by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.com
Is your apple juice safe to drink?After pressure from many consumer groups, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing a maximum limit for arsenic levels in apple juice. The plan is to limit the amount of inorganic arsenic to 10 parts per billion, the same amount the Environmental Protection Agency allows in drinking water.
A lot of you might remember the big hoopla that occurred after a segment on the Dr. Oz show in September 2011. They revealed that several brands of apple juice contained high levels of arsenic and a wide panic among consumers set in. At that time the FDA expressed disapproval that the show did not distinguish between the two types of arsenic: inorganic and organic.
Here's the deal: Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that is found in combination with either inorganic or organic substances to form many different compounds. It occurs naturally in our soil and water supplies. Inorganic arsenic specifically has been classified as a human carcinogen,
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by Stephanie Clarke, R.D., and Willow Jarosh, R.D., for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Best Power Foods for Women
The best foods for women of any ageYou grind in the gym every day to look and feel your best, but if your diet doesn't include these 12 power foods, you're doing yourself and your health a disservice!
To strengthen bones: parmesan cheese
Calcium is key for preventing osteoporosis (especially in your 20s). Yogurt and nonfat milk help, but who wants them three times a day? Work Parmesan cheese into your diet; its 340 mg of calcium per ounce - compared to about 200 mg in cheddar or Swiss - goes a long way toward your 1000 mg/day quota.
To boost immunity: apples
Smart and sweet, apples are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that can bolster your body's disease-fighting abilities. In one study from Appalachian State University, just 5 percent of people who ate more quercetin came down with a respiratory infection over a two-week period, compared to 45 percent of those who didn't.
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To build your iron stores: lentils
by Linda Melone, C.S.C.S., for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Goals for Your Fitness Bucket List
What's on your fitness bucket list?Creating a bucket list of things you want to do before you die won't do much good if you're not healthy enough to follow through on them. So before you make good on your plans to run with the bulls or swim with the dolphins, why not make a separate fitness bucket list?
Each of the following challenges targets a different aspect of fitness, from endurance to flexibility and strength. Once you've mastered one, strive to go to the next level by adding intensity, time, or reps. For example, once you finish a 10K, try training for a half-marathon. Read on for seven goals every fit woman should conquer and expert tips on the why and how.
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1. Complete 25 pushups: Mastering the ability to perform 25 pushups is a very reasonable, realistic, and reachable goal for most women, says Timothy L. Miller, MD, assistant professor at the Ohio State University Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, OSU Track and Field Team
by Locke Hughes for SHAPE.comRead More »from 8 Surprising Sources of Nutrients
Surprising sources of nutrientsAdd variety to your diet and fuel your body with the nutrients and minerals it needs to run with these oft-overlooked foods.
1. Vitamin C
You know it's in: Citrus, red bell pepper
Surprising sources: Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps your body protect against free radical damage, heal wounds, and prevent disease. And luckily for your taste buds, it comes in a variety of produce, not just oranges and red bell peppers.
A cup of chopped broccoli packs more than an entire day's worth of C, and a cup of sliced green pepper also satisfies your daily need. Brussels sprouts, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, and cauliflower are also loaded, while cup of chopped cabbage or tomato both clock in at around a third of your DV.
You know it's in: Milk, yogurt, cheese
Surprising sources: While the vast majority-a whopping 99 percent-of calcium in your body takes up space in your bones and teeth and supports their structure and
by Candice Kumai for SHAPE.comRead More »from 3 Must-Try Avocado Recipes
Creamy, delicious avocados are a healthy way to add tons of nutrients and flavor to your meals, from breakfast to dessert. Full of monounsaturated fat, fiber, and vitamins, this versatile super fruit can be used in so many ways, both in and out of the kitchen, as these recipes prove.
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Smoked salmon with avocado and toast1. Avocado and smoked salmon on toast: Streamline your morning routine with this quick breakfast. It provides healthy fats from the avocado, protein from the smoked salmon, and tons of flavor from the tamari and lemon.
2 slices gluten-free bread
1 ripe avocado, halved
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 dash tamari soy sauce
2 slices smoked salmon
Directions: Toast bread. In a small bowl, use a fork to mash avocado with lemon juice, tamari, and pepper to taste. Spread avocado mixture on toast and top with salmon.
