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#CeleryJuice: Based on Facts or Followers?

#CeleryJuice: Based on Facts or Followers?

What is the deal with celery juice? How did it become a viral sensation overnight? Is its rapid gain in popularity attributed to any scientific research, or is this an example of society's demand for quick fixes and social acceptance?

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Sugar is Sugar is Sugar

Sugar is Sugar is Sugar

Each day, most of us consume two to three times more sugar than is recommended by the American Heart Association (AMA). It is often hiding in foods where you may not expect it. How is sugar processed in your body, and what does this mean for your health?

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The MIND DIET: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Brain

The MIND DIET: Healthy Eating for a Healthy Brain

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. That means that in the time it takes you to read this article, five people will have developed the disease. Alarming? Yes, but what if there was a diet that could help slow cognitive decline by targeting brain protective foods that combat the causes of dementia-related diseases?

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Coming Soon to Your Favorite Foods: The New Nutrition Facts Label

Coming Soon to Your Favorite Foods: The New Nutrition Facts Label

After 25 years, the nutrition facts panel is getting an update! Many businesses have already converted to the new label, which begs the question: what changes have been made and what do they mean to me?

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You Are What You Eat!

You Are What You Eat!

By following a healthy diet, chronic inflammation can be reduced by up to 50%.

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Should I Go Gluten Free?

Should I Go Gluten Free?

Are you thinking about going “gluten-free”? Many people claim it helps them lose weight or ease inflammation. But gluten-free isn't for everyone.

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The (Potential) Power of CBD

The (Potential) Power of CBD

CBD may reduce stress, anxiety, and inflammation, and is a promising therapeutic agent in the battle against epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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The 3 Triggers of Chronic Inflammation

The 3 Triggers of Chronic Inflammation

Are you inflamed? There are three main reasons your body could have chronic inflammation: digestive issues, obesity, and ingesting too many toxins.

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Juice is Not Worth the Squeeze

Juice is Not Worth the Squeeze

Children’s excessive consumption of juice has been linked to an increased risk of weight gain, cavities, blood pressure, cholesterol and hyperactivity. So why are we feeding our kids this stuff?

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Is Honey Healthier than Sugar?

Is Honey Healthier than Sugar?

Is honey a healthier sweetener than sugar? We wanted to learn more about what is in honey and how this delicious sweetener is made.

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Is Cold-Pressed Juice Healthier than a Smoothie?

Is Cold-Pressed Juice Healthier than a Smoothie?

Cold-pressed juices are very popular these days. But when you juice fruits and vegetables, you remove almost all of the fiber from your favorite produce and leave behind a lot of sugar.

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Microbiomes at Work

Microbiomes at Work

A mini universe of microbes exists within and around each of us. As scientists begin to genetically sequence microbiota, they have discovered ways to enhance human, animal, and plant health.

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How Much Protein Should You Eat a Day?

How Much Protein Should You Eat a Day?

Do you rely on protein powder to supplement your meals? How much protein do you really need?

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A Stop Sign for Obesity?

A Stop Sign for Obesity?

Obesity is a global health challenge that requires action. Recently, Chile has adopted black stop sign labels to warn consumers of food products high in sugar, saturated fat, calories, and sodium.

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Milk and

Milk and "Milk" Alternatives: Which one is right for you?

Consumers are switching from traditional dairy to substitutes. But are dairy-free alternatives better for you than traditional milk?

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Coffee: Friend or Foe?

Coffee: Friend or Foe?

Coffee speaks a global language. This potent little bean wakes up millions of people every morning. Are there any health risks associated with your morning cup of caffeinated joe? Alternatively, are there any benefits?

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Are Insects the Future of Food?

Are Insects the Future of Food?

Insects are in the spotlight as a healthy, affordable, and easily produced protein source for the future. We've examined the health benefits, but now it's time to put these critters to the taste test.

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Are There Hormones in Milk?

Are There Hormones in Milk?

Are there hormones in milk? Yes! All milk contains naturally-occurring hormones.

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What is an Artificial Sweetener?

What is an Artificial Sweetener?

Does consuming these artificial confections contribute to health issues or are they indeed a healthy alternative to sugar?

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with No Added Sugar

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with No Added Sugar

Eight delicious ways to satisfy your sweet tooth with no added sugar.

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Why Is Sugar Bad For You?

Why Is Sugar Bad For You?

Too much sugar causes obesity, which is linked to a variety of health problems. How much sugar can you safely eat every day?

