Category Archives: Healthy diet

What’s Better for You: Butter or Margarine? Red Wine or White?

Here’s the latest research on smart food choices as we age

By Maureen Callahan for Next Avenue

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Take a deeper look at the current line of thinking on 4 popular food duels. [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

In the world of nutrition, certain debates seem to ping pong back and forth. Like the issue of butter vs. margarine. Or the battle between coffee and tea. It all starts when a new study comes along that seems READ MORE

Are you getting enough protein? Too much?

How obsessing over protein could be harmful to your health

By Rashelle Brown for Next Avenue

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If you’re like me, you often find yourself confused by how many health headlines contradict one another. Lately, I’ve found this to be true where protein is concerned, particularly the protein needs of adults aged READ MORE

Lighten up your favorite recipes of yesteryear

You don’t have to give up all the flavor if you use a “sliding scale of decadence”

By Joanna Pruess for Next Avenue

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Do you long to eat favorite foods from your youth without a side order of guilt? With creative tweaking, chocolaty brownies, creamy scalloped potatoes, hearty meatloaf, green bean-mushroom casserole with fried onions and other comfort foods can READ MORE

Can we delay aging?

Research on animals suggests we could improve humans’ healthy lifespan

By Felipe Sierra for Next Avenue

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Editor’s note: This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging.

No, we cannot “prevent aging”… but what if we could delay it?

Unfortunately, the deterioration READ MORE

Why food labels are so misleading

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Even when accurate, they may not reflect good choices

By Rashelle Brown for Next Avenue

If you care about your health and pay attention to nutrition, then you probably read the labels on the back of the packaged food products you buy. Would it surprise you to learn that in doing so, you might actually be making yourself less READ MORE

Fifty-something diet: 4 tips to help you age well

How you can fine-tune your eating habits to live longer and healthier

By Maureen Callahan for Next Avenue

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A bowl of oatmeal every morning, a handful of nuts, five servings of fruits and vegetables a day — researchers seem to be slowly compiling a grocery list of foods that can extend your lifespan.

At the same time, there are quite a READ MORE

7 things you should be doing for your bones now

Half of us over 50 will have weak bones by 2020 unless we make changes

By Rhoda Fukushima for Next Avenue

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When registered dietitian Toby Smithson gave presentations on bone health, she’d bring three bags of flour, each with a different amount. One bag represented osteoporosis. Another bag represented osteopenia, or bone whose density is lower than normal READ MORE