Nutrition News from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:42:02 -0700 Nutrition News from Creators Syndicate 6e015d1d455b7aaa49143d07428f894c Berry Good for 07/10/2020 Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Berries in July, fresh off the vine, just seem to taste better. Besides being the right colors (red strawberries and raspberries, blue blueberries), they are refreshing. </p> <p>If a handful of berries isn't part of your daily diet, this month is a good time to start eating more. <p>Updated: Fri Jul 10, 2020</p> 369f6575910f665b0b8e0465498a9290 Fiber to the Rescue for 07/03/2020 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you could just make one change to your diet to help prevent future diseases, add more fiber. </p> <p>Here are five diseases that fiber can help prevent:</p> <p>No. 1: The latest research shows that eating a diet high in fiber from vegetables, fruits and whole grains is associated with a reduced incidence of breast cancer. Based on data from 20 observational studies, women with the highest consumption of fiber had an 8% lower risk of breast cancer compared with those who consumed the lowest.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 03, 2020</p> 8849afd53134c7d0fc729c84478518d1 Habits to Cultivate for 06/26/2020 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This shelter-in-place time has had me thinking about habits &#8212; the things I do on a daily basis to stay healthy. I think it's because so many habits were changed unexpectedly &#8212; driving to work, going to the gym, eating out. My daily commute is now up the stairs to my office; my workout is a two-mile walk in the neighborhood; we eat all our meals at home. </p> <p>To be honest, some of the new habits are refreshing. I love to cook; I love to be outside and walk. There are certain advantages to working at home. I admit I miss personal interaction, and yes, there is Zoom, but it's not the same.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020</p> f42ad300dcb52a0d51bcdab6b8f372d9 Reducing Stroke Risk for 06/19/2020 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Did you know women are more likely to have a stroke than men? And women are also more likely to suffer from a permanent disability or die from a stroke? </p> <p>The good news is we can do something to lower our risk. </p> <p>Data analyzed and published in the journal Stroke found that lifestyle changes &#8212; even later in life &#8212; can lower women's risk for stroke. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 19, 2020</p> 9394bd73d2f9ec9e7857feb71006c4d0 High-Quality Carbohydrates for 06/12/2020 Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Diabetes runs in many of our families, mine included. That factor alone raises the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. </p> <p>Other risk factors include if you have prediabetes, are overweight, are 45 years or older or have an immediate relative with Type 2 diabetes. If you are physically active less than three times a week, have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or have given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds, you are also at an increased risk. Those who are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian or Alaska Native are also at a higher risk.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 12, 2020</p> d9c74fa6c48e079591bd21e12a377ae9 Brain Food for 06/05/2020 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Is there a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease with the foods you eat? </p> <p>Maybe. </p> <p>Researchers behind a study published in the journal Neurology found that antioxidants have been shown to reduce inflammation that may contribute to Alzheimer's. In the study, participants who at the highest amount of flavonols, a type of antioxidant, were 48% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 05, 2020</p> a672453907a57085c9da77eca7ea2cb7 Cooking Inspiration for 05/29/2020 Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Although the nation is slowly opening up, we're nowhere near operating at the "normal" we all knew before COVID-19. You may be at a stalemate for what to cook, what to buy and how to continue fixing your meals at home. </p> <p>Here are some tips to help you continue to navigate this new lifestyle with your family.<p>Updated: Fri May 29, 2020</p> 38c8f20174e5bfeb42f897f4a120e461 Vitamin D and COVID-19 for 05/22/2020 Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>During this shelter-at-home time, we're all trying to be extra careful about what we're eating &#8212; plenty of fruits and vegetables for strong immunity, plenty of water for good hydration and plenty of exercise.</p> <p>We may want to add plenty of vitamin D to the list.<p>Updated: Fri May 22, 2020</p> af2a8bdf5908384b08db492ab5949c11 Fertility and Your Diet for 05/15/2020 Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We don't often think our diet could have an effect on whether we can conceive or not, but research shows it does. Good nutrition and a healthy body weight for both partners can have a significant impact on the ability to conceive.