New Guidelines on High Blood Pressure

BP CuffHigh blood pressure (hypertension) has been called the “silent killer” because it often has no discernable symptoms. Left untreated, however, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, loss of vision and other maladies. Everyone should have their blood pressure checked regularly. This is especially so if someone in your family has had it, as there is a strong genetic component that dictates the level of risk. READ MORE

Have a Nutritious, Delicious Thanksgiving!

veggie turkeyThanksgiving is here again, kicking off the holiday season. And ‘tis the beginning of many festive events, most with food being front and center. This can cause a certain amount of trepidation about overeating and weight gain, putting at least a small damper on spirits. After all, about half of all weight gained annually occurs during the winter holidays. READ MORE

Why Micronutrients Are Beneficial For Those Suffering From Mesothelioma

Approximately 11 million people throughout the world receive a cancer diagnosis each year. While the most common forms are rectal, colon, lung, breast or prostate cancer, the numbers of those suffering from mesothelioma are also on the rise. Many scientists believe that the number of persons suffering from this ailment will double by the year 2030. READ MORE

Coming Soon…Menu Labeling!

people eating in restaurantAfter years of political wrangling, menu labeling will finally begin December 1 of this year. All restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations must provide calorie information on menus and menu boards. This includes food facilities in entertainment venue chains such as movie theaters and amusement parks, and also alcoholic beverages served in the covered food establishments and listed on the menu. Consumers, as noted on menus and menu boards, must also be provided, upon request, written nutrition information about total calories, total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars and protein. The menu labeling mandate is a part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care). READ MORE

Train Your Brain to Love Healthy Food

Cake or fruit choiceWe weren’t born loving cheeseburgers and hating spinach. Our “taste conditioning” has been developed via many years of eating high-fat, high-sodium, and sugar-laden foods offered by restaurants and a plethora of processed “convenience” foods. A recent study by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center has determined that we can, in fact, re-condition our taste buds to enjoy healthier options. READ MORE