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8 Secrets Every Nutritionist Knows (And You Should, Too)

Learn these healthy eating secrets that every nutritionist knows.

We asked a panel of nutritionists to disclose their must-know, insider tips about healthy eating. Here’s what they had to say:

1. The one thing that matters more than what you eat is…
“People get fixated on what they eat, but how much you eat matters so much more,” says Lisa Young, PhD, RD, nutrition professor at New York University and author of The Portion Teller. In other words, you can have everything in moderation—but it’s all too easy to overshoot that ¾-cup serving of cereal or 2 tablespoon glug of salad dressing. “Keep a food diary for a week or two and do your best to measure how much you’re having,” Young says. “Measure out one cup of cereal so you don’t pour yourself three cups.”

Another portion control minefield are restaurants. “Don’t expect yourself to control those portions by just putting your knife and fork down,” says Hope Warshaw, RD, author of Eat Out Eat Well. “Practice portion control from the point you place your order. Don’t feel compelled to order an entrée. Choose from healthier appetizers, soups, salads, and small plates instead.”

2. The one food that you should be eating but may not be…
One thing’s for sure: We’ve been bombarded by lots of anti-carb rhetoric over the years. “But not all carbohydrates are evil,” says Gina Consalvo, an RD based in Pennsylvania. “In fact, some are essential. The carbs in fiber-rich whole grains provide your body with its preferred source of energy. They’re also high in phytonutrients, which help fight off disease, and high in fiber, which is filling and helps with portion control and blood sugar management.” Plus, research shows that whole grain fiber may have a unique ability to protect against chronic disease—perhaps even more so than vegetable fiber.

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5 Ridiculously Tasty Warm Winter Smoothies

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News flash: You’ve been making your winter smoothie recipes wrong. No judgment, but who really wants to choke down a cold and frosty drink when they’re already shivering? Not us. That’s why we whipped up these 5 warm, comforting, and super-filling blends packed with seasonal produce and spices. Consider them creamy, cleaned-up alternatives to hot cocoa. Pro tip: If you’re taking these drinks to go, sip them from an insulated travel mug to keep them warm. All recipes make one meal-worthy blend or two snack-size smoothies.

WARNING! Hot liquids create steam and thus pressure in your blender, so be sure to vent the lid (holding it down while blending) and start the blender on a low setting.

Warm Pear-Ginger Smoothie

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8 Ways You’re Still Eating Trans Fat When You Think You’re Not

8 ways you are still eating trans fats

Did you know that trans fats are pretty much now illegal in packaged foods? Yep, it’s true: Last summer, the FDA finally took action and ruled that the fats, which lower good cholesterol, raise bad cholesterol, and increase risk for heart problems, must be removed from all food products by June 2018.

And while that’s all well and good for Future You, there are still many months before that deadline hits. In the meantime, many foods still harbor dangerous trans fats, even those with a label that says “0 grams trans fat.”

How the heck can that be? Manufacturers are allowed to say a food contains no trans fat if each serving has 0.5 g or less. But eat more than one serving size of, say, chips—and really, who sticks to nine measly chips?—and you could be eating 2 g or more of trans fat in no time, which is over the limit for good health, according to the World Health Organization.

For more proof, peep at this scandalous report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that exposes just how many products contain trans fat—more than a quarter of the items in the non-profit’s database of 84,000 grocery store products. Even worse: Some 87% of foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils—the most ubiquitous source of trans fat in our food supply—don’t disclose their trans fat content anywhere on the packaging. (Take back control of your eating—and lose weight in the process—with our 21-Day Challenge!)

How to avoid trans fat? Until 2018, when trans fats finally go the way of the dodo bird, read the ingredients list (where manufacturers can’t lie) and avoid anything that lists partially or fully hydrogenated oils. Here are the eight biggest offenders that are still sneaking trans fat into your diet, plus truly trans-fat-free options to buy instead.

1. Microwave popcorn

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Popcorn enjoys a health halo since it’s a whole grain, but what it’s poppedin matters just as much—and microwave popcorn usually comes with lots of trans-fatty oils. The EWG found that some brands had 5 g of trans fat or more per 3-oz bag—more than double what’s recommended by the WHO.

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Research Finds Bitter Melon Can Kill Cancer Cells And Treat Diabetes

Diabetes and cancer are two of the most devastating chronic illnesses in America today — and it appears that a small Asian fruit might be able to help treat them both. Read on to find out more about the great benefits you get from bitter melon — and what the latest research is saying.