</p> <p>Infertility affects about 9% of married women of childbearing age, according to a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>Updated: Fri May 15, 2020</p> 3ace3d566857baa967900de6e4390b9d Another Win for the Mediterranean Diet for 05/08/2020 Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's yet another reason to try the Mediterranean diet, which is actually not a strict diet at all but a pattern of eating that focuses on fresh, whole foods and avoids highly processed foods. </p> <p>New research finds it may support healthy aging. And who among us doesn't want to live a long, healthy life? Research published in The BMJ in February 2020 found that the Mediterranean lifestyle helps alter gut bacteria, which, in turn, helps reduce frailty and promote healthy aging. The gut microbiota of more than 600 people in five European countries were profiled before they began a one-year-long Mediterranean diet. When their gut bacteria were checked at the end of the year, they had better bacterial diversity in the gut, and the bacteria that increased in volume were associated with reduced frailty (improved walking speed, hand strength and cognitive function, and less inflammation).<p>Updated: Fri May 08, 2020</p> efa103d9dd02150701eb65ee7d89c2ab Pasta Choices for 05/01/2020 Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you've gone down the pasta aisle recently, you've probably noticed there are a lot of new choices, including pasta from more nutritious ingredients like whole-wheat flour, chickpeas, brown rice and legumes. But are they really healthier?</p> <p>Traditionally, pasta is made from milled durum wheat, which is a refined flour that has the bran and germ (the healthy parts) removed. What's left is the endosperm, but the fiber and some vitamins are stripped away in the process. This is the case with white bread and rice. In the U.S., many nutrients, including niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, folate and iron, are added back through fortification. </p> <p>Whole-wheat pasta retains most of the bran and germ. It's a more textured and hearty pasta, with twice the fiber and iron of enriched (regular) pasta. If you're not crazy about the texture and slightly nutty taste, take a baby step and mix your whole-wheat pasta with traditional white pasta.<p>Updated: Fri May 01, 2020</p> e51cd177493e02c2401a12ddcd78a9ed Feeling Stressed? for 04/24/2020 Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Are you feeling stressed as you try to navigate this time of unknown and big changes to your normal routine? </p> <p>You're not alone.</p> <p>For many of us, that means turning to comfort foods. A friend recently joked she had gained not the freshman 15 but the COVID 19.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 24, 2020</p> a86d6f6265aec304c6f9edd639a9f3cb Hydrate, Hydrate for 04/17/2020 Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>During this time sheltering at home, we know it's important to eat healthy to keep our immune systems strong. Foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and lean dairy &#8212; full of vitamins and minerals &#8212; need to be part of our daily diet.</p> <p>It's also important to hydrate. Drinking water may not be at the top of your list, but it should be. To stay hydrated, a popular rule of thumb is to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. Another is to drink half your weight in ounces of water every day. To do that, you need to make water handy; have a glass at your desk as you work.</p> <p>Does sparkling water count? Sparkling water or seltzer water, which is carbonated, contains water and carbon dioxide. It can also contain added flavorings and minerals like sodium bicarbonate, potassium sulfate and sodium chloride. The most popular types are mineral water, soda water, tonic water and sparkling or seltzer water. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 17, 2020</p> f4cc64cedfac1315a755f3ebf01b91f8 Healthy Lifestyle, Longer Life for 04/10/2020 Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With a little more unexpected time at home, it's a great time to make a new start on your healthy lifestyle. For years, doctors have advocated a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress relief and weight control. A new study confirms there are tangible benefits.</p> <p>A Dutch study finds that the presence of all these healthy lifestyle factors was associated with two extra years of good health compared with those high-risk lifestyles. Another study found that those without any lifestyle risk factors lived, on average, six years more without chronic disease compared with those who had two or more risk factors. And in case you're still not convinced, a third study showed that without any risk factors, people lived, on average, nine years longer before the onset of any chronic disease.