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The Right Amount of Chocolate

Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate or cocoa, contains health-promoting substances called flavonoids. These chemicals may have extensive biological properties that help prevent disease and promote human health. Flavonoids act as antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. This…

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What You Should Know About Phytochemicals

The term “phytochemical” can refer to a wide variety of compounds that are produced by plants. “Phyto” means plant, so phytochemicals are plant chemicals. Specific names for phytochemicals include flavonoids, isoflavones, catechins, anthocyanidins, carotenoids, allyl sulfides and…

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Cranberry Juice for Better Health

100% cranberry juice is a good source of Vitamin C along with other antioxidants. A study from the American Chemical Society showed new evidence that cranberry juice may help raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and increase plasma antioxidant levels, thereby reducing the risk of heart…

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Diet Drinks and Children—What is the Right Amount?

Children at least through the age of 10 require adequate nutrients to ensure proper growth and development. Height/weight growth charts allow doctors to assess whether the child is growing adequately. When children are exposed to restrictive diets, they may not be consuming enough…

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Butter vs. Margarine…The Great Debate

The debate is still as hot today as it was when the question first arose. Let’s look at the nutritional facts and determine which is better for you. Butter—saturated fats and cholesterol Butter is an animal fat and contains both saturated fat and cholesterol, which raise our blood…

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The Difference Between “Nutritionist” and “Dietician”

The majority of the general public does not realize that there is a significant difference between a Nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian. When you want nutrition information based on scientific literature, or want to know how food promotes health and fights disease, depend on the…

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Include All Elements of Exercise to Lose Weight

Congratulations on increasing your physical activity. And, yes, you are right to want to incorporate strength training in to your routine. In fact, strength training should be included in all weight-loss programs for several reasons: Muscle preservation: A diet-only approach can…

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Apple Juice & Memory Function

Antioxidant rich apple juice has many important health benefits. In a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, consumption of apple juice might help prevent the decline in cognitive performance that can accompany the aging process. This is an important study because of the rise in…

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