Eating Too Quickly May Be Bad for Your Health

When it comes to eating, slow and steady really does win the race.   Preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in California suggests that people who eat slowly are less likely than speed-eaters to become obese or to develop metabolic syndrome, which encompasses a litany of conditions associated with stroke, heart disease and[…]

How Many Calories Should I Eat on the Weekends?

Can You Take the Weekend “Off” and Still Lose Weight?   Does your diet fall apart on the weekends? Most of us are less scheduled and more relaxed on Saturday and Sunday.  Sometimes that means we eat more and exercise less on those days. If your goal is to maintain your weight, the additional calories might not[…]

Sugar 101 | Artificial Sweeteners and Sugar Substitutes

Are honey, agave nectar, or high-fructose corn syrup healthier than table sugar? And what about artificial sweeteners? To help you decide, here’s the real deal on common sweeteners.   Sugar or substitute? Sugar contributes to tooth decay and obesity, but still we spoon it onto cereal and into coffee (and the food industry puts heaps—known[…]

Sugar 101 | Kids & Sugar

Here’s the Max Amount of Sugar Kids Should Really Have In a Day   The new recommendations are about a third of what the typical American child typically consumes.   Kids should have 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar a day, the American Heart Association said Monday—about one third of what the typical American child currently[…]

10 Food Swaps for Heart-Wise Dining

Bake with flaxseeds instead of eggs, replace mayo with nonfat Greek yogurt, and see other food swaps you can make for heart-healthier meals.   Bake Your Catch How you cook your fish makes a big difference to your heart. Bake it or grill it instead of frying to cut down on artery-clogging saturated fat. Bake[…]

Sugar 101 | Natural Sugar

3 Things You Should Know About Natural Sugar by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD   As a nutritionist, I advise my clients to avoid soda, eat fruits and veggies, and sweeten recipes conservatively with natural options, like organic honey or maple syrup. Some new research, however, has left people wondering if these better-for-you sweet foods are[…]

Sugar 101 | Tips for Cutting Down on Sugar

Keeping tabs on how much sugar you’re swallowing is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The empty calories from added sugars in desserts, some drinks and candy can lead to weight gain and spikes in blood glucose levels.   The good news is that cutting down on sugar may be[…]