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  • Don’t Let Hot Dogs Strike You Out This Baseball Season

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | April 2, 2018

    hot-dogThis past Thursday, the Major League Baseball teams celebrated Opening Day – kicking off a season of increased colorectal cancer risk for baseball fans. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, baseball fans are expected to eat more than 19 million hot dogs during the 2018 season. But even eating just one hot dog a day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer, which kills more than 50,000 Americans per year.

    In 2015, the World Health Organization released a report declaring hot dogs and other processed meats “carcinogenic to humans.” Read more

  • Help Change the Dietary Guidelines

    by Paula Gallagher | March 28, 2018

    myplateFamiliar with this image? Most of us have seen some version of this nutritional tool developed by the USDA that offers nutritional recommendations to help us choose the right foods and the right amounts of those foods. The Food Guide has changed a lot over time, with the most current being called MyPlate. Although there has been improvement in the development over the years to healthier recommendations, there is still a long way to go.

    Dr Mark Hyman is asking for everyone's help to change the dietary guidelines so that they promote optimal health and wellness, as well as make sure the new guidelines represent current nutritional science – not just benefit to corporate interests. The USDA is asking for your input on the new Dietary Guidelines process by March 30, 2018. Read more

  • Lunch Today: Rainbow Salad

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | March 27, 2018

    rainbow-salad"Taste the rainbow" should be a slogan for fruits and vegetables and not for candy! The more color on your plate, the more nutrients you are getting, like the following. This colorful, nutrient-rich rainbow salad is chock full of flavonoids – phytochemicals that give many plants their vibrant color. It is also loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants that will provide you with extra nutrition. These foods also provide iron, calcium, fiber, and a modest 2 grams of protein per serving. Read more

  • Minerals and Why We Need Them

    by Paula Gallagher | March 26, 2018

    We have taken a look at vitamins, and now we move on to minerals in our series Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc. There are about 3,800 known minerals, 21 of which are essential to the healthy functioning of the human body. An essential mineral is any mineral required by the body for health, that cannot be produced by the body and so has to be provided by your diet. Some minerals, such as lead, are toxic to humans.

    Essential minerals can be classified into two groups, microminerals and macrominerals. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Artichoke Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | March 21, 2018

    artichokesIt's finally spring... at least on the calendar! And even though there may be snow falling in much of the United States right now, I can't help but feel that I need lighter, fresher meals. This artichoke salad is a fresh take on potato salad. This recipe is particularly good in the spring, when new potatoes, artichokes and leeks are in season and at their most tender, but if you are gung-ho on saying goodbye to winter, this salad can be a good option any time of year by trading out the artichokes for jarred artichokes or swapping them for whatever is seasonal in your area... think broccoli, green beans, or even radicchio. Read more

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