Nutrition score per serving: 297 calories, 16g fat
by Elizabeth Goodman Artis for SHAPE.comRead More »from 6 Reasons Drinking Water Solves Any Problem
The benefits of water go way beyond hydrationScientifically speaking, water is the basis of life, but beyond being essential to your very existence, water serves all sorts of purposes that help you feel your absolute best. No, it can't cure cancer (though it may help prevent it), pay your rent (though it does save you money), or take out the trash, but here are six reasons H2O can help solve many annoying day-to-day health issues-and possibly prevent a few big ones-from headaches to those last few pounds.
1. It boosts metabolism: Trying to lose weight? Drinking water can boost your body's ability to burn fat. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking water (about 17oz) increases metabolic rate by 30 percent in healthy men and women. The boost occurred within 10 minutes but reached a maximum 30-40 minutes after drinking.
Studies also suggest that drinking one or two glasses of water before a meal can fill you up so you naturally eat
by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.comRead More »from Is Junk Sex as Bad as Junk Food?
Is junk sex ruining your healthy lifestyle?Sex is like pizza: Even when it's bad, it's not really that bad, right? Maybe not.
A recent piece in Psychology Today by Aaron Ben-Zeév, Ph.D., explores the concept of "junk sex." Using intimacy as the "nutritional value" of healthy sex, he suggests that junk sex includes no intimacy, is reliant on "wild, intense desires," and can be addictive. Much like junk food, he reasons, it offers no nutritional value and too much of it can easily become detrimental to one's health.
However, like the occasional "cheat day," indulging in junk sex once in a while won't derail your entire healthy lifestyle. The key is to recognize when it's becoming an unhealthy habit.
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"Junk sex is sex that leaves you feeling guilty or unsatisfied," says clinical psychologist and author Belisa Vranich. "It's a lot like junk food-you get to that end and you're like, 'Uh, I wish I hadn't done that.' Both with junk food and junk sex,
by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Greek Yogurt That's Not Good for You
Is all Greek yogurt good for you?The trend of adding a "hot" ingredient to a food to attract more consumers is definitely nothing new. It has happened in the past (and continues to) with oats, flaxseeds, omega-3 fatty acids, and acai berries, to name a few. Unfortunately I feel sometimes this is more of a marketing ploy than an opportunity to really enhance a product's nutritional value.
The latest craze is Greek yogurt, and it seems like almost every food company wants to join this bandwagon. A typical 6-ounce container of low-fat plain Greek yogurt provides 130 calories, 17g protein, 7g sugar, and 200mg calcium (10 percent of the daily value). It is not surprising that it is so popular, especially among nutrition experts, with this nutrition profile. But a lot of the new products that use Greek yogurt as an ingredient don't even come close to these numbers.
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One product I found, a trail mix that features Greek yogurt front and
by Alanna Nuñez for SHAPE.comRead More »from Will a Vitamin IV Treatment Boost Your Energy?
Should you try the Vitamin drip treatments have been popular in Hollywood (Rihanna, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, and Simon Cowell are all reportedly big fans) for when celebrities need a quick boost of energy before a big event, but in recent months the trend has trickled down to the rest of the population and is now gaining popularity in doctors' offices across the U.S.
According to an article in The Daily Mail, vitamin IV treatments first became popular about five years ago when basketball players began using them as a legal way to enhance their performance.
"It's basic biochemistry; when the body has its building blocks, it works better," Jeffrey Morrison, M.D., told The Daily Mail.
Vitamin IV treatments, which are not FDA-approved as medical treatments, often include four to six weekly sessions and are made up of a cocktail of different vitamins and minerals. They can be used to treat a variety of conditions including chronic fatigue, depression, and anxiety, and can be
by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from 10 Times It's OK to Break the Rules
10 times it's OK to break the healthy living rulesYou don't eat lots of processed foods, you get to the gym every day, and generally follow the healthy living rules to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. But it can be hard to be "good" all the time. And hey, rules were meant to be broken, right?
Here are 10 instances in which being "bad" is so much better for you!
1. Go without healthy snacks: It's okay to not to eat every three hours! Research from Vanderbilt University shows that your metabolism won't nosedive if you don't snack throughout the day. In fact, it's very easy to overeat calorie wise when you're eating five or six times a day. So don't worry if you don't have time to prepare and package healthy snacks every day, just focus on your total calorie intake.
2. Choose sleep over sweat: It's okay to turn off your alarm and skip your morning workout every once in a while! This is especially true if you're trying to lose weight. A study from the University of Chicago found that sleep