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What is Inflammation?

What is Inflammation?

Are you inflamed? Chronic inflammation is believed to be the underlying cause of many long-term illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and even brain diseases...

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Healthier Holiday Cocktails

Healthier Holiday Cocktails

Nine recipes for holiday cocktails with less sugar.

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It’s the Merriest Time of Year (for calories!)

It’s the Merriest Time of Year (for calories!)

How different are spirits, wine, and beer in terms of calories, sugar content and nutritional value?

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The TB12 Diet: One Size Does Not Fit All

The TB12 Diet: One Size Does Not Fit All

While Tom Brady's diet does offer lots of helpful nutrition advice, there is also some dubious science.

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What is Clean Eating?

What is Clean Eating?

What does "clean eating" mean? Is it a sensible lifestyle change or a marketing gimmick?

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The Ketogenic Diet: Fueling the Body with Fat

The Ketogenic Diet: Fueling the Body with Fat

The Ketogenic Diet embraces healthy fats and asks you to kick carbs, sugar, and even some protein to the curb. It’s proven to be successful in very overweight patients, but what does the research say about long term potential, especially if you are not obese?

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Agave: Too Good to be True

Agave: Too Good to be True

Agave nectar is a popular sweetener that many people use to replace sugar. Don't let marketing fool you.

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Kefir, Kombucha, and Sauerkraut…Oh My!

Kefir, Kombucha, and Sauerkraut…Oh My!

Probiotics are not just limited to Kefir or Kombucha, but gut health is very important!

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Crazy for Kombucha

Crazy for Kombucha

Kombucha is a probiotic drink claiming to benefit digestion, inflammation, and general health.

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Digging Deeper: Pasteurization

Digging Deeper: Pasteurization

Milk is pasteurized to make it safe for extended storage and human consumption.

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Ancient Spice Gets New Reputation

Ancient Spice Gets New Reputation

Turmeric claims to reduce inflammation and prevent disease, including cancer and Alzheimer's. What does the research say?

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Greek Yogurt: Wasting a-Whey

Greek Yogurt: Wasting a-Whey

Two-thirds of the milk used in the production of Greek yogurt doesn't end up in the final yogurt product.

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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular “cure-all” with a myriad of health and dieting claims. What does the research say?

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How is Salt Made?

How is Salt Made?

Geologists call it Halite, chemists call it sodium chloride (NaCl)— the rest of us call it salt.  Salt has a remarkable history, which dates back to the earliest civilizations. How is it made?

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Got Milk?

Got Milk?

Milk is a perfect and easy vehicle for many important nutrients. It is high in calcium, protein, essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, E, D, B2, and B12.

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Is Protein Powder Healthy?

Is Protein Powder Healthy?

Protein helps your body build muscle, repair issue, and creates important hormones and enzymes. The best source for protein still lies in a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.

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Can Intermittent Fasting Prevent Age Related Diseases?

Can Intermittent Fasting Prevent Age Related Diseases?

New research indicates that controlled fasting may keep your cells healthy and enable your body to replace damaged cells.

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What's With Alkaline Water?

What's With Alkaline Water?

Water is over 50% of the human body mass. It is vital for human life. But does the type of water you drink make you healthier? Should we be buying Alkaline water?

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Seasons Change...Your Produce Should Too!

Seasons Change...Your Produce Should Too!

As the seasons change, our produce options change as well. This happens to be optimal for your body. But, do you know what produce to buy and when? How to select fruit that is ripe and veggies that are fresh?

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Do we need a Sugar Tax?

Do we need a Sugar Tax?

In an attempt to create healthier humans, government agencies on the local and global level have proposed a sugar tax. But, would a tax really benefit the health of Americans or is it simply a disguise to collect additional revenue?

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Let’s go to the MED!

Let’s go to the MED!

The Mediterranean Diet has been touted as one of the most beneficial “diets” on the market. Can it help hopeful healthy-eaters enjoy a better relationship with their food?

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What are Antioxidants?

What are Antioxidants?

What is an antioxidant? Do you know if your body needs antioxidants? If not— you are not alone! These days, millions of products are labeled as containing a strong source of antioxidants.

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Do You Matcha?

Do You Matcha?

Matcha green tea is the highest grade and most potent green tea available. Its nutritional profile boasts high antioxidants, a strong amino acid content, and a good source of vitamins and minerals.

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Fat: Our New Friend!

Fat: Our New Friend!

Fat is shaking off its bad reputation, but fats are not all equal; you need to consider what type of fat you are eating.

