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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Don't let the names of exotic grains like millet keep you from trying them. They're as easy to make as standard white rice yet far more nutritious.

Millet is the seed of a grass that grows in Africa. It has a fluffy, dry texture and tastes similar to corn. Millet has a wide variety of nutrients, including many minerals, protein and fiber.

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You've worked hard to curb mindless eating by not watching TV with a bag of chips in your lap, and you log everything you do eat in your smartphone app. But you could still be taking in more calories than you realize.

The fact is that throughout each day, you're bombarded by sneaky sources of extra calories that never get recorded in that jo...

MONDAY, Oct. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to add pizzazz to your morning bowl of oats? Here's how to spice things up and boost the nutrition.

Oats are rich in important minerals like manganese, which plays a role in controlling blood sugar. They also happen to be very high in fiber, important for gut and heart health. Nuts and seeds are great toppings for oats that you might be ...

MONDAY, Oct. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're tailgating, cooking for a potluck or bringing in a treat for co-workers, keep safety in mind to avoid food-borne illnesses.

Safe handling is always important, but it's an even bigger priority when you're away from your kitchen, without the benefit of your fridge and oven to control food temperatures. The key is to plan ahead to...

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's a healthy new twist in the farm-to-table movement: Getting farm-fresh food to school lunchrooms and even having students grow their own crops as part of learning.

Colorado was a pioneer in passing the "Farm-to-School Healthy Kids Act" in 2010. The move was designed to increase the use of local farm and ranch products in school food ser...

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for a simple yet delicious way to enjoy whole grains? Start with nutritious, easy-to-cook barley, a great swap for processed grains like white rice.

When shopping, choose hulled barley instead of pearl. Hulled barley retains more of the outer bran layer with its fiber and nutrients. Pearl parley has had most of the bran layer "polish...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids have long heard the refrain: Eat your vegetables to grow up big and strong. But a healthy diet may make you happier, too, according to Australian researchers.

That was the effect eating healthier had in a small study of young adults with poor diets and moderate-to-high symptoms of depression. Those who embraced healthier food choices r...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- How do you make healthy food more popular? Start by giving it a yummy-sounding name, researchers say.

People are much more likely to choose good-for-you foods like broccoli or carrots if labeled with names that emphasize taste over nutritional value, according to Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University, and her...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might think of a slow cooker as your grandma's favorite timesaver, but this countertop device has many modern benefits -- from making healthier meals and cutting calories to saving you time at the stove.

Because almost all you need to do is cut, measure and add ingredients, you can set a slow cooker in the morning and have a meal ready ...

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists are taking the wrappings off an age-old malady.

Clogged arteries are a heart problem that's dogged humanity for millennia, finds a new imaging study of mummies.

Mummified arterial tissue shows evidence of cholesterol plaque buildup in people who lived anywhere from 2000 BC to 1000 AD, said lead researcher Dr. Mohammad Madj...

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been relegating parsnips to the stock pot (their sweetness enhances both chicken and vegetable broth) or have been skipping over them altogether, you're missing out on a hearty side-dish choice for fall evenings and winter holidays alike.

Think of parsnips as a healthy comfort food, because cooking them brings out their naturally cre...

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cooking food has a fundamental impact on what bacteria live in your gut, a new study finds.

"Our lab and others have studied how different kinds of diet -- such as vegetarian versus meat-based diets -- impact the microbiome [gut bacteria]," said senior study author Peter Turnbaugh, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the U...

MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pickled foods are still on trend and so are do-it-yourself recipes since homemade fermented foods taste much better than store-bought versions.

Making your own fermented foods is easier than you think and the ideal way to introduce good gut bacteria into your microbiome. The key is prepping the veggies correctly and then just letting them rest ...

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A fiber-rich diet appears to help people with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in multiple ways, lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, a new study suggests.

High blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes raise the risk for heart disease, and diet may help keep it at bay, researchers say.

"This stu...

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you hear the word diet, you might think only of weight loss. But a lifestyle diet can bring even greater benefits.

One option that belongs on your radar is the MIND diet created by researchers at Rush University in Chicago.

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. It's a hybrid of those two he...

FRIDAY, Oct. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love those artichoke appetizers you get at restaurants but stop in your tracks when you see them on display at the store? Yes, artichokes look intimidating, but once you know the secret of artichoke prep, you'll look for opportunities to prepare them at home.

Artichokes, a plant in the thistle family, are one of the healthiest foods around, ric...

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a finding that suggests organic is best, a new study indicates that chickens raised without antibiotics may have fewer types of antibiotic-resistant salmonella than animals raised at factory farms.

Salmonella is a common infection among poultry, so some large farms feed their chickens antibiotics to prevent the birds from getting sick, an...

