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  • Green tea supports weight loss Nov 21, 2010 6:39 PM
    Q. Can green tea really help people lose weight? A. Some studies suggest that two to four cups of green tea daily could provide some extra help when you cut calorie consumption and boost your activity to lose weight, but don’t expect it to produce a major loss.

  • Wraps not always a calorie saver Nov 9, 2010 11:49 AM
    Q. Is it true that wraps are a lower calorie choice than regular sandwiches? A. At some restaurants, the wraps are lower in calories than the traditional sandwich choices, but not always. A wrap reduces the excess calories that can come with oversize sub or sandwich rolls. However, just as important are total portion size and what’s inside. At restaurants offering both traditional sandwiches and wraps, when wraps are smaller, they are usually lower in calories. But at restaurants where the two end up in equal size portions, the calorie comparison varies with what’s inside. You can often check chain restaurant’s calories online or at the restaurant. When you make a wrap at home, it might be easy to think of each tortilla as a piece of bread, which would make two wraps the equivalent of one typical sandwich. But check your tortilla package: a 10-inch (plate-sized) regular tortilla or 8-inch thicker “gordita-style” tortilla is likely to contain 140 to 170 calories, making just one the equivalent of two servings of grains. As long as you’re not piling on other grains by adding rice or eating it with chips, that’s nutritionally sound for a healthy meal, particularly if you choose whole-grain tortillas. For most of us, however, two wraps that size would push calories inappropriately high. If you like the feeling of abundance from having two wraps in a meal, choose the smaller six-inch corn tortillas, which are also excellent choices because they are whole-grain and low-fat. Q. Would Pilates exercises be an effective way to get rid of my belly fat? A. Pilates-type exercises focus on strengthening the abdominal and back muscles. They also improve flexibility and joint mobility and build strength. Primarily using one’s own body weight as resistance, participants are put through a series of progressive, range-of-motion exercises, which also include attention to the mind/body connection. According to its adherents, Pilates can help you develop long, strong muscles, a flat stomach, a strong back and improved posture. But this doesn’t take care of the problem of layers of fat on top of those muscles. If you have an unhealthy amount of fat there, you probably need to change the calorie balance in your diet. Take a look at your eating habits to see where you might be eating or drinking a couple hundred extra calories a day that you could omit. Also, since Pilates-type exercises are generally done just two days a week, look for other types of exercise to do on the other days for overall health and to burn off some of that excess body fat you’ve stored. Ÿ Provided by the American Institute for Cancer Research. More about the group and its New American Plate program at

  • How healthy are egg whites over whole eggs? Nov 2, 2010 1:32 PM
    How much could I cut calories and saturated fat if I bake with egg whites instead of whole eggs? The amount of fat saved depends on how many whole eggs you replace and the number of servings in the recipe. Each time you substitute two egg whites for one whole egg, you save 40 calories and 1.6 grams of saturated fat.

  • Tame the sweet tooth Oct 26, 2010 3:37 PM
    Q. I want to eat healthfully, but sweets cravings are my downfall. What can I do? A. The good news is that healthy eating does leave us with some room for sweets. Yet few of us can have a sweet drink or treat each time we see one and meet the goal of “moderation.”

  • Fruits and vegetables and your blood pressure Oct 19, 2010 1:11 PM
    If blood pressure control is all about limiting sodium, what has eating more vegetables and fruits got to do with better blood pressure? Limiting sodium is an important step to reduce risk of high blood pressure and, for many people, to control it. However, eating lots of vegetables and fruits adds another layer of protection.

  • Misconceptions about exercise Jan 31, 2011 6:28 PM
    Q. Is it true that you lose more body fat by exercising in the low-intensity fat-burning zone? A. No. The notion that slow exercise burns more fat is a misinterpretation of the research.

  • Tips for nutrition-wise shopping at the grocery store Feb 8, 2011 2:21 PM
    Why do nutrition experts say that you should only shop around the perimeter of the grocery store? The concept behind that advice is that the produce, dairy and fresh meat and seafood departments are usually located around the outside rim of the grocery store.

  • It's a slippery slope watching our sodium intake Feb 24, 2011 4:41 PM
    I heard that a new report shows grains and vegetables to be some of the top sources of sodium. Does that change the recommendation to make these foods major parts of our diet?

