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  • Watermelon full of lycopene Aug 2, 2011 2:49 PM
    Q. How nutritious is watermelon compared to other fruits? A. Each cup of watermelon (about half a large slice) offers about 13 milligrams of vitamin C (14-17 percent of currently recommended daily intake). For those watching their weight, a one-cup serving can satisfy a sweet tooth with just 49 calories.

  • Beans, not their sprouts, protein powerhouses Jul 28, 2011 12:00 AM
    Q. If beans like kidney and garbanzo beans are good sources of protein, does this include bean sprouts? A. No. A half-cup of mung bean sprouts supplies only 1 to 2 grams of protein. A half-cup serving of most dried beans supplies about 7 grams of protein, about equal to the protein in one ounce of meat or poultry.

  • Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse Jul 21, 2011 2:53 PM
    Broccoli is a nutritional powerhouse, providing vitamin C, folate, beta-carotene and lutein (a compound being studied for its role in eye health).

  • Enjoy grilled vegetables hot or cold Jul 5, 2011 1:47 PM
    Q. What kinds of vegetables are suitable for grilling? A. Some of the classic vegetable choices for grilling include asparagus, corn on the cob, onions, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini and eggplant.

  • How much is enough protein Jun 29, 2011 1:09 PM
    Q. Do older adults need extra protein to avoid losing muscle? If so, how much is enough?

  • Food a better source of potassium Jun 14, 2011 3:43 PM
    Have you heard that drinking coffee is one of the best sources of potassium in the American diet? It's really only because we Americans drink so much of it. There are better ways to get the amount of potassium you need each day.

  • Why how you breathe is vital Jun 7, 2011 2:44 PM
    Q: Why do I hear some people making a big deal about how you breathe during exercise like walking or biking? Does it really make a difference? A: Yes, how you are breathing during aerobic exercise can affect your heart rate and thus your performance and endurance. Many adults have developed a shallow breathing pattern.

  • What form of garlic is most beneficial? May 17, 2011 2:18 PM
    Q: Does garlic powder or pre-chopped garlic in oil protect against cancer as well as fresh garlic? A: Garlic probably reduces risk of colorectal and stomach cancers, according to a landmark report from the American Institute for Cancer Research. Researchers are working to understand how and which of the many substances in garlic provide the cancer protective benefits, so it is not clear whether all forms of garlic provide the same benefits as the whole food or even how much garlic is needed for cancer protection.

  • Trust labels, not box front claims Apr 26, 2011 2:03 PM
    A food or supplement company might make a "structure/function claim" like this one because a product contains vitamin A, C, B-6, D or E, for example. But the food might contain as little as 10 percent of the recommended daily amount of one of these nutrients.

  • Walking pace linked to longer life Apr 12, 2011 1:21 PM
    Q.Is it true that it is more beneficial for older people to walk at a brisk pace than at a regular walking pace? A. Your question relates to news reports about research that links longer life expectancy with faster walking speed. These large studies of adults – mostly those age 65 and older – do link faster speed while walking a short test distance with longer life.

  • Ask the Nutritionist: Favorite spring treats can derail healthy eating Apr 5, 2011 12:58 PM
    Q. Springtime candy is everywhere now. Can I avoid gaining weight by choosing jelly beans, marshmallow candies or other low or no-fat sweets? A. The most important step for keeping candy, whether high in fat or not, from causing unwanted weight gain is portion control.

  • Food diary can lead to better habits Mar 22, 2011 2:07 PM
    Q: Could keeping a food record really help me improve my eating habits? A: Studies often show that people who keep track of eating behaviors tend to be more successful at changing them. If you're considering using some kind of paper or online food diary, think about what you're trying to achieve.

  • Fresh spinach a healthful choice Mar 16, 2011 12:24 PM
    Q: I know that spinach is loaded with vitamins, but how can I fix it so people will enjoy eating it? Is the spinach soufflé that comes frozen a healthy option? A: There are loads of delicious ways to include spinach in your meals.

  • Cravings may have emotional, physical ties Mar 8, 2011 12:58 PM
    Q. I'm just too tired to be as physically active as I know I should be. How do people have the energy for this? A. It's not unusual to hear people say they don't have enough energy for physical activity.

  • Not all oils good for baking Feb 8, 2011 6:46 PM
    Can you substitute olive or canola oil for butter in recipes to avoid saturated fat?

  • Dates an antioxidant-rich choice Feb 1, 2011 1:59 PM
    What are some healthy ways to eat dates? I saw them on a list of good sources of potassium.

  • Choose a variety of produce for optimum freshness Jan 26, 2011 10:04 AM
    I only have time to grocery shop once every seven to ten days. How can I include plenty of vegetables and fruits without losing lots of them to spoilage by the end of a week?

  • How do you eat healthy and still stay on a budget? Jan 18, 2011 12:23 PM
    f studies show that healthy foods cost more than unhealthy ones, what hope is there for someone with limited income to eat well and reach a healthy weight

  • Lemon juice no weight loss miracle Jan 11, 2011 11:23 AM
    A. Lemon juice may offer some help for weight loss, but it’s not the unique secret weapon portrayed by some articles in magazines and on the Internet. Some suggest that lemon juice works by stimulating digestive enzymes and improving digestion. Whether or not that’s true, excess body fat does not stem from undigested food; it comes from consuming more calories than needed. In order to become body fat, these calories have been digested and absorbed.

  • Chestnuts unique from other nuts Dec 7, 2010 10:27 AM
    Chestnuts are really quite different nutritionally than other nuts, such as walnuts, almonds and cashews. The fat in these other nuts is an unsaturated, healthful type of fat, but because these other nuts are high in fat they are concentrated in calories, so portion control is important.

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