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 10, 2020</p> a6481c54881dbc30c5c735e85a0e93db Kitchen Comfort for 04/03/2020 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In these unprecedented times, many of us are turning to our kitchens &#8212; both for food and for the soothing ritual of baking and cooking. I know I take great comfort in making bread now more than ever; it makes me feel grounded in the present, and it makes me feel strong and empowered to be able to feed my family and myself. I make my pizza crust from scratch, too. It literally takes minutes in a food processor or a KitchenAid mixer. </p> <p>Last week, I made banana muffins with my turning-brown bananas, slid a few into a Ziploc bag and took a few to the neighbors (keeping my social distance, of course). It was a way to share &#8212; and to check on my neighbors.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Community, care and comfort are things we can all lean into right now, and baking is a wonderful way to embrace all of these.</span> Food has always been a source of sharing and caring for me, learned from my late mother and plenty of 4-H food projects along the way. As a dietitian, I believe food can be a journey to health. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> 8cab6b435718a9ba090c1fd068a796bd Eat Your Fruits and Veggies for 03/27/2020 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For those of us spending more time at home, the refrigerator may be a little too accessible, making it easier to snack a little more often.</p> <p>Whether we're working from home or not, what we put into our bodies counts. And the little steps we take &#8212; or don't take &#8212; toward healthy eating add up to a journey.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> 75d64d9d7bef735e32f4c36ef27b4d4d Kicking the Sugar Habit for 03/20/2020 Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Most of us &#8212; despite being around our kitchens more due to this COVID-19 seclusion &#8212; are all about trying to break the sugar habit. It's not that sugar is banned from a healthy diet; it's just that it's easy to overdo sugar consumption.</p> <p>One of the problems is that sugar wears many disguises on a food label. It can be called honey, coconut sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, agave, brown rice syrup or maple syrup. Sugar is added to 68% of packaged foods and drinks in the U.S. Being mindful of products that contain sugar &#8212; and how that sugar is labeled &#8212; is a way to begin reducing your sugar. </p> <p>Sugar can be in plant-based milks, nut butters, bacon, ketchup and even chicken stock. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Naturally occurring sugars in fruit, veggies and even milk typically don't need to be on your worry list, as they come bundled with nutrients, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. </span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> 812cd9bbab329e9171b853537400e561 Boost Your Immunity for 03/13/2020 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I'm a big believer that what we eat makes a difference in our health, including our immune systems. With all the concern over the coronavirus, here's a look at some foods that can boost our immunity.</p> <p>While there are no magic foods, certain foods can impact how weak or strong our immune system is. And there's no better time to give yours a boost.</p> <p>&#8212; Think fruits and vegetables, and eat them every day. Produce contains key vitamins involved in the immune system. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The vitamin C in foods like strawberries, bell peppers, potatoes, broccoli and citrus helps the immune system function. Vitamin A, also found in produce, keeps tissues in the mouth, intestines and respiratory tract healthy. Foods high in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots and cantaloupe. </span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> f8c5709d5730a85273714f7cbae4050a Weight Gain Blues for 03/06/2020 Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As a nation, we continue to eat too much. That may not be surprising news to some of us. By 2030, just 10 short years away, nearly 1 out of every 2 adults in this country will have obesity, and nearly 1 in 4 adults will have severe obesity, according to a new report.</p> <p>Over the time period from 1999 to 2018, the obesity prevalence increased about 12%, from 30.5% of Americans to 42.4% of Americans. Severe obesity almost doubled. The study was conducted by Dr. Craig Hales, a medical epidemiologist with the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p> <p>The report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, predicts that 29 states (mostly Southern and Midwestern states), will have obesity rates over 50%, while all 50 states will see rates of at least 35%. Severe obesity (about 100 pounds overweight) is predicted to be higher than 25% in 25 states. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> 712dea1e47613797b433c8dbe8aec0aa Healthy Teeth, Healthy Life for 02/28/2020 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Believe it or not, your teeth have a lot to do with your health. Poor nutrition and a lack of certain key nutrients increase the risk of developing oral diseases, but there is also a direct link between periodontal disease and chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. </p> <p>A well-balanced diet can help strengthen the immune system, promote healing and contribute to healthy teeth and gums. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p>