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Mediterranean Diet vs. Nordic Diet
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Mediterranean Diet vs. Nordic Diet

EVERY CULTURE has its own take on what makes a healthy diet. Often the variations between cuisines of different regions are based on what’s locally available. For example, the corn that America is so well known for isn’t grown in all corners of the world, while the chickpeas and olives that give Middle Eastern dish their recognizable flair may be less widely available in other parts of the world. Two regionally-inspired approaches to healthy eating have made the leap to formal, recognizable diets. Both the Mediterranean diet, which approximates the dietary habits of people living near the Mediterranean Sea, and the Nordic diet, which mimics a health-conscious, modern Scandinavian approach to food and lifestyle, are now considered good options for people everywhere. Mediterranean Diet...
Mediterranean Diet Review: Does It Work for Weight Loss?
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Mediterranean Diet Review: Does It Work for Weight Loss?

The Mediterranean diet has a long-standing reputation as one of the healthiest eating patterns around. It’s also considered one of the most popular plans among dieters because it’s flexible, rich in flavorful foods, and brimming with health benefits. In fact, the Mediterranean diet has been linked to increased weight loss, decreased inflammation, and a lower risk of chronic disease. What is the Mediterranean diet? The Mediterranean diet is a style of eating that is based on the traditional diets of Mediterranean countries like Spain, France, Italy, and Greece. Researchers noticed that people in these countries had lower rates of chronic disease, compared with those in the United States and Northern Europe, and they attributed this to their unique dietary pattern. How to f...
Can Beyond Meat Be Called Meat?
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Can Beyond Meat Be Called Meat?

A coalition for the cattle industry, Center for Consumer Freedom, took full-page ads in U.S. newspapers to let consumers know that plant-based meat substitutes are ultra-processed. Hoping to stem the tidal wave of excitement for eating plant-based meat substitutes, the ad screamed, “What’s hiding in your plant-based meat?” Over the years, the phrase “processed food” has become a negative descriptor. For example, Velveeta is a branded processed cheese product that tastes like American cheese. According to the FDA, Velveeta cannot be called cheese: its real name is “pasteurized prepared cheese product,” a term for which the FDA does not maintain a standard of identity. The days when processed food products like Velveeta could pass as real are long gone. Kraft Heinz, Campbell’s and othe...
What’s the Best Weight-Loss Diet?
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What’s the Best Weight-Loss Diet?

There’s no one right answer, says registered dietitian Andrea Dunn, RD. “The best diet is the one you’re going to follow,” she says. “And I don’t say that tongue in cheek! There’s no one diet that will fit everybody’s needs, personalities, lifestyles or food preferences.” Science-backed diets Fad diets have been around forever, and most come and go for a reason: They don’t work long-term. If you’re looking to lose weight — and keep it off — Dunn recommends starting with an eating plan backed by solid science. Here are her top 3 picks: Mediterranean Diet Technically, the Mediterranean diet isn’t a diet, Dunn says. “It’s more of a lifestyle.” Based on typical eating habits from the Mediterranean area, this plan is heavy on plant-based foods. The basics: Load up on veggies, ...
The Ideal Diet for Lower Blood Pressure
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The Ideal Diet for Lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (aka hypertension) affects 1 in 3 Americans. Medication can help control it, but as with most chronic health conditions, having healthy habits is also important. “You should always work with your doctor, but lifestyle can play a huge role in managing hypertension at every age,” says Holly Nicastro, Ph.D., M.P.H., program director in the division of cardiovascular sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. That includes not smoking, controlling stress, exercising, and eating the right kinds of foods. In fact, a healthy diet is one of the most powerful tools for lowering your numbers—and may reduce the need for medication. The DASH Diet The effect of diet on hypertension has been extensively studied. “There are many different diets with purport...
A Diet That Is Healthy For You And For The Planet
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A Diet That Is Healthy For You And For The Planet

Here’s a statistic that sticks in the throat: since the advent of agriculture, only 7,000 plant species out of a known 250,000 have been used by humans as food, according to UN biodiversity experts. Today, just 12 crops and five animal species make up 75 percent of global calorie intake. This is just one factor driving a new movement: sustainable healthy eating. It is a new aspiration in dietary circles for two reasons: unhealthy diets put more people at risk from death and disease than unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined; and global food production is the biggest single driver of environmental degradation. “Taken together, the outcome is dire,” noted a 2019 report by the EAT-Lancet Commission, an influential collective of 37 scientists from 16 countries, tasked with e...
What Is the Snake Diet, and Is It Safe?
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What Is the Snake Diet, and Is It Safe?

People seeking quick fixes to achieve weight loss might be tempted by the Snake Diet. It promotes prolonged fasts interrupted by a solitary meal. Like most fad diets, it promises quick and drastic results. This article tells you everything you need to know about the Snake Diet, including its safety and whether it works for weight loss. What is the Snake Diet? The Snake Diet promotes itself not as a restrictive diet but rather a lifestyle centered around prolonged fasting. Founded on the belief that humans historically endured periods of famine, it argues that the human body can sustain itself on just one meal a few times a week. It was invented by Cole Robinson, who calls himself a fasting coach but has no qualifications or background in medicine, biology, or nutrition. ...
Can a Climate Conscious Diet Include Meat or Dairy?
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Can a Climate Conscious Diet Include Meat or Dairy?

Two new studies are making the case that people in high-income countries need to cut back on livestock-based foods, but they're also suggesting that one-size-fits-all recommendations won't work in all cases. Though each advocates a major transformation in how the world eats and produces food in order to slow climate change—including a shift toward plant-based diets—they also say that consuming meat and dairy products in certain parts of the world, by certain populations, is critical for meeting nutritional goals. One report explores the economic case for changing current food production and consumption habits, estimating that they cause about $12 trillion a year in damage to the environment, human health and development. If countries invested just half of 1 percent of global GDP in c...
Can Your Diet Save The Planet?
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Can Your Diet Save The Planet?

Climate change and its impact on our food system is a complicated issue, but here are a few things at the crux of it. Extreme weather can delay the planting of certain crops, thereby shortening the time during which food is grown. Weather patterns can also make pests more difficult to control, and therefore, they destroy more of the food that’s grown. The nutrition quality of food is also at stake, meaning that certain crops may supply reduced amounts of vitamins and minerals. If the idea of leaving our planet and future generations better off isn’t enough to sway you to make some dietary changes, here are some planet-friendly eating practices that will leave you better off, too. Rely on more plants for protein Pulses — the term for plant-based proteins, like beans, lentils, and p...
What Is Banana Tea, and Should You Try It?
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What Is Banana Tea, and Should You Try It?

Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits. They’re highly nutritious, have a wonderful sweet taste, and serve as the main ingredient in many recipes. Bananas are even used to make a relaxing tea. What is banana tea? Banana tea is made by boiling a whole banana in hot water, then removing it, and drinking the remaining liquid. It can be made with or without the peel, depending on your preferences. If it’s made with the peel, it’s usually referred to as banana peel tea. Because banana peel tea takes longer to make due to its high fiber content, many people choose to omit the peel. Banana tea nutrition Detailed nutrition information for banana tea is unavailable. Still, as it uses whole bananas and water, it likely contains some water-soluble nutrients foun...