The answer isn't what you'd expectGrab any given cookbook, and you'll find myriad mentions of eggs, sugar, and wine--all typical recipe fare. But wait. Didn't you just read last month that sugar is toxic to human cells, and that eggs might up your risk of prostate cancer? As for wine, it either cuts your odds of developing breast cancer, or increases them, but you can't remember which. Is your cookbook trying to kill you? Or--even worse--is everything we eat associated with this dreaded disease?
It's a valid question, and one that scientists from Harvard Medical School and Stanford's Prevention Research Center wanted to answer. So they performed a (much more scientific) cookbook test of their own, choosing 50 random ingredients from the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.
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The team then pored over journals and analyzed studies involving each ingredient and cancer risk. A whopping 80% of the ingredients were included in at least one study linking them to cancer, and half the
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The answer isn't what you'd expectGrab any given cookbook, and you'll find myriad mentions of eggs, sugar, and wine--all typical recipe fare. But wait. Didn't you just read last month that sugar is toxic to human cells, and that eggs might up your risk of prostate cancer? As for wine, it either cuts your odds of developing breast cancer, or increases them, but you can't remember which. Is your cookbook trying to kill you? Or--even worse--is everything we eat associated with this dreaded disease?Read More »from Can Your Diet Really Prevent Cancer?
The secret your favorite cook is hidingIt's easy to get suckered into thinking that celebrity chef creations are nutritious--after all, their food just looks so good. But while popular chefs churn out tasty recipes, they're likely turning a blind eye to nutrition, warns a new report. In fact, a new Food Network reality TV show focuses on weight loss tips for overweight chefs.Read More »from What Celebrity Chefs Don't Want You to Know
A team of UK researchers, writing in the British Medical Journal, examined the nutritional content of 100 recipes from popular celebrity chefs including Jamie Oliver, Lorraine Pascale, and Nigella Lawson. (The study focused on chefs popular in the UK.) The researchers also looked at pre-packaged grocery store meals, and compared both to the World Health Organization's recommendations.
As it turns out, none of the meals or recipes--whether store-bought or from a celebrity cook--met the nutritional criteria. Even more surprising? Study authors discovered that many of the pre-packaged meals were actually healthier than recipes from chefs. (Surprised?
.Many people have mixed feelings about this time of year. I think it's because the festive season is never just one upbeat note. It's never only happy, only loving, only blazing fires and cherub-cheeked children. The holidays, like life itself, are equally miserable and joyful, filled with both light and shadow. The problem is that we often forget the bad stuff. We forget that last year's family gathering was a semi-disaster and believe that this year will be different. We get our hopes up. We enter the holidays with unrealistic expectations of how it's going to be and when it doesn't turn out that way, we often use food to comfort ourselves.Read More »from 12 Ways to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays
For many years, I led 1-day holiday overeating workshops, listening to people talk about their fears and their joys during the season. I heard what triggered their descent into binging and what helped them out of it. Of course, these stories weren't really about food but about how we use it to temporarily help ourselves cope. After the food is
Overate? Get Back in Skinny Jeans by Monday!Yup, it's officially an "elastic waistband Friday" for most Americans after eating just a little too much of everything in sight last night at Thanksgiving dinner. And while you probably feel bloated and guilty for overindulging, there's no reason to overeat the rest of the weekend--or throughout the holiday season. Use our simple 3-day action plan to undo the calorie damage and make a fresh start. We tell you what to eat, when to eat, how to bump up calorie burn--and give you the motivational tools you need to get back on track fast. Here's everything you need to get back in your skinny jeans by Monday!Read More »from The 3-Day Post-Thanksgiving Recovery Diet
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Like many of us, you may have woken up feeling fat, bloated, and mad at yourself for overdoing it while celebrating the holidays.
What to do: Stop beating yourself up.
"The first thing I would tell people is not to be your own worst enemy, not to be super critical," says clinical psychologist Nancy Molitor, PhD, public education
Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? Oodles of new research has uncovered ways to trim 100 calories or more from your diet without skimping on flavor. While it doesn't sound like much, shaving off 100 calories a day could help you trim 10 or more pounds a year--even if you never set foot in the gym.Read More »from 8 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds Without Exercise
Get started today with these science-backed calorie-cutting shortcuts that'll help you maintain healthy curves all year long.
