Food & Nutrition

Everyone can use some healthy eating tips these days—when we’re bombarded with low-fat this, and sugar-free that, it can be difficult to know exactly what to put on our plates. We’ll continue to post recipes, eating suggestions and other healthy food tips that we think will help clarify the oft-confusing world of dieting, food fads and research that tells us one day that coffee is good for us and the next day it’s not. From research studies about the latest superfoods to recommendations from our nutritionists, Project Wellness offers practical eating healthy tips for even the most confused consumer.

Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

Coconut: Packed with Healthy Benefits

What is this nut that’s so hard to crack? Coconut is cropping up everywhere these days—coconut water, coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut cream. When I was a young girl we’d shake them to check for water inside (an indication of a good coconut, according to my mom). The next task...

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Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Healthy Hydration for Hot Summer Days

Good hydration isn’t just about drinking lots of water—especially when you’re out in the hot summer sun. Even if you get your requisite 64 oz of water a day, exercising in the heat require the right minerals and electrolytes to keep your body moving. To determine whether you’re dehydrated, the simplest rule of thumb...

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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

May 25, 2012
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What Makes a Superfood a Superfood?

Though it’s not exactly a scientific term, the word “superfood” is often used as a marketing tool. So what does it mean exactly? Something is referred to as a superfood when it is nutrient-rich and provides multiple health benefits to the body. Those nutrients can include phytochemicals (compounds found in plants that have beneficial...

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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

April 25, 2012
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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

The term “food allergy” and “food sensitivity” are thrown around a lot these days. But it’s important to know that these two things are not the same.  In fact, there’s a very big and important difference between the two. As described by the Food, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a food allergy “occurs when the...

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Chia Seeds: A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s

Chia Seeds: A Tasty Way to Get Your Omega-3s

Chia seeds are enjoying something of a renaissance these days—researchers are rediscovering their nutritional benefits, something the Maya and Aztecs cherished hundreds of years ago. Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which grows abundantly in the deserts of southern Mexico. As such, chia was a staple in the ancient Maya and Aztec populations...

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Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Cognitive Decline

Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Cognitive Decline

We often hear that the Mediterranean diet is a great way to eat—when done right, it can be packed with good fats, fiber, fruits, veggies and antioxidants, all of which can help boost heart health, reduce inflammation and help stave off chronic diseases According to a study published last year in the American Journal...

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Chocolate: The key to your heart?

More research on the health benefits of chocolate: Chocolate. Delicious? Yes. Superfruit? That too. Almost guiltless Valentine’s Treats The healthy glory of chocolate Looks like giving chocolate to your loved one for Valentine’s Day isn’t just a sweet thing to do—it could also help their heart. An August 2011 review published in the British...

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Tart Cherry Juice: An effective new remedy for sleep, pain, even your heart

December 27, 2011
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Tart Cherry Juice: An effective new remedy for sleep, pain, even your heart

Exciting new studies have recently come out about the effectiveness of tart cherry juice as a remedy for a number of health issues. Dr. Oz is even talking about “nature’s ultimate antioxidant,” its anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to help fight heart disease by balancing cholesterol levels and aid in sleep as a natural source...

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Research Says Chocolate Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Research Says Chocolate Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

We’ve heard about many of the health benefits of chocolate—and now there’s even more healthy evidence. A new study shows that chocolate has significant cardiovascular health benefits when consumed in moderation. According to “Eating Chocolate Cuts Risk of Heart Disease,” published by the University of Cambridge, eating chocolate is associated with a significantly reduced...

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Improving Colon Health with Okra

Improving Colon Health with Okra

Though not many of us want to talk about it, the colon is a vital organ. When the colon is damaged and does not function to its fullest potential, serious health problems can occur. If you’re not thrilled with the idea of a colonic or some other type of colon cleanse, then consider this...

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