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Store Shelves Loaded with Milk Alternatives

June is National Dairy Month , a time to celebrate all the nutritious benefits of milk, cheese and yogurt. But what if you don't do dairy? Whether it's for food preferences, religious purposes or health reasons, there are lots of reasons why people may not partake. Food companies have responded by developing scores of products to meet those needs, and I get lots of question...

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Going Gluten-Free for the Holidays

What would the holidays be without dinner rolls, stuffing, Christmas cookies, or pie? Besides being traditional holiday dishes, they all have one common denominator – gluten. Over the past few years, going gluten-free has become a bona fide craze. But what is the scoop on the gluten-free fad? Is a gluten poison your body would do better without? Will cutting out gluten magically m...

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Always Consider the Source for Health Information

Think fast – where do you get information on health and nutrition? Magazines at the checkout stand? Your friends, family, or doctor? How about TV or social media like Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter? With any of these, you probably have some degree of trust. But have you ever thought about whether the source is a commercial venture? What about their credentials? We often assume others hav...

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The Scoop on Smoothies

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona for a family wedding as my mom's "plus one." We took a day trip to Sedona for a hike, and our guide shared with us his favorite smoothie recipe. It was an exceedingly long list of ingredients, but included frozen fruit, coconut milk, agave nectar, spirulina, local bee pollen, and wheat grass, among other things. My first thou...

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Should You Go Paleo? Pros and Cons of the

The "Caveman Diet" is one of the hottest diets being touted by celebrities and average Joes alike. Also called the "Paleolithic Diet" or "Paleo" for short, the idea is that we should be sticking to the eating patterns of our hunter-gatherer ancestors for optimal health. With a catchy name and a scientific-sounding premise, it has the winning formula for a fad diet. Most weight loss craz...

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Top Diet Picks

  "Which diets are the best?" If I made a list of the questions I'm most commonly asked by consumers, that one would be at the top. Well, the folks at U.S. News and World Report have recently attempted to answer the age old question (check out To rank popular and less well known diets, the publication enlisted the help of...

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Take a Pass on Sea Salt - To Lower Sodium Intake, Watch the Processed Foods

We're constantly hearing about our nation's obesity epidemic, and I'm not going to lie – it is a major problem. But what about salt, that other contributor to cardiovascular woes? We need sodium (the chemical name for salt) for fluid balance, but only in very small amounts. At maximum, healthy adults can have up to 2,300 mg per day without adverse effects like high blood pressure....

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When It Comes to Energy Drinks, Buyer Beware

You may want to think twice before downing energy shots like they're water. Energy drinks may seem innocuous enough, but a 14 year old girl from Maryland died from a heart attack earlier this year after consuming two Monster energy drinks within a 24 hour period. In response, Illinois state senator Dick Durbin has asked the Federal Drug Administration to begin regulating energy drinks. Since en...

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Fad Diets May Have Merit, But Not in the Way You Might Think

It's getting a bit too warm to cover up in jeans and long sleeves now that that sunny weather is here to stay. But wait – are you ready to break out the shorts and bare those arms? Maybe not. So you start browsing the internet, talking to friends, and tuning in to late-night infomercials in search of the latest weight loss miracle. Will you try the Sacred Heart Diet? The Master Cleanse? A...

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Fad Diet or Fraud Diet? Get Wise Before You Get Scammed

Inject yourself with the pregnancy hormone hCG and you'll lose 30 pounds in 30 days! Go gluten-free to cure all your health woes! These are just a few of the myriad claims you might encounter when watching infomercials, paging through magazines or browsing the Internet. But what's true and what's not? Who can you trust when it comes to your health? It can be extremely frustrating t...

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