  • Compare labels to determine source of sugar Mar 1, 2011 5:11 PM
    How can I tell how much of the sugar in yogurt is from fruit and milk and how much is from added sugar? The product label itself doesn't allow you to distinguish among the different sources of sugar. However, you can compare the sugar content listed on flavored yogurt to the sugar in a similar type of plain (unflavored) yogurt, since the difference between them will reflect added sugar content.

  • Guide to the 'New American Plate' method of weight loss Aug 18, 2010 12:01 AM
    I love the New American Plate as a simple model for healthy eating. Does it matter how much of the two-thirds of your plate that is plant foods comes from vegetables?

  • HCG diet no panacea for losing weight Aug 11, 2010 12:01 AM
    The HCG diet, also known as the Simeons therapy, has two components: One is a 500-calorie diet (occasionally increased to 800 calories a day) and the other is use of HCG hormones, usually by injection or drops taken under the tongue.

  • Even cooked, garlic a healthful choice Aug 4, 2010 12:01 AM
    Is it true that garlic provides health benefits only if it's eaten raw? No. It's true that cooking stops the process in which the "active" compounds in garlic are generated. But plenty are formed if you chop the garlic and allow it to stand for about 10 or 15 minutes before cooking it.

  • Fresh or frozen, orange juice good source of vitamin C Jul 28, 2010 12:01 AM
    Which provides more vitamin C, refrigerated ready-to-drink or frozen concentrate orange juice?

  • Parsley, cilantro add more flavor than nutrition to dishes Jul 21, 2010 8:47 AM
    A quarter cup of chopped parsley is a good source of both beta-carotene (the plant form of vitamin A) and vitamin C, which are both found in much smaller amounts in cilantro.

  • Know where fish comes from before pushing it off the menu Jul 14, 2010 12:01 AM
    I recently heard on television that mackerel is a fish high in mercury and amounts we eat should be limited. Isn't it one of the recommended sources of omega-3 fat?

  • Whole-wheat waffles a better morning option Jul 7, 2010 12:01 AM
    Q. My family loves frozen waffles. How do they rate nutritionally, compared to toast?

  • Lemonade not always a better beverage option Jun 30, 2010 12:01 AM
    Q. Is lemonade a lower-calorie alternative to regular soda? A. Lemonade options have expanded markedly in recent years. Regular lemonade is not necessarily any lower in calories than an equal portion of a regular carbonated soft drink. Lemonade from frozen concentrate and most powdered mixes contains about 100 calories in each eight-ounce portion, not surprising due to the approximately six-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar it contains. Some powdered mixes, however, have less added sugar so they may be about 30 percent lower in calories. Of course, the mixes and "light" bottled ready-to-drink lemonades sweetened with zero-calorie sweeteners contain 10 or fewer calories, comparable to diet soft drinks. Unlike soda, some lemonade options may contain from 10 to 100 percent of recommended daily vitamin C. In some cases this comes from the lemon juice content, in other cases, especially when high amounts of vitamin C are present, it's because of added vitamin C and is not a sign of actual fruit juice content. If you're looking for a naturally low-calorie alternative to regular soda, consider ice tea (unsweetened or very lightly sweetened) instead. You may also see "lite" bottled lemonade-ice tea blends; calorie content is reduced compared to regular soft drinks, but some bottles are large enough that the calorie information listed pertains to just a third or half of the bottle. For any of these sugar-containing beverages, finishing a large bottle or drinking glass after glass on a hot day can make calorie and sugar consumption add up quickly. • Provided by the American Institute for Cancer Research. More about the group and its New American Plate program at

  • Pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes are red lights to stop and change Jun 23, 2010 12:01 AM
    What's with these conditions called pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes and pre-cancer? It used to be either you had the condition or you didn't.

  • Reduced-fat peanut butter reduced healthy fats Jun 9, 2010 12:01 AM
    I'm confused about whether regular or reduced-fat peanut butter is a better choice. What do you recommend?

  • Cancer survivors can benefit from weight loss May 19, 2010 12:01 AM
    Q. Can overweight breast cancer survivors decrease their risk of recurrence by losing weight?

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