Families Who Eat Together Get More of the Good Stuff!

Eating the evening meal as a family has been shown to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables, which provide a variety of nutrients and dietary fiber. Families who eat dinner together tend to have a higher consumption of eating the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables. Studies have also shown that families who eat…

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Eat Your Vegetables!

Children generally need encouragement to eat their recommended amounts of vegetables. So can parents strategize by offering their child a choice of vegetables, to increase the amount their children eat? According to the theory of self-determination, the provision of choice should increase a child's feelings of autonomy and intrinsic motivation.

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Cure High Blood Pressure with Diet and Exercise

I like really big population studies. The conclusions reached are valid and extremely accurate. Small studies with few participants are subject to many types of bias. The results of small studies are often debatable and not dependable.The second Nurses’ Health Study enrolled 83,882 adult women 27-44 years of age. At the beginning of the study…

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Are Expensive Nutritional Supplements Really Needed?

A few weeks ago I received a very enthusiastic phone call from a person who expressed great enthusiasm for PositiveChoices.com. Of course, it is always nice to hear this kind of excitement! However, it wasn't long before he revealed the true purpose of his call. He wanted us to place a link to his website…

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A Good Diet Helps Keep a Smile on Your Face!

The Mediterranean dietary pattern (MDP) continues to show many health advantages. Adherence to the MDP in more than 10,000 young adults in Spain has demonstrated its benefit in protecting from depression. After 4.4 years of follow-up, those in the top three quintiles of dietary adherence to the MDP had the lowest risk for depression. The…

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Mediterranean-style Diet with Lots of Vegetables Helps Newly Diagnosed Diabetics

Investigators in Naples, Italy compared a Mediterranean-sytle diet with a low-fat American Heart Association (AHA) diet in a four year study of patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Participants were overweight (BMI=>25), had glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels above 11%, and were not on diabetic medications. Both diets contained the same number of calories and were rich in…

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Nutritional Quality of Organic Foods

The perception among many consumers today is that organically grown produce is nutritionally superior, and more healthy for you, than conventionally grown products. A new study published late last month sheds some important light on this sometimes heated topic. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reviewed the findings of 162 scientific…

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Simple Steps Can Help Prevent Stroke

Relatively modest and easily achievable health behaviors such as exercising regularly and eating lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce your risk of stroke. Those who did not smoke, exercised regularly, used alcohol only moderately (1-4 drinks weekly) and consumed lots of fruits and vegetables were at lowest risk for a stroke. Those who had…

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