by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.com
What do you really know about antioxidants?For the last decade we as have heard repeatedly how important antioxidants are for us, and every other day we learn about another new superfood claiming magical powers-maybe because there seems to be always some emerging research in this field. But what's funny to me is that most people don't even know what an antioxidant is.
According to a new survey for MonaVie, a nutritional products company, 92 percent of Americans cannot give an accurate description of an "antioxidant." In addition, 91 percent cannot recognize one or more sources of foods rich in antioxidants, even though 75 percent of Americans say they try to eat foods full of this nutrient.
So what is an antioxidant?
An antioxidant is a vitamin, mineral, or other nutrient that may protect and repair cells in the body against damage caused by free radicals. A free radical could occur for many reasons, including exposure to pollution, tobacco smoke, chemicals, or an unhealthy diet.
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by Mike Roussell, SHAPE Diet Doctor, ph.D., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Are GMO Food Risks Overblown?
Should you really be worried about GMO food?The topic of genetically modified foods is one that is hotly debated, but the problem is that the phrase GMO is very broad and encompasses techniques and modifications to food that you potentially should and shouldn't be concerned about. At this point in time there doesn't seem to be an overt benefit or risk to consuming GMO foods, but let's explore a little further.
What Are the Major GMO Foods?
According to the FDA, the big three GMO foods are soybeans, corn, and canola. But the FDA has also evaluated the safety of genetic modifications to flax, tomatoes, potatoes, cantaloupe, alfalfa, creeping bentgrass, papaya, sugar beets, wheat, squash, radicchio, and plums. The FDA lists consultations on GMO foods and what was genetically modified in the food to warrant the safety consultation on its website.
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Benefits of GMO Foods
In the mid- to late 1800s, monk Gregor Mendel, the "father
by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from CNN's "Weed" Reveals the Truth About Pot
New documentary sheds some light on the effects of marijuana Chances are you were too glued to Breaking Bad last night (and we don't blame you) to even notice the other drug-related show that premiered. Over on CNN, an aptly titled documentary called "Weed" explored the good and the bad when it comes to smoking pot, trying to answer the question of whether or not it should be legal everywhere.
Coming on the tails of CNN anchorman Piers Morgan and Sanjay Gupta, M.D., admitting last week to having tried the stuff ("years and years ago!") and Washington and Colorado recently legalizing it, this documentary was riveting in its own way.
The show opened with the story of Charlotte, a 5-year-old girl suffering from a rare form of epilepsy that causes her to have hundreds of life-threatening seizures a day. After receiving liquid drops of marijuana, the child is instantaneously cured. If I hadn't had my laptop on my lap, I might have jumped up and yelled "It's a miracle!" as her recovery was so immediate and so
by Cristina Goyanes for SHAPE.comRead More »from Why We Love Jesse Pinkman (and Other Bad Guys)
Do you fall for bad boys?NOTE: Breaking Bad spoilers ahead
Sure, Jesse Pinkman is a high school dropout and former junkie who works in the drug business and has killed a man, but he has also captured the visceral adoration of every woman in America with a beating heart and a cable TV subscription.
Attraction to the "bad boy" is hardly a new phenomenon, but this character, played by two-time Emmy-winning Aaron Paul on AMC's addictive drama Breaking Bad, has a singular ability to make the average female viewer feel like she has been in a tumultuous relationship with a meth cook since 2008. (It has been a rough few years but I'm getting through it!)
In honor of the much-anticipated premiere of the series' final eight episodes on August 11, we decided to take a deeper look at what it is about Jesse that makes us love him against our better judgment. Ladies, if you tend to choose the wrong guy, take note. This analysis by clinical psychologist and SHAPE advisory board member Belisa
by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for SHAPE.comRead More »from Why a 9-Month Pregnancy is a Myth
Why everything we thought about pregnancy is wrongFree diapers, coupons, unsolicited advice from strangers on the bus-when you first become pregnant, you get a lot of things! But one of the most important things you get is your due date, which is key for everything from measuring fetal health to tracking on baby sites which piece of fruit your fetus resembles.
Plus, "When are you due?" is always the first question people ask when they spot your bump. But new research from the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences says that assigning women a due date may do more harm than good because normal pregnancies can vary by up to five weeks.