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Is a Plant-Based Diet Better for You?

Is a Plant-Based Diet Better for You?

As the demand increases for new “meatless options”, we asked ourselves— should we be making a switch or simply incorporating more plant-based products into our diet?

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CocoNUTs!

CocoNUTs!

Coconuts are full of heart-healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals—-and no sugar. Should coconut be part of your diet?

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Crazy for Cocoa

Crazy for Cocoa

How healthy is chocolate? How much (or how little) do you need to reap the nutritional benefits?

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Does Activated Charcoal Detoxify?

Does Activated Charcoal Detoxify?

Activated charcoal is believed to be a detoxifier! But how much of this is factual and how much is strategic marketing?

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Going...Going...Local!

Going...Going...Local!

Why buy local? Local and regional food economies help non-farming Americans reconnect with all of agriculture.

Food Production, Health, Soil and Crop Management

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Insects: A New Protein Source

Insects: A New Protein Source

Looking for a new protein option? Here is what you need to know about insects as a new protein source!

Diet, Food Ingredients, Food Technology, Future of Food, Health

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Grass or Grain, Beef is Beef

Grass or Grain, Beef is Beef

Whether your meat was fed a grain based meal or foraged for grass, it is still a nutritious source of protein, B-complex vitamins, zinc, iron and phosphorus.

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Produce Variety Helps Diet Variety!

Produce Variety Helps Diet Variety!

Year round availability plus the desire for a healthy diet has given new life to basic fruits and vegetables.

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Where Do Our Fruits and Vegetables Come From?

Where Do Our Fruits and Vegetables Come From?

Ever wonder where your fruits and vegetables come from? How are "seasonal" fresh fruits and vegetables readily available 365 days a year?

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The Atkins Diet - Does it Work?

The Atkins Diet - Does it Work?

While the Atkins Diet may help you shed some quick pounds, is your overall body health benefitting from the program?

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Your Second Brain: Gut Microbiota

Your Second Brain: Gut Microbiota

The “right” gut bacteria may burn fat, fight cancer, and even treat depression. What should you know about microbiota?

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Skin: Your Body's Largest Organ

Skin: Your Body's Largest Organ

Skin is your body's largest organ. Like the rest of your body, it needs the proper protection and nutrients to stay healthy.

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Supplements: Natural or Synthetic?

Supplements: Natural or Synthetic?

With a few exceptions—such as vitamin E, natural beta-carotene, and vitamin B12—all of the vitamins used in dietary supplements are synthetic.

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Why Take a Vitamin?

Why Take a Vitamin?

It can be next to impossible to get all the micronutrients you need in your daily diet. Supplements are important to ensure you reach the daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals.

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The Red Wine Diet

The Red Wine Diet

A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour in the gym? That cannot be real—can it?

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Wild vs. Farmed Salmon

Wild vs. Farmed Salmon

You will be making a healthy choice whether you choose wild salmon or farmed salmon. Just look for the ASC or MSC labelling to make sure you are eating fish that has been raised, or caught, with the safest and healthiest sustainable practices.

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The 5:2 Fasting Diet

The 5:2 Fasting Diet

While you may need to jump start your system with an extreme diet, long term weight loss is really only successful if you develop and maintain healthy eating habits.

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Understanding the Paleo Diet

Understanding the Paleo Diet

While keeping Paleo can help you maintain a diet free of both additives and preservatives, eliminating entire food groups probably isn’t the way to go.

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Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load

Glycemic Index vs. Glycemic Load

Glycemic load is calculated by taking a foods glycemic index, multiplying it by the carbohydrate content (measured in grams) and divided by 100. The glycemic load is actually more reliable than the glycemic index.

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Should We Eat Wheat?

Should We Eat Wheat?

Whole grain is an important part of your daily nutrition and while you don’t want to have a big bowl of pasta every day, eating a well balanced meal, which includes wheat, is healthy.

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The Truth about Juice Cleanses

The Truth about Juice Cleanses

There are no known long term health benefits to cleansing. And if we’re being honest, juice cleansing doesn’t taste or feel that great… So, do you really need to starve yourself with green juice to detoxify your body?

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Is Red Meat Carcinogenic

Is Red Meat Carcinogenic

The World Health Organization released a statement saying red meat consumption should be limited as it is considered carcinogenic. But before you ditch the steak or even occasional bacon, we need to take a closer look at the studies behind this statement and whether the potential risk is something to worry about…

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