5 Surprising Reasons to Eat More Garlic

Christa Sgobba wrote in Silver Sneakers for Tivity Healthy that leaning in for a close conversation after a garlic-filled meal? Not a great idea. Skipping the pungent vegetable just to avoid that pesky garlic breath? Also not smart.

“There are many health benefits relating to garlic,” says Maxine Smith, R.D., a dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic. In fact, it may affect nearly every part of your body.

Whether or not you get all the health benefits of garlic, however, depends on how you prepare and cook it. For best results, chop, mince, slice, or mash the garlic—and then let it rest for 10 minutes before exposing it to heat. Crushing garlic triggers a chemical reaction that boosts the concentrations of certain healthy compounds, according to the American Chemical Society. Heat shuts down this reaction.

After letting it sit, you can then sauté, bake, or fry the garlic as you normally would. If you eat garlic raw, like in pesto, hummus, or homemade salad dressings, you can skip this 10-minute rule and still reap the benefits. Read more

10 Ways to Start Losing Weight

Christa Sgobba wrote for Silver Sneaker by Tivity Health that you know you want to lose weight, and you have a pretty good idea of what you should do to make it happen. You just need to get started. And unfortunately, that’s often the hardest part.

When motivation is lacking, remember this: Shedding pounds does not require a complete diet-and-exercise overhaul. In fact, starting small is often the best way to meet—and maintain—your weight loss goals, says Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., founder of CORE in Boston. The good habits you adopt can snowball, leading to bigger changes down the line too, he says.

Here are ten ways to start losing weight with minimal effort.

1. Eat Foods That Hydrate You

It may sound counterintuitive, but eating more food can be a key to weight loss—as long as we’re talking about foods with a high water content, says Christine Rosenbloom, Ph.D., R.D., author of Food and Fitness After 50.

Eating water-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, or broth-based soups can fill you up, leaving you less likely to overeat on more calorie-dense foods, she says.

In fact, a study published in the journal Appetite found that when people ate a broth-based vegetable soup 15 minutes before a pasta lunch, they consumed 20 percent fewer calories overall, compared to when they just ate their main meal. The researchers believe the soup slows the rate at which food moves through your digestive tract, which can increase feelings of satiety.

There’s a mental benefit too: Seeing more food in front of you can make you feel less deprived, Rosenbloom says. And that can cut your urge to end your meal with a calorie-rich dessert.

Try starting your meal with a broth-based soup, even if you’re eating at home. Not a soup fan? Look for other ways to include more water-rich foods to your plate. “Add two or three leaves of lettuce or more tomato on your sandwich,” Rosenbloom says. Read more

Believe It Or Not, Coffee Helps You Live Longer!

 www.coffemakerguide.com shared with Healthy Lombard that finally, this is the news that all coffee lovers have been waiting for. After all the negative Nellies clamoring about the ill-effects of coffee, a hearty news comes our way: Coffee can help you live longer! No, this is not a claim by coffee addicts in fact these are conclusions by two separate studies! Thus, the magic of Science has proven that a greater consumption of coffee could result in the drinker living a longer life.

One of the two is a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The study explores the relation between coffee consumption and mortality. The study was conducted in 521,330 people scattered around 10 European countries. The scientists observed the liver function and metabolic health in relation to coffee consumption. After a period of time, it was noticed that subjects that had been consuming coffee had a lower mortality rate. Finally, the study mentions that drinking coffee is directly related to reduced risk of dying from various causes and the relationship of coffee and mortality did not vary by the country.

The second study, again published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, tried a more inclusive approach and studied non-white sections of the population. This study included 185,855 people with diverse background and ethnicities like Native Hawaiians, African Americans, Latinos, and Japanese Americans. This study declared that the result is the same as the first study irrespective of the race of the person participating in the study. Thus, coffee increases longevity in general despite varied race, lifestyle, and dietary preferences. Interestingly, the study claimed that those who drank 2-4 cups of coffee in a day had 18% lower risk of dying than those who did not consume the beverage.

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Cancer Fighting Foods

 

Evelyn Sherman, a member of  the content team at Steroidsmag, is an ardent health lover, and writer who shares information about health supplements, does product reviews ,and also shares awesome tips on living a healthy life.

In today’s article, Evelyn talks about how Cancer and food habits have a close link and that this has been proved over and over again. Hence it is important to choose the foods we eat carefully. We are pleased to share below top 12 cancer fighting foods and we are sure it will go a long way in helping you and your family members to stay healthy. These foods are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and when they are consumed regularly they could help a lot in preventing various forms of cancers. The foods mentioned below have been chosen after quite a bit of research and therefore they will be useful in more ways than one.

