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Food and Health
If you could eat foods that were tasty, nutritious and helped reduce your risk of disease, what more could you want? The August issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers its 10 top picks for healthy foods:
Apples: Apples are a good source of pectin, a fiber that can lower cholesterol and glucose levels. They're also a good source of vitamin C - an antioxidant that protects your body's cells. Vitamin C also keeps your blood vessels healthy and aids in the absorption of iron and folate.
The identification of these proteins could lead to ways to manipulate the perception of taste in order to fool the mouth that something sour, such as some children's medicines or health foods, tastes sweet.
For the past 15 to 20 years, the standard treatment for heartburn has been to cut out the aforementioned culinary joys.
Individuals have a strong tendency to eat only a single unit of food, regardless of the unit's size or caloric value.
Chocolate lovers, beware. Each year 20 percent of the cacao beans that are used to make chocolate are lost to plant diseases.
There's a hidden cost to those larger portions, even beyond the health consequences of gaining weight.
Skipping lunch can actually make it harder to lose weight because the body naturally wants to compensate for being starved by over eating later in the day.
Eat a variety of healthful, nutritious foods and find a proper balance between diet and exercise.
Current food and beverage marketing practices puts children's long-term health at risk.
Increased fried food consumption leads to increase in Body Mass Index of 9 to 14 year olds; puts children at risk for chronic disease.
Backed by compelling science that links seafood consumption to reduced risk of disease, the U.S. government this week is recommending that all Americans, especially pregnant and nursing women and children, eat two seafood meals per week that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This recommendation is included in USDA's 2005 dietary guidelines and is being reiterated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.