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slide-avocados Avocados – The Perfect Food or Funky Fruit? - Shopping for healthy foods can be confusing. Many foods products claim to be “healthy”, “all-natural”, “organic” or “low fat”. But how do you know if these words are real benefits or just clever marketing schemes? If your food comes in a box or a package, it is likely not as healthy as it claims. If you base the majority of your diet around whole foods, you will be making a much wiser investment in your health. This Healthy Food Friday series will help you learn to identify the difference. You will also learn more about the amazing benefits of whole foods along with delicious ways to enjoy them. Avocados have …

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slide-protein-study High Animal Protein Intake Linked to Increased Cancer, Diabetes and Mortality - The amount of protein we need to maintain optimal health has long been debated. The modern-day hunter gatherer Paleo people would perhaps suggest that a higher intake of animal protein is best. Conversely, the vegan, plant eaters would usually point to the low protein approach. Confusion ensues because both ways of eating definitely seem to have their benefits. They both promote the consumption of whole foods, and both have the same goal in mind – health. A new study published in Cell Metabolism however may help us shine some light on the situation. I’m not claiming that the results of one singular study should be taken as gospel, but they …

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slide-secret-weight-loss-ingredient Study Finds Hidden Ingredient Reduces Calorie Intake Leading to Weight Loss - A recent study from Pennsylvania State University utilized hidden ingredients in recipes, aimed at lowering calorie content, and evaluated participants’ responses to the hidden ingredients. Researchers used hidden pureed vegetables to decrease calorie content in meals in order to determine if participants would feel satisfied with the lower calorie intake. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients leading to satiation and weight loss. Although weight loss was not a factor in this study, other studies have found positive association with increased vegetable intake and subsequent weight loss. In the study conducted at Pennsylvania State University participants were assigned to three different groups. Food intake was controlled …

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slide-diabetes-berries Berry Intake May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk - We’ve all heard about the big benefits of the common berry. Despite their small size, berries are typically rich in a number of antioxidants. These antioxidants are believed to counteract disease promoting free radicals, produced when cells are damaged during oxidation. They are also packed full of many other micro nutrients that have been linked to disease prevention. And disease prevention is needed now more than ever… Already accounting for well over half of the worlds deaths each year; chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes are on the rise. They currently impact more people across the world than ever before. Type 2 diabetes is of a …

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slide-diet-12-months Twelve Months of Weight Loss Tips - Get Healthy and Stay Healthy – All Year! Since the weather has turned colder, we are forced to spend more time indoors. For people who enjoy exercising outside, this can be a challenging time of the year. If you are worried about maintaining your weight loss efforts during the winter months and beyond, here are enough tips to get you through the next twelve months. February Studies show that having a small bowl of soup before your meal makes you less likely to chow-down when the main course arrives. The cooler temperatures in February are a great excuse to try some new soups. Whip up a batch of split pea …

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