Eat to lower your cholesterol October 06, 2017 - Keeping your cholesterol low is an important factor in heart health. You can accomplish this by watching (or reducing) your weight through exercise and by choosing the right foods. Excess weight increases your risk of having high levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein), or the“bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and low levels of HDL (high density lipoprotein), which is the“good” cholesterol. Often, just losing weight can help you lower your cholesterol. Snack healthily: if you want to munch October 06, 2017 - Let’s face it – it’s a busy life these days. There’s nothing really wrong with snacking – as long as our choices are healthy ones. Need something you can sink your teeth into? The American Heart Association offers some good choices if you crave a crunchy snack. Snack healthily: if you want to fill up October 06, 2017 - Sometimes, we’re just so busy that our “snacks” have to substitute for meals. Eating small amounts throughout the day can be healthy, especially if we concentrate on protein, whole grains and veggies. The American Heart Association offers some good choices if you need a snack to substitute for a meal: Snack healthily: if you want to cut out sugar September 30, 2017 - Many of us want to reduce the amount of sugar we consume. Sugary drinks: use with care September 30, 2017 - Although millions of people enjoy them, sugary drinks can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions. The Harvard School of Public Health reports that people who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes (once known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes -- a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar)than people who rarely have such drinks. Eat fish and whole grains for heart health September 30, 2017 - Did you know that two servings of different types of fish each week can reduce the risk of heart disease? What does “nutritious” mean to you? September 30, 2017 - According to a study published in the journal Nutrients, the word “nutritious” has a very different meaning depending on whether you’re a nutritionist or a consumer. In the study, nutrition experts and lay people provided definitions of the term “nutritious” and evaluated the “nutritiousness” of 20 different snack foods in a cross-sectional survey. Expert and lay definitions differed considerably, with experts using terms such as nutrient-density, macro- and micronutrients, kilojoules/calories. How much fruit and vegetables is enough? September 29, 2017 - Since the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that 80 percent of adults don’t get their recommended daily amount of fruit and vegetables, it’s worth reminding ourselves of just what enough looks like. WHO says it takes a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of lifestyle-related illnesses such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. One quick solution to getting all those grams? Start juicing at home!