1. Dim the lights
Regardless of what you thought as a kid, it turns out the dark isn't so scary after all. A new study from Cornell University says the secret to eating less--and feeling more satisfied about what you do eat--could be as simple as turning down the lights. Researchers found people who ate a meal under soft, warm lighting consumed 175 fewer calories than those who noshed in brightly lit places. The study participants who dined under mood lighting ate 18
Good Habits Gone Bad: What experts say about habits that backfireYou have the best of intentions, we know. You squat over the toilet seat at restaurants, you unwind before bed, you brush after eating. But guess what? These so-called healthy habits might actually be causing more problems than they solve. Here, 8 everyday "healthy" habits that aren't--and what to do instead.Read More »from 8 "Healthy" Habits that Aren't
1. Healthy Habit: You squat over the toilet seat
Bravo! You've saved yourself from the risks (and gross-out factor) of sitting on public toilet seats. But all that squatting might not be so good for you, either, causing an increased risk of dreaded urinary tract infections. "Squatting causes the pelvic muscles to contract and tighten around the urethra," says Elizabeth Kavaler, MD, urologist and author of a book about bladder health. "This prevents the bladder from emptying fully. Relaxed pelvic muscles will optimize flow and flush out bacteria." (Good news for cranberry juice drinkers: New research has shown that consuming cranberry products can lower your risk of UTIs).
Enjoy these easy food fixes for your most beautiful complexion everThe path to beautiful skin just might be through your stomach. "When the body is out of balance, one of the first places it reveals itself is the skin," says Ruthie Harper, MD, a board-certified internist in Austin, TX, who specializes in nutritional medicine. "If you're not getting the right nutrients, skin gets cheated out of what it needs for optimal health and beauty." Learn to make the most of your body's skin-stomach connection with these 10 food fixes that give you a healthy, glowing complexion while warding off a host of skin conditions.Read More »from 10 Things to Eat for Perfect Skin
5 Signs Your Skin Is Stressed Out
1. Power up with probiotics
When the stomach's natural flora gets out of whack because of stress, infection, or a course of antibiotics, you may experience digestive ills and skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, as well as dullness and wrinkles. "If your gut's bacteria balance is unfavorable, the toxic bacteria can leak through microscopic holes in the wall of your gastrointestinal tract and
No, your nails aren't just a canvas for pretty polish. Find out what serious problems might be hiding under your mani-pediYour nails may speak volumes about your tidiness, attention to detail, and your fashion sense. But next time you go for a polish change, take a look at your digits; they might be trying to tell you something too. Your body has a knack for letting us know when something has gone awry and your nails are no exception. Their shape, texture, color, and overall condition can clue you in on what's happening with your health over the last six months. Here are seven things--from "Skip the salon this week" to "Go see your doctor, stat!"--that your nails say about your health.Read More »from 7 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health
1. Weak, Brittle, or Splitting
The clue: If you can break or bend your nails easily, you can peel them, or they constantly split.
What it means: Brittle nails often related to advancing age. Less seriously, your nails could be overprocessed due to harsh manicures, acrylic nails, or gel wraps. "Take a break! Give your nails time to breathe," suggests Rebecca Baxt, board-certified dermatologist in New York and New Jersey.
You've heard it before: Being overweight or obese is one of the biggest risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Turns out, it might be the type of excess body fat--not simply the number on the scale--that puts you at an increased risk.
Obese patients with too much visceral fat--a type of fat that surrounds internal organs--were found to be at a significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In contrast, patients with excess subcutaneous fat--the "pinchable" fat that's right underneath the skin--didn't have that same danger.
"What we're seeing is that not all obese individuals are going to get diabetes," says lead study author James de Lemos, MD, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern. "It's not just how heavy somebody is; you can't simply put them on a scale."
Researchers aren't sure why visceral fat seems to increase a patient's diabetes risk, but deRead More »from The Body Fat You Should Worry About Most
Find out how these double-duty gadgets and tools will make losing weight easy and deliciousLet's face it: All those diet plans and low-calorie recipes mean squat if your kitchen cupboards are lacking the tools that make cooking healthy meals no-excuses easy.Read More »from 17 Kitchen Gadgets that Help You Lose Weight
Luckily, you don't have to be Julia Child in order to whip up something that's low-calorie, but still satisfying. And to prove it, we gave staple kitchen items a second look to see if they can't work beyond their intended purpose to help you trim calories and fat. The results? They totally can..
But wait! We haven't even told you the best part yet. Now that you know you can use most of what's already in your kitchen drawers, you'll easily be able to eat four 400-calorie meals a day, which, as you know by now, is the key to lasting weight loss. Plus, you'll fuel energy, rev metabolism, and feel fuller longer.
Ready to get cookin'? Read through to see all 17 double-duty kitchen gadgets now!
Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?
1. Measuring Spoon Set
If you thought these were only good for measuring liquids, think again.