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Do you have bloating, gas, upset stomach, abdominal cramping, and discomfort after eating? Poor eating habits, such as inadequately chewing food, eating late in the day and “eating on the run” can wreak havoc on your digestive system by causing inadequate production of digestive enzymes.

This great article from Fox News offers 5 good tips to help decrease or prevent indigestion. Click here for the full story.

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In a policy statement published in the July issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging federal law makers to eliminate junk food ads from children’s TV shows and other media. Currently, children see about 11 junk food ads for every hour of television they watch, which may be contributing to childhood obesity –one in three American adolescents is overweight or obese. Incremental eating habits have been shown to affect children drastically. Along with reducing TV time, pediatricians recommend that parents guide their children toward healthy eating habits like drinking water instead of sports drinks, snacking on fruits and vegetables, and replacing fast food with home-cooked family dinners. Get more tips to help children maintain a healthy weight.

Why Trans Fats are Bad for You

February 15th, 2011

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Two words: heart disease. Trans fats (a.k.a. trans fatty acids) are created through an industrial process called hydrogenation, which is meant to add a longer shelf-life to perishable foods. Hydrogenated oils are commonly found in processed foods like cookies, cakes, crackers, and even bread. They are also used as cooking oils (called “liquid shortening”) for frying in restaurants. Trans fats not only raise the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol, they also lower the level of HDL (good) cholesterol, leading to plague buildup in the arteries, which can cause heart disease. Read this short blog about trans fats and what to avoid when reading food labels.

Nutritionists have long said that fast food is no substitute for a healthy meal, but visual proof can be more convincing.  In this video, author Julia Havey shows off a fast food hamburger and french fries that she has been saving for 4 years and, believe it or not, they look more or less the same as the day she purchased them.  Bread, meat and potatoes should decompose if left out, right? If these fast food products don’t decompose, are they really food? Watch the video above to see for yourself or read what scientists have to say about the shelf life of some fast foods.

Balancing a hectic schedule with one’s career, family and friends can leave little time for cooking healthy and buying fresh foods at the grocery or farmer’s market. However, giving into the drive thru and eating out regularly can both add to your waistline and expenses. Here are 10 tips for eating healthy on a budget.

Six Healthy Superfoods Under $1

September 21st, 2009

You may think the dollar value menu at your local fast food chain is a bargain, but the low cost of foods high in fat and calories can come at a much bigger cost to your health. Superfoods are foods high in nutritional value. Check out this dollar value menu for six superfoods that deliver the most nutritious bang for your buck (or less).

With so many quick and easy fast food options, it’s often difficult to eat healthy on the go. But, many fast food chains are stepping up with healthier menu options. Here are some tips for making healthier choices in the “fast” lane.