You Get a Great Combination of Nutrients and Antioxidants

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8 Reasons Why You Should Start Eating Asparagus!

One of the earliest signs of a new growing season is the presence of asparagus at the supermarket. Asparagus is a tall plant from the lily family whose shoots are edible and considered a health vegetable that is perfect for almost any diet. There are many reasons why everyone should be eating asparagus. Let’s take a look at exactly why you should make this tasty vegetable a part of your diet.

1. Asparagus is Loaded With Nutrients

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4 Natural Foods That Aren’t Really Natural At All

With no FDA definition or standards for use of the term, it’s easy for companies to create the impression of a straight-from-the-farm product. Here are 4 foods that aren’t as “natural” as they claim to be.

Almond Milk
It seems like a win-win: a low-calorie dairy substitute made from one of nature’s nutritional powerhouses. Except there are actually very few almonds in this mostly water beverage, and pretty much none of their natural goodness—including protein, fiber, healthy fat, and antioxidants—survives the processing into “milk.” Instead, what’s added is a whole bunch of fortified nutrients, thickeners and stabilizers like carrageenan, which scientists warn may cause gastrointestinal inflammation. The same goes for rice milk.
Better choice: Coconut milk or real dairy.

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Eat This To Prevent Brain Shrinkage

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Like your stash of leftover Halloween candy and your reserve of willpower for the day, there are a few things in life you really don’t want to run out of.

Also at the top of that list: your gray (and white) matter. Obviously your capacity to remember things and process information—abilities bestowed upon us by the robustness of our physical brains—holds a prize spot way higher up than those fun-size Snickers (at least, let’s hope).

For a while now, researchers have known that following a Mediterranean diet—one heavy on whole grains, fresh produce, and fatty fish and lower in red meat and dairy—seems to ward off signs of looming cognitive decline. But in a new study published in the journal Neurology, researchers examined the effect of the diet “on the brain itself,” says lead author Yian Gu, PhD, assistant professor of neuropsychology at Columbia University, “rather than clinical symptoms.” Continue reading

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10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Eating 3 Bananas a Day

Bananas are incredibly versatile fruits that can be used to make refreshing smoothies, add delicious flavor to a baked meal, or simply eaten on-the-go. That might explain why they are one of the world’s most popular fruits: Over 96 percent of households in the U.S purchase bananas at least once a month.

So we love eating bananas. But is this obsession good for us?

The research says yes. Bananas have a lot more going for them than simply an affordable price and sweet flavor. Studies indicate that the magic number is three–by eating three bananas per day, you provide your body with about 1500mg of potassium, and loads of health benefits.

So what exactly are the benefits?

Here are 10 amazing health benefits of eating bananas every day:

1. Bananas lower high blood pressure.

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It’s Not Food Causing Your Heartburn—Here Are The 5 Real Culprits

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Onions, spicy dishes, and fried foods have gotten a bad rap. While there’s some evidence these foods can trigger heartburn, experts say how you eat is more important than what you eat when it comes to controlling painful flare-ups.

“The old adages about onions and fruit juice and things like that—those foods are not as problematic as we used to think,” says Michael D. Brown, MD, a professor of medicine and digestive diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “When I talk to patients now, we talk about how much they eat and how they eat it, not what they eat.”

Other experts agree. “The evidence to support eliminating certain foods to reduce the symptoms of heartburn is not strong,” says Nyree Dardarian, MS, RD, director of the Center for Integrated Nutrition and Performance at Drexel University.

So what is causing your heartburn? Brown says heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, or the bubbling up of stomach acids into your esophagus. Your esophagus—which connects your throat to your stomach—isn’t designed to handle those acids, so reflux creates a painful burning sensation.

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5 Things That Will Happen When You Eat Oatmeal

Oatmeal is easy to love. It’s a warm, filling whole grain that is easy to prepare and packs a nutritious punch. You may be wondering, what’s the difference between rolled or steel cut oats? Rolled oats have simply been steamed and rolled-over to flatten before packaging. Steel cut oats, on the other hand, are just oats chopped up into smaller pieces with a sharp blade. Both maintain their whole grain status, so choose the one you like best because they’re both healthful choices!

In fact, a few things will happen if you start eating oatmeal everyday. For example:

1. You’ll manage (or maybe lose!) weight

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