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The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, followed 125 women with normal, uncomplicated pregnancies and discovered that there was much wider range of "normal" than previously thought. "We were a bit surprised by this finding," Anne Marie Jukic, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Aug 8, 2013 10:54 AM EDT
by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Fast-Food Breakfasts Healthier Than the Taco Waffle
Should you try the Taco Bell Waffle Taco?Taco Bell recently announced plans to expand its test of waffle tacos in preparation for the launch of a national breakfast menu next year. The handheld item-a fried waffle wrapped around scrambled eggs and sausage, served with a side of syrup-will be offered at 100 additional locations in California, Nebraska, and Tennessee.
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But at 460 calories and 30 grams (g) of fat, this is not the healthiest on-the-go option. And when you think of some of the other sandwich options, including the glazed donut breakfast sandwich at Dunkin Donuts (a fried egg and bacon sandwiched between glazed donuts) and Wendy's sausage biscuit that clocks in at 570 calories and 1,390 milligrams (mg) sodium, you may think you're better off having nothing than grabbing a to-go meal if you're busy.
However, there are seven fast food breakfast sandwiches that I whole-heartedly approve of, although they represent only three
by Nicole Williams for SHAPE.comRead More »from The Dos and Dont's of Smart Networking
7 tips to help you network like a bossSocial media has made it easier than ever before to network with people who could help you gain valuable advice, insight, and connections. But just because it's easy to access people doesn't mean you should-at least not without a nod to some good old-fashioned etiquette rules from the pre-2.0 era.
I am fortunate to meet a lot of interesting people and to be part of a lot of industry events, panels, and the like. I also genuinely like to connect with people. But lately I feel like the boundaries of "professional" contact are getting a bit blurry. I'm not suggesting we go back to an era of formal notes asking for appointments delivered by butlers on silver platters. But I do think a little more manners would go a long way.
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Mostly, I think good-versus-bad networking etiquette is a question of respect. I don't mean genuflecting or addressing someone formally (although "oh holy brand queen" or "empress of
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 6, 2013 1:57 PM EDT
by Elizabeth Goodman Artis for SHAPE.comRead More »from 7 Surprising Ways Junk Food Can Make You Miserable
You already knew junk food was bad for you, but here are a few reasons it's even worse than you thought...Sugar, bad fats, processed carbohydrates. These dietary devils are what make up the bulk of all junk food-and bulk isn't the only thing they cause.
According to Jim White, R.D, owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios in Virginia Beach, VA, foods like processed "white" carbs, packaged cookies, potato chips, sugary sodas, and high-fat burgers and fries not only pack on pounds, they can cause physical symptoms and conditions that make you look and feel like, well, crap.
These seven potential side effects of a diet high in junk food just might inspire you to make a beeline for the nearest Whole Foods.
1. Botox before your time: What's bad for your waist is also bad for your face. Sugars, trans fats (used to extend the shelf life of some packaged foods), and starches can cause insulin to surge and trigger an inflammatory response, the end product of which is called glycation. This speeds the aging process (gives you wrinkles) by deactivating the
by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for Shape.comRead More »from What the New Gluten-Free Standards Means for You
Should you go gluten-free?The recent news about the Food and Drug Administration's new standard for labeling gluten-free foods had me a little shocked. Who knew that the FDA had not regulated all the products claiming to be "gluten free" on our grocery shelves already-certainly not me.
I was thrilled to hear that after a six-year delay, all products labeled "gluten free", as well as "no gluten," ''free of gluten," and "without gluten," will have to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Interestingly, these products don't have to be 100% free of wheat, rye, barley and their derivatives, but according to the medical community this amount is recognized as safe for those individuals who suffer from celiac disease.
So what is gluten anyway? Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in wheat, rye, and barley. And for those who suffer from celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune condition, their bodies produce antibodies that attack and damage the lining of the small
by Keri Gans, R.D.N., for SHAPE.comRead More »from Will Eating Late at Night Make You Fat?
Can your late-night snacking habit pack on the pounds?Last week, I co-hosted a twitter chat for Shape.com. There were so many great questions, but one particularly stood out because more than one participant asked it: "How bad is it to eat after 6 p.m. (or 8 p.m.) for weight loss?"
I love this question. Truthfully, my patients ask it all the time. And my answer is almost always the same: "Eating late at night doesn't cause you to gain weight, but eating too much late at night will."
Let's review: If your body needs 1,800 calories to maintain a healthy body weight and you ate only 900 calories by the time it was 9 p.m., you could in reality eat another 900 before bedtime. The problem is the longer it gets until dinnertime, the hungrier you get, and for most people the chances they will overeat increases. So what ends up happening is excess calories are consumed. I sometime explain this as the "domino effect." You've waited so long to eat that by the time you do, you can't stop.
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