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Healthy Eating Roundup: Behind the headlines

How do you set priorities to assure that your “healthy choices” are doing the most good for health and vitality? Nutrition headlines in perspective

A look at several studies making headlines in the last few weeks shows that the answer may not be as clear-cut as it seems.

Let’s pull them together for a look at the big picture.

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How to Fill Your Magnesium Gap: Simple Tweaks

The latest national study shows that diets of about one in two Americans may be short on magnesium, a mineral research now links with better blood pressure control, bone health, and insulin sensitivity. Since insulin resistance and its resulting elevated insulin levels seem to raise risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, it’s worth a look.Eating Habits Low in Magnesium may Increase Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

The good news is that extreme measures are not needed. Find some smart tweaks to fill a magnesium gap in your diet, and you can actually fill multiple nutrient gaps at once.

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Nuts: Over-Hyped or Under-Eaten for a Healthy Diet?

Could eating nuts be a strategy to fight off the Big Three health problems: heart disease, cancer and diabetes?nuts are good sources of vitamin E

Headline-making studies in recent months suggest that including nuts in an overall healthy diet could protect against not only heart disease, but perhaps cancer and diabetes, too. Yet some top-selling diet books that claim to hold the key to disease-prevention call for limiting or avoiding nuts.

So what does the big picture of current research say about nuts and health? It may be that nuts’ influence on health varies with how you use them.

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Video Interview: Researchers on Antioxidants & Eating Smart

Since current research on antioxidants has moved beyond the simple messages we see in so many articles and books discussing nutrition, what do researchers actively working in the field say about healthy eating choices?

In this series on antioxidants featuring video interviews with respected researchers Navindra  Seeram, PhD and Alan Crozier, PhD, we’ve noted that most of the plant compounds hailed as antioxidants based on laboratory tests are actually poorly absorbed out of the digestive tract. They are broken down to other compounds, however, that can be absorbed. Animal and human studies suggest that consuming polyphenol-rich foods and drinks offers potential to protect our health through a variety of mechanisms that extend far beyond antioxidant effects. Here, in our final interview segment, Dr. Seeram and Dr. Crozier share what excites them about today’s research, and what it means for healthy eating choices.

Following the video, read on for practical take-home tips to amp up the healthfulness of your eating.

(Email subscribers, click here to go to my Smart Bytes® blog to view the video.)

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Prostate Cancer Update: 3 areas where evidence has changed

Do you know more today than you did a year ago? Hopefully the answer is yes.  Prostate cancer researchers are learning more all the time, too.  Some choices that once seemed to have potential to reduce risk of prostate cancer, based on research available at the time, are no longer recommended in light of today’s stronger research. At best, they appear ineffective for most men, and at worst, show potential for posing risk of their own.research resuts show new findings on nutrition and men's risk of prostate cancer

It’s national Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.  Let’s look at three areas in which steps once identified as potentially protective are no longer advised for most men.

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