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How Good is Garlic?

Recent studies have sparked debate over whether or not garlic can help lower cholesterol. While that discussion rages back and forth, another set of findings about garlic’s health benefits tends to get overlooked.

Inflammation: A New Link to Disease

One of the current “hot topics” in health research is how a certain kind of inflammation might affect our risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even cancer.

Do You Know What You Eat?

Studies show that most people don’t have an accurate view of their eating habits. The right kind of record-keeping can often supply people with the answers like nothing else can.

Serving More, Eating More

Several new studies show that the famous phrase “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” may accurately describe U.S. eating habits. It may also help explain the increase in obesity and weight-related health problems we face today.

Trans Fat Gets More Attention

Changes are coming that may help consumers cut back on trans fat. More detailed information on food labels may help us make wiser health choices.

Getting Help for Fitness

Physical activity is now recognized as a major factor in staying healthy and reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Joining a health club or fitness center can be an excellent way to get motivated and get moving. But experts warn that you should take time to choose wisely.

Health Claims on Labels: The Whole Story

Many foods now carry a label identifying them as sources of fiber or other substances that can lower the risk of heart disease or other health problems. But you may still miss the details and overestimate the impact of a particular food.

Most Americans Get Less Fiber Than They Think

Surveys show that most Americans think they’re getting enough dietary fiber. Yet more than 72 percent of those who say they get enough fiber actually eat less than the minimum recommended amount for good health.

What Do You Expect from a Vitamin Pill?

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that nearly half of Americans now take some kind of nutritional supplement. Yet studies also show that people often take supplements for nutrients they have already consumed in adequate amounts, and miss supplementing the nutrients they may lack.

Is Natural Better

Many Americans are reportedly misled by foods or supplements labeled natural, assuming that they are healthier or safer than other foods.

Restaurant Portions and Waistlines Growing Together

Studies show that as people eat out more often, their calorie consumption goes up. This is probably due not just to what we order, but also how much. New research shows that restaurant portion sizes have grown markedly, with amounts two to five or more times larger than the standard serving size.

Confusion Over Trans Fats

Trans fatty acids, commonly referred to as trans fats, are formed when vegetable oils are hydrogenated to harden and stabilize them. They have been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Researchers are now investigating other possible adverse effects.

Insulin Resistance Poses Many Health Risks

High body levels of the hormone insulin, seen in what is called metabolic syndrome, or syndrome X, have gone from being an incidental finding among some overweight and inactive people to a major health concern that could mean a higher risk of diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease and stroke.

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