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love the taste of hot wings, but looking for something healthier? If you're a fan of this game day favorite, you'll go wild over Buffalo cauliflower.

Making the simple swap from chicken wings to cauliflower gets more veggies into your diet and adds a world of nutrition. Cauliflower is a superfood rich in a long list of nutrients from v...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Thanks to a federal ban on trans fats -- commonly listed on labels as partially hydrogenated oils -- margarine makers have taken steps to remove them from their ingredients. Does this mean margarine is once again a better choice than butter?

Not necessarily.

That's in part because some studies have given the saturated fat in butte...

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's a lurking dread in the back of the minds of many people who love steak, burgers and bacon -- the fear that what they enjoy eating might not be doing their health any favors.

But a major new review argues that folks can set those fears aside.

Cutting back on consumption of red meat or processed meat will not significantly red...

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans pop a fish oil supplement each day, hoping to bolster their heart health. Now, research suggests they may be on the right track.

The most up-to-date review of data from 13 prior studies found daily omega-3 fish oil supplement use tied to a significant lowering of risk for heart attack, according to a team led by Dr. JoAn...

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 10 U.S. seniors doesn't have enough food to eat, a new study shows.

And for those under 65 who qualify for Medicare because they're disabled, 4 of 10 may be going hungry, the researchers added.

"People are always talking about Medicare and how to tweak it and improve access to care, but these kinds of social problems [h...

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no doubt that eating a lot of sugar isn't good for your health. What's more, sugar can trigger a chemical reaction that has you craving more and more. Just think about the last time you ate a cookie -- were you able to stop at one? Or three? Or 10?

But Harvard researcher David Ludwig says when it comes to carbs, Americans eat more ref...

FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With pumpkin spice lattes already hitting coffee shops, it's never too soon to rethink favorite seasonal sips and cut calories without sacrificing flavor.

Here are four to try from now until the holidays really begin! Each recipe makes two drinks.

Pear Bellini: Pears make the perfect puree to add to champagne, Prosecco or sp...

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Love the taste of wild rice, but aren't sure how to make it yourself? It's easier than you think once you know how to prep and cook it the correct way.

Wild rice is not actually rice, but rather the seed of an aquatic grass. It's a Native American food that has a delicious, chewy texture. Like other seeds and grains, it's high in mineral co...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- By almost any measure, meat alternatives are rapidly gaining in popularity.

The explosion of innovation in plant-based meat alternatives is evident along grocery store aisles and on restaurant menus – and the products aren't only for vegetarians and vegans. Nielsen data show 98% of people who buy meat alternativ...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study warns that even your soothing cup of tea might serve up some invisible health hazards.

Some tea companies are replacing traditional paper teabags with plastic ones, but the new bags may be adding billions of tiny bits of plastic to your beverage, a team from Canada reports.

"We show that steeping a single plast...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want to warm up as the temperature cools down and get in more nutrients, too? Roasted vegetables are a delicious way to do both.

Starchier root veggies, like carrots, parsnips and potatoes, lend themselves to roasting since their natural sugars intensify as they cook. Carrots have beta carotene for skin health. The parsnips are high in vit...

TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Decades into the obesity epidemic, Americans are still eating far too much sugar, starch and saturated fat, a new report claims.

Since 1999, Americans have cut down a bit on "low-quality" carbs, like heavily processed grains and snack foods with added sugar. But that amounts to only a 3% drop overall, the researchers found.

And...

TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a risk factor for stroke, heart disease and other dangerous conditions, but it offers no early warning signs. That's why it's so important to have your pressure checked regularly.

You can take preventive steps to keep it in line by getting regular exercise and by adding foods that support a healthy bl...

MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's hard to beat the comfort quotient of a hot, bubbling dish of macaroni and cheese, but the fat and calorie overload can be a health disaster. Here's how to make a lighter version with all the taste intact.

Start by choosing a whole grain pasta such as spelt or a gluten-free quinoa pasta. These typically have double the fiber of processed ...

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- This year, when the gang comes over to watch football, score big with these healthy treats.

Rich and creamy onion dip with chips is a favorite and so easy to make by mixing sour cream into a flavor packet. But most dip mixes are loaded with MSG, sodium and artificial flavors, plus they have zero nutrition. Instead, make your own in a snap. Y...

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Eating patterns similar to the Mediterranean diet and the blood pressure-lowering DASH may help older women with Type 2 diabetes ward off heart attacks, strokes and related problems, new research suggests.

Diabetes afflicts one-quarter of Americans 65 and older. An estimated 68% of these patients will die of heart dise...

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to convincing your kids that vegetables taste good, variety might be the key to success.

