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Four Steps to Significantly Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Early Death

Four Steps to Significantly Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Early Death

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, doing just four things could help significantly reduce your risk of death.The study looked at over 6,200 healthy people over a span of eight years and determined tha…

Britney Spears: ‘I Like the Salty and Sweet’

Britney Spears: ‘I Like the Salty and Sweet’

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — As the mom of two growing boys, Britney Spears admits it can be hard to stay in shape.“I love white chocolate, and I love potato chips! I like the salty and sweet,” the “Toxic” singer and …

Study: Kids Menu Items Not as Nutritious as Grown-Up Food

Study: Kids Menu Items Not as Nutritious as Grown-Up Food

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EDINBURGH, Scotland) — Children who eat the same food as mommy and daddy tend be be healthier than those that eat off the kids menu, according to a new study from the University of Edinburgh.
BBC News reports that the study exa…

Study: Diet and Exercise Are Inseparable

Study: Diet and Exercise Are Inseparable

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — According to a new study, the best way to improve one’s health is to start on a healthier diet and an exercise plan simultaneously.While many find it easier to begin their health quest with just one or the other, the s…

Gwyneth Paltrow and Demi Lovato ‘Best Friends’

Gwyneth Paltrow and Demi Lovato ‘Best Friends’

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Demi Lovato has two new celebrity fans: Gwyneth Paltrow and Paltrow’s daughter, Apple.“You know, my new bestie,” joked Lovato on ABC’s Good Morning America, as she tried a recipe from Paltrow’s new cookbook, …

Childhood Obesity: Is 7 Too Young to Diet?

Childhood Obesity: Is 7 Too Young to Diet?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When Dara-Lynn Weiss’ daughter Bea went for her annual checkup at age 7, the pediatrician pronounced her obese.  In one year, Bea had gained 23 pounds and her blood pressure had bumped up significantly.Weiss’ so…

‘Parisian Diet’: Key to Being Skinny Is Savoring Food, Author Says

‘Parisian Diet’: Key to Being Skinny Is Savoring Food, Author Says

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite their love affair with creamy cheese, full-bodied wine and soft pastries, French women, on average, are skinnier than American women.Obesity rates in France are about three times lower than in the U.S., …

Is Fasting a New Diet Craze?

Is Fasting a New Diet Craze?

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A new diet that started in England is rapidly gaining momentum. What does this new diet say you should eat to lose weight? On two days a week, nothing.
The Fast Diet allows for unrestricted, guilt-free eating…

‘Berry’ Good Diets Are Beneficial for Heart Health

‘Berry’ Good Diets Are Beneficial for Heart Health

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Doctors have long advised patients to add helpings of berries to their diets for the antioxidants. Now researchers say berries can be good for the heart.A new study has found that women who eat at least three servings of…

Study Looks at Impact of High-Carb Diet on Colon Cancer Treatment

Study Looks at Impact of High-Carb Diet on Colon Cancer Treatment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — High-carb diets may lead to cancer recurrence or death for late-stage colon cancer patients, according to a new study. High glycemic diets, which include breads and baked goods, also can lead to the same outcomes.Res…

"Reader’s Digest" Diet: Lose the Weight in Three Weeks

"Reader’s Digest" Diet: Lose the Weight in Three Weeks

Tom Morello/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When it comes to dieting, some people have tried virtually everything. There’s the grapefruit diet.  The all-green, leafy diet.  And who can forget the baby food fad diet? Now, Reader’s Digest m…

Food Swap for Less Salt: How to Make Healthier Kids’ Lunches, Snacks

Food Swap for Less Salt: How to Make Healthier Kids’ Lunches, Snacks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re a label reader, here is a nutrition fact you don’t want to miss. It’s not just calories, fat and sugar you should be checking. Another culprit assaulting our diets is sodium — and it can …

Sarah Palin Writing a Fitness Book

Sarah Palin Writing a Fitness Book

by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sarah Palin debuted a new look in Los Angeles this week: frosted hair, frosted lips, and a thinner figure than she’s had in the past. Turns out, she’s got a new project to go with it — penning a d…

Foodie Alert: How Palate Cleansers Work on ‘Fatty Mouth’

Foodie Alert: How Palate Cleansers Work on ‘Fatty Mouth’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “Red wine with red meat,” or so the old adage goes. Now new findings may help us better understand how palate cleansers like wine or tea refresh our mouths between courses.A study, published on Monday in Cu…

Fast Food Diet Participants Paid to Purposely Gain Weight

Fast Food Diet Participants Paid to Purposely Gain Weight

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making an unusual offer: They are paying people to add fat to their own bodies by eating an extra 1,000-calorie fast food meal each da…

Snacks: The USDA’s Solution to Students’ ‘Healthy Lunch’ Hunger Complaints

Snacks: The USDA’s Solution to Students’ ‘Healthy Lunch’ Hunger Complaints

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — According to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the solution to the growing grumbling over re-vamped school lunch menus boils down to a good old fashioned snack.School lunch trays are a bit lighter th…

Americans Pick Their Favorite Salty Snacks

Americans Pick Their Favorite Salty Snacks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The heck with hypertension, Americans love their salty snacks and the number one treat, according to a brand recognition survey by YouGov BrandIndex, is Ritz Crackers.It’s the second year in a row that the Nabisco pr…

Looking for a ‘Hunger Fix’? Food Addicts Can Re-Train the Brain

Looking for a ‘Hunger Fix’? Food Addicts Can Re-Train the Brain

Melia Patria/ABC(NEW YORK) — Tara Costa calls herself a recovering addict, but the substance she abused was food.Costa wasn’t just overeating, she was out of control.”I used to probably have a pint of ice cream almost every other night, if not more th…

Low-Fat Yogurt May Cut High Blood Pressure Risk

Low-Fat Yogurt May Cut High Blood Pressure Risk

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Low-fat yogurt may help lower your risk for high blood pressure, according to new research.A new study of more than 2,100 adults presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 S…

Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Targets Food Industry

Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Targets Food Industry

Jupiterimages/Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Mississippi lawyer who landed a multimillion dollar settlement from “big tobacco” is taking on the food industry, claiming some food makers mislead consumers about their products’ health effects. Don Barr…

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