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Overcoming Roadblocks to Healthy Eating

The National Institute of Aging shared that some common problems, like those listed below, can make it harder for older people to follow through on smart food choices.

Here are some problem-solving suggestions.

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What You Should Know About Artificial Sweeteners

ELIZABETH LASETER  shared with Cooking Light that artificial sweeteners are abundant in sugar-free beverages such as diet soda, fruit juices, and energy drinks, but they’re also used in processed foods such as candy, yogurt, bread, and even microwave popcorn. But how safe are they, and if you’re cutting out sugar, are they a good replacement? We called on several experts to weigh in.

Also called high-intensity sweeteners, artificial sweeteners are used to sweeten many food and beverage products without increasing grams of sugar. The majority are “non-nutritive,” meaning they flavor food without adding additional calories. They’re also much sweeter (sometimes hundreds of times sweeter) than table sugars such as granulated or brown sugar, and just a small amount can deliver an intense punch of sweetness to foods.   Read more

The New Food Pyramid for Older Adults

Lisa Fields wrote for Silver Sneakers  by Tivity Health that it’s never too late to start eating healthier. But if it’s been a while since you’ve checked your habits, you may need a refresher on what a “well-balanced diet” actually means these days.

The general recommendations from yesteryear–including the USDA’s Basic Four food groups, the Food Wheel, and the Food Guide Pyramid–are outdated. Now the USDA uses a MyPlate icon that serves as a reminder for healthy eating, showing about how much Americans should consume from each of five categories: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.

Unlike its predecessors, MyPlate is not intended to provide specific guidelines but rather offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs. That may not sound very helpful at first, but it’s based on the fact that a healthy diet isn’t exactly the same for everyone. It’s shaped by many factors, including preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and your stage of life.

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6 Foods You Should Never Eat for Breakfast

Christa Sgobba wrote for Silver Sneaker in Tivity Health that for most people, the time between dinner tonight and breakfast tomorrow morning is the longest you’ll go without food. So when that alarm goes off, your body is ready for fuel.

“The name says it all: Break fast,” says Jen Bruning, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “It’s important that we eat something within the first hour or two of waking so that we can reassure our bodies that more food is coming in.”

Otherwise, your body might think it’s in a state of famine, resulting in sluggishness as it tries to conserve its resources, Bruning says. But that doesn’t mean you should eat just anything. A solid morning meal—one that combines fiber, protein, and healthy fat—sets you up for more consistent energy levels, improved mood and concentration, and better control of your blood sugar. Problem is, many popular breakfast items do just the opposite.

Here are six foods that can ruin your day before you even leave the house—plus, what you should eat instead. Read more

Choosing Healthy Restaurant Meals

Go For Life from the National Institute on Aging suggests that going out to eat is enjoyable, but restaurants often serve large meals, which can be high in calories, fat, and salt. Don’t be afraid to ask how items on the menu are prepared and request substitutions.

Here are a few tips from Go4Life to help make your meal both delicious and nutritious.

  • Order a salad with lean meat, low-fat or fat-free cheese, and other healthy toppings. Choose low-fat or fat-free salad dressing, and ask for the dressing on the side so you can control how much you use.
  • Choose foods that are baked, broiled, braised, grilled, steamed, sautéed, or boiled. Avoid fried food.
  • Hold the “special sauces.” Ask the kitchen not to top your dish with butter or whipped cream.
  • Select foods with a tomato-based or red sauce instead of a cream-based or white sauce. Tomato-based sauces usually contain more vitamins, less fat, and fewer calories.
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What Are the Best and Worst Foods?

 shared on NutritionalFacts.org that he always pictured his role primarily as providing the latest science, but you can’t understand all the new discoveries without a good foundation. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has a chapter on food components to reduce. But, when they say things like “reduce intake of solid fats (major sources of saturated and trans fatty acids),” what does that mean in terms of which foods to cut down on?

Similarly, there’s a chapter on nutrients we should increase our intake of, so-called “shortfall nutrients.” But, when they say we need more magnesium, for example, what does that mean in terms of actual food? There’s no magnesium aisle in the grocery store. In my video What Are the Healthiest Foods? I analyze 20 different types of foods to see, based on the federal guideline criteria, which are the healthiest and which are the least healthy. There are a lot of fascinating charts in the video, so I encourage you to check it out.

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