New research suggests that offering children more than one type of vegetable may improve the chances that they'll eat a greater amount.

The study included 32 families with children aged 4 to 6 who didn't eat many vegetables. The ...

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you get the urge for a snack, you might not think that a slice of turkey can have the same lip-smacking effect as a handful of chips. But scientists have known for some time that protein is the most efficient nutrient for not only quickly satisfying hunger, but also for keeping you feeling satisfied longer than other foods.

Part of th...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Four of America's biggest health organizations are banding together to urge parents to better monitor the drinks their young kids sip each day.

The take-home message from the new "Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids" guidelines: Cut down on sugary sodas, juices and the like, and favor breast milk or cow's milk for youngsters instead of trendy pl...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and apples are all amazing fall superfoods and the perfect reason to get cooking.

Cheap and versatile, butternut squash is loaded with fiber and vitamin A. For an easy butternut squash mash, cut the squash in half, discard the seeds and roast for about 1 hour at 350 degrees. Scoop out the flesh and mash w...

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's no shortage of reasons to get your omega-3s, which are abundant in fish and their oils.

But high consumption of fish and their oils has created a shortage around the world. In addition, fish can be costly, and there are also concerns about toxins, like mercury, which affect many fatty fish to some degree. Since omega-3 fatty acids pl...

FRIDAY, Sept. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most people expect some risk in activities like mountain biking or rollerblading, but few would expect to end up in the emergency room with a broken thigh bone from doing a squat.

That's exactly what happened to Rachael Jones, 39, who was just trying to stay in shape, despite having a lifelong genetic illness.

The broken femur was...

FRIDAY, Sept. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- What is the perfect amount of fats and carbohydrates for a healthy diet? Scientists from McMaster University in Canada analyzed food diaries from more than 135,000 people in 18 countries around the world to find out.

The answer supports the old adage that moderation is good for your heart and a longer life, specifically that eating moderate ...

THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Move over button mushrooms. Exotic varieties are becoming more and more popular, and are available at farmers markets and even local grocery stores.

In ancient healing traditions, mushrooms have always been one of the top medicinal foods, and now science is discovering why. Mushrooms contain potent antibacterial and antifungal compounds tha...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's a pricy mainstay on restaurant menus, but avocado toast is an easy and healthy breakfast or lunch that you can make at home.

Avocados are full of healthy fats and vitamins C, E and B6. They're fiber all-stars, too, with 10 grams per cup. Best known as the base for guacamole, because of its creaminess, avocado is now being turned into ...

TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Make the most of your farmers market bounty with fast salads that highlight end-of-summer's best produce, like a filling Cobb salad with tomatoes, corn, and green and red lettuces.

Some simple prep tips make it an easy lunch or dinner, and smart swaps help streamline the traditional version's calorie count.

Start by prepping your ...

MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To the many ways in which coffee seems to confer unexpected health benefits, add a lowered risk of painful gallstones.

After tracking nearly 105,000 Danes for an average of eight years, researchers found that those who downed more than six cups per day of the world's most popular beverage saw their gallstone risk drop by 23%.

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MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When made at home, smoothies can be delicious and nutritious (store-bought versions often contain lots of sugar and an abundance of calories). But when it comes to feeling satisfied, a rich, thick soup has them beat.

There's science behind the diet tip to eat filling soup when the soup is a thick, blended puree. A study published in the Jou...

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Incorporating pumpkin pulp or seeds into a healthy diet may help reduce blood pressure levels, according to a new study using rats.

The research, presented Thursday at the American Heart Association's Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans, compared the effect of a control diet to one that contained pumpkin pulp...

FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Spices add not only great flavor to foods, but also micronutrients for a healthy diet.

Spice blends can be especially zesty, but many on grocery store shelves are loaded with sodium, which can spike your salt intake and detract from the spices' benefits. Mix your own blends instead.

A very versatile mix is taco seasoning. It's grea...

THURSDAY, Sept. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Few ingredients span the range of international cuisines as much as garlic. Garlic has a rich and interesting history as both a flavoring and a medicinal food.

The bulb of a plant in the allium family (along with onions and chives), garlic contains potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and is immensely flavorful while being ex...

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for an elegant dessert that's healthy, too?

Poached pears are ideal because they're sweet and hold their shape well during cooking. They can also be topped with a sweet finish or a surprisingly tangy one. Either way, you can wow guests at your next dinner party.

Pears are a filling fruit, high in fiber and a long list of ...

TUESDAY, Sept. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you call it soda, pop or a soft drink, a new study's findings suggest it would be better for your health to drink water instead.

The large European study found that people who have more than two sodas a day -- with or without sugar -- had a higher risk of dying over about 16 years than people who sipped the fizzy beverages less than ...

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