Sugar is everywhere, so it's no surprise that the average American consumes almost 17 teaspoons of added sugars per day (that's more than 1/3 cup, and adds up to 34 pounds of sugar per year). And though there's no denying the wonderfully sweet taste it provides in so many of our favorite baked goods, beverages, condiments and more, sugar contributes extra calories—without healthful nutrients—to our diets.
We've seen several of our favorite healthy foods—like whole grains and legumes—come under criticism for containing antinutrients like lectins, naturally occurring plant compounds that block the absorption of nutrients (carbs, vitamins and minerals). Sounds scary, but is it?
Pictured Recipe: Greek Salad Nachos
Imagine a different approach to eating better, one that doesn't immediately assume you need to restrict your food options and daily meals to be healthier.
Imagine not focusing on a number of pounds to lose, calories to eat (or not eat) or minutes you absolutely must exercise each day.
Cheese-, cider- and kale-fueled hiker, skier and taekwondo-er. Willing to try any food at least twice, this nutrition science nerd knows when to put down the research and pick up a fork full of chocolate cake.
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A quick 20 minutes is all you need to get this week's easy and delicious dinners on the table. The key to keeping these dinners fast is using simple ingredients and relying on healthy convenience items like canned beans and tomatoes. Use precooked and pre-prepped ingredients to cut down on time even more.
This question is on so many minds: how can I lose belly fat...and fast? While there's no magic formula of food and exercise to reduce belly fat with the snap of your fingers, there are nutrition choices, exercises and lifestyle changes that can help. Here's your guide to understanding exactly what belly fat is and how you might be able to reduce it over time.
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Not sure if you're getting enough omega-3 fatty acids? Turns out, your doctor can measure that and the score can reveal important information about your health.
Pictured Recipe: Plank-Grilled Miso Salmon