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Proper nutrition is vital to reaching a healthy weight and providing your body with the nutrients it needs to function at an optimum level. Learn how to plan meals and choose foods that boost your energy, help fight disease, and promote healthy weight loss. 

Anti-inflammatory foods that can help you lose weight

Anti-inflammatory foods that can help you lose weight

Inflammation is your body’s way of reacting to trauma, and is a vital part of the healing process when you become sick or injured. For example, when you fall down and skin your knees, the redness and sensation of burning that follows is your body’s way of mending and healing itself. However, inflammation can also occur inside of your body, especially when you consume drugs, chemicals, and other toxins that don’t naturally belong inside the human body.

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The pros and cons of looking at #foodporn

The pros and cons of looking at #foodporn

If you spend time on Twitter and Instagram, chances are you’ve seen your fair share of food photos labeled with the hashtag, ”#foodporn.” Encompassing photos that range from simple bowls of fruit, to hot sandwiches piled with mounds of gooey cheese, to delectable-looking hot fudge sundaes, the #foodporn hashtag allows foodies to ogle other people’s proudest culinary creations. However, new research shows that looking at too much food porn could be ruining your appetite.

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Should I eat this?! Addressing the confusion around dieting

Should I eat this?! Addressing the confusion around dieting

Many sources you’ll come across on the Internet offer different, even contradictory advice on proper weight-loss dieting. If you are working on developing better eating habits as part of your lifestyle, it’s best to understand which practices are best, and which ones you should avoid. Having a clear understanding of how to diet properly will help prevent you from regressing back to old eating habits (known as the “yo-yo effect”) and gaining back the weight you worked so hard to lose. Here are five common questions about weight loss.

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Don’t empty your kitchen yet! Low-calorie ingredient options for your favorite meals

Don’t empty your kitchen yet! Low-calorie ingredient options for your favorite meals

A key component to maintaining a healthy diet is monitoring your daily calorie intake. Many weight-loss diets have a lower maximum recommended daily intake of calories than the average diet. But don’t worry about clearing out your kitchen and completely restocking it just yet. You can still enjoy many of your favorite foods by replacing certain ingredients. “24 Food Swaps That Slash Calories” by Health provides a variety of low-calorie options for different takes on familiar recipes. Some of these options include:

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Natural sugars vs. added sugars on nutrition labels

Natural sugars vs. added sugars on nutrition labels

With multiple options to choose from in grocery stores, many consumers rely on nutrition labels to help them better understand which food products are best for their health. Food labels can provide you with useful information about the food’s contents, such as the number of calories in each serving. Unfortunately, food labels fail to demonstrate the difference between natural sugars and added sugars. Research has shown that the human body has difficulty processing the large amounts of sugar added to many processed foods. High levels of added sugar intake can lead to the development of health conditions such as  type 2 diabetes and liver disease.

The FDA is fighting to make it a requirement for food companies to display the amount of natural sugars versus added sugars on food labels. Knowing the ratio of added sugars versus natural sugars can help you determine which food products are best for your health.

Learn more about the FDA’s proposal for updated nutrition labels from the LA Times article, “Sugar in food is poorly labeled, and the industry likes it that way.”

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