to artificial sweeteners, monk fruit may be the answer. Is this relatively new addition to the sugar substitute market good for those with diabetes or who want to lose weight?
Several years ago, I was asked to speak to a group of medical school residents about nutrition. What I told them was this: “Whatever you do, don’t put your patients in the hospital and then starve them.”
For thousands of years, seaweed has been used in many cultures, especially those in coastal regions, not only as a food source, but for its health benefits. Many of these areas such as Japan are considered “blue zones” where people are known to live longer and with fewer health problems. In fact, Japan has the highest number of octogenarians, people who live to be over the age of 100, in the world. Other well known “blue zones” are Sardinia, Italy, Loma Linda, California, and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.(1)
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is true to its acronym. Unfortunately, the average American does not get enough vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. The popularity of empty-calorie fast food and imbalanced meals instead of home cooked and whole food has left the average American with several deficiencies in the diet.
Unless you have a nut or peanut allergy, new research findings suggest you may want to eat at least half a handful of nuts or peanuts every day. At least 10 grams of these foods, but not peanut butter, could reduce your risk of succumbing to several major causes of death.