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How to Eat a Balanced WFPB Diet

How to Eat a Balanced WFPB Diet
What is a balanced diet? A diet that supplies the proper proportions of all the nutrients necessary for health is considered a balanced diet. But despite our best efforts to eat healthfully, many of us worry that maybe we're not getting enough of certain nutrients. The entire supplement industry is largely built on that...
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Life Span or Health Span?

Life Span or Health Span?
"Good news, America: We're living longer!" trumpeted  USA Today . "Life expectancy in the USA rose in 2012 to 78.8 years — a record high," said the paper, quoting statistics from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And in a press release dated May 19, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced...
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Should a Vegan Diet be Considered Child Neglect?

Should a Vegan Diet be Considered Child Neglect?
Occasionally, it happens. Loving parents who've read the research on the advantages of a plant-based diet are accused of neglecting their children by refusing to give them animal products. Currently in Italy, there is proposed legislation that would send parents to prison for providing their children with a vegan diet. But even here in...
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Do You Know Which Foods are Healthiest?

Do You Know Which Foods are Healthiest?
When it comes to nutrition, one of the most interesting phenomenon to me is the number of people with lifestyle-based health issues who believe that they eat a "pretty healthy diet." But I totally understand this. I truly believed I ate a "pretty healthy diet" back in the days of my lacto-ovo vegetarian diet....
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Vitamin Supplements May Increase Risk of Disease

Vitamin Supplements May Increase Risk of Disease
Many people pop a morning multivitamin as a very personal form of "health insurance." We figure that just in case our diet isn't adequately providing for our nutritional needs, we'll take a multivitamin to be safe. Some of us take it a step further, adding specific vitamins in the belief that "more is better,"...
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Resistant Starch is NOT Futile

Resistant Starch is NOT Futile
The phrase "resistance is futile" entered the pop-culture lexicon in 1989 when The Borg appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation . The show's creators probably had no idea that somewhere in a laboratory in England, scientists were making bold, new discoveries about how simple foods battle the diseases threatening the...
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Chew Chew Training for Improved Digestion

Chew Chew Training for Improved Digestion
There's an ancient story of a military commander who came down with the deadly disease leprosy. Hearing that there was a healer in a neighboring country, he set off with a contingent of soldiers. Finding the healer in a small, unassuming house, the commander made his request. "Go wash seven times in our river,...
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Blending Up the Smoothie Controversy

Blending Up the Smoothie Controversy
Stick it in the blender and give it a whirl — everything will come out mixed up. That's what seems to be happening to the advice on blending our produce. Suddenly, there's a vortex of controversy swirling around smoothies. Some health advocates recommend smoothies, others are saying, "Maybe we should rethink our drink." Increasing...
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Can Weight Loss Increase Heart Attack Risk?

Can Weight Loss Increase Heart Attack Risk?
When we decide to "get healthy," losing weight is usually at the top of our "to do" list. And while exercise definitely helps, our eating habits usually need an overhaul if we plan to shed pounds.  So the search is on for the "right" weight-loss plan. We research diets on the internet, read magazines...
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Crunching the Science on Juicing

Crunching the Science on Juicing
Juicing fruits and vegetables was once considered the healthiest of the health trends. Many of us have invested in a juicer, and if we haven't, we probably know friends, family members, or coworkers who have. Those "into" juicing talk about all the fresh vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes swirling in a richly colored glass of...
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