You know those little stickers you peel off produce and can’t seem to get in the trash because they stick to your finger? Next time you peel one off your banana or apple, don’t be so quick to shake it off, take a look at it.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances such as vitamins A, E and C that help protect cells in the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are damaged molecules with unpaired electrons which can multiply and set the stage for disease, especially heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants can bind to these unpaired electrons neutralizing their damaging effects. The heart muscle cells, nerve cells, and certain immune system cells are the most vulnerable to free radical damage. Free radicals can form from the damaging effects of tobacco, pollution, processed foods, chemicals used to color and sweeten food and radiation. A high intake of antioxidant nutrients appears to be especially protective against cancer. Antioxidants go after free radicals like Pac-men to gobble them up and neutralize their damaging effects to the body. They are found most abundantly in fruits and vegetables.
LiveWell Colorado recently conducted an evaluation of the LiveWell@School Food Initiative to determine its impact on eight participating school districts and the results are quite promising.
Ad campaigns for packaged foods vie for our attention as they announce, ‘Made with whole grains!’ or ‘With added fiber!’ We feel good about our purchases knowing we’re feeding our children whole grains and fiber. What food companies aren’t highlighting is how much sugar, sodium, fat grams, and unpronounceable ingredients are in their product. Reading the food label gives us a closer look into what really may be lurking inside those fun and colorful packages. Here are some things to look for:
Too often, so-called comfort foods tend to be big on fat and calories as much as they are big on flavor. But with a few small ingredient changes, comfort foods can be both delicious and healthy.
Men and women who have successfully adopted healthy lifestyles know full well that combining exercise with a healthy diet is the key to getting and staying healthy. Simply visiting the gym won't work if it's not coupled with a healthy diet.
LiveWell Colorado is undertaking the bold – yet achievable – goal of ensuring all children in Colorado have access to and choose healthy food at school by 2022.
With its beloved characters and nearly a century of tradition, the magical world of Disney has become synonymous with childhood. Unfortunately, obesity has as well. Fortunately, Disney is using its magical influence to benefit the health of our children.
People have long been told by doctors and health experts that the foods they eat have a direct correlation to personal health. But the beverages individuals choose to drink could be equally as influential.
It is certainly hard to deny the appeal of cheese. On top of a burger, cheese makes every bite better. Mixed into pasta, it can turn the average dinner into a feast. And what child (or child at heart) doesn't enjoy a satisfying grilled cheese sandwich every now and then?
There has been much interest in Mediterranean cuisine and its possible medical benefits. However, individuals who prefer the spice and flair of Latin dishes are in luck; Latin food, too, has proven to be beneficial for health.
Doctors, fitness professionals and nutritionists all have ideas on what men and women should and should not eat. Choosing the right foods can help save waistlines and lives.
From restaurants to food packaging, it is difficult to escape the gluten-free craze that is sweeping the country. Whether as their own dietary preference or for a specific health reason, many people are eschewing gluten products and leaving other people wondering if they should, too.
The lazy days of summer can often result in a too-casual, graze-all-day approach to eating. When kids are on summer break and off from their normal schedules, it's important to keep a structured daily routine for both meals and snacks that keeps them feeling energized and at their best throughout the day.
It’s okay to judge a fruit or vegetable by its cover. Mother Nature provides clues to the nutritional value of its contents by the colors they wear. These beautiful array of colors contain plant chemicals (known as phytochemicals or phytonutrients) that give produce its protective health benefits; each color contains its own disease fighting nutrients.
I am often asked how a diet for an athlete or a very physically active adult differs from one for a more sedentary person or couch-potato.
Are you thinking about reaching for your second or third sugar-sweetened beverage of the day? If so, you might want to think again.
Karen was feeling fatigued. “Join the club” was the response she received from her friends whenever she mentioned her unexplained fatigue. Despite eating a healthy diet consisting of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and getting at least 7 hours of sleep per night, Karen was finding it more difficult to get through her day. The morning work out at the gym was almost too much to bear. In addition, vague abdominal pain was an almost daily occurrence. Mild diarrhea was also present.
Athletes spend numerous hours physically training their body. However, very few spend adequate time learning how to fuel their body effectively to maximize this training for peak performance. Teaching kids, teens and adults to fuel their body correctly can provide greater energy, well balanced blood sugar, stronger muscles, a sharper mind and longer lasting endurance.
From jingles for sugar-loaded cereals to flashy fast food advertisements, unhealthy food is marketed to our children at an alarming rate. With American children watching an average of 44.5 hours of television a week, they are exposed to upwards of 30,155 television advertisements a year, of which 50 percent is for candy, snacks, sugary cereals and fast food.
As the day’s first source of energy and nutrition to recharge the body and brain, most would agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I am often asked if this is true and my answer is: absolutely YES! So with that in mind, here’s some insight into one of life’s most misunderstood meals and what it should consist of.
Nutrition always seems to get an extra spotlight the first few months of the year when everyone is making and trying to keep their resolutions. Usually people think about nutrition in relation to their weight, cardiac health, or overall well being, but more and more research is showing what we eat can change the neural pathways in our brain.
Vegetarians and vegans face the challenge of finding foods that fit with their lifestyles and ideals. There are many foods that aren't vegetarian- or vegan-friendly but might appear to be so. That's because these foods contain certain ingredients that are largely animal-based products.
Today's generation of American children may be the first in two centuries to have shorter life expectancies than their parents. While there are many reasons, childhood obesity -- and its alarming rate of increase throughout the United States -- may be the most devastating one.
While Colorado is often touted as America's "leanest" state, we are certainly not immune to the growing health crisis of obesity. Nearly 55 percent of Colorado adults and a quarter of our children are overweight or obese. With a dismal ranking of 23rd in the nation, Colorado's childhood obesity rate is rising at the second-fastest rate of increase. If trends continue, only 35 percent of Coloradans will be a healthy weight by 2017.
Yesterday my toaster oven caught on fire because one of my daughters put a paper towel over her frozen Amy's Tofu and Cheese Burrito just like the directions said to do. "Mahhhmmm, my burrito's on fire!" she screamed. I dashed into the kitchen as she unplugged the appliance from the wall with its contents ablaze. "The directions said to cover the burrito with a paper towel!" she exclaimed while I smothered her burrito. She missed one important basic detail - the directions were for microwave cooking, not the toaster oven.
Millions of women around the country live with cardiovascular disease and may not know it. The consequences of being uninformed can be fatal.
Seafood has long been touted as an important part of a healthy diet. Not only does seafood tend to be lean and low in overall calories when compared to other protein sources, it is also low in saturated fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids. These components make it a heart-healthy food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential in the healthy development of the brain, which is why eating fish and shellfish can be beneficial to younger children as well as adults.
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