The Health Benefits of Beans, the Black Sheep of Superfoods

When you hear the term “superfood,” do beans come to mind? If not, they should—beans pack a serious nutritional punch. They are loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that can help reduce inflammation, fend off chronic diseases, contribute to weight loss, improve gut health, and promote satiety. Here are just some of the ways beans make a great addition to your diet. 

Is Meat Bad for You? A Nutrition Scientist Weighs In.

For quite a while now, nutrition research has agreed that it's healthiest to limit our intake of red and processed meat. But this has recently been challenged by new research from the Nutritional Recommendations International Consortium (NutriRECS), published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors from NutriRECS recommended new guidelines to continue with our average 4.5 servings of red and processed meat per week as Americans. [1] 

Q&A: How Harvard's David Sinclair is Fighting Aging—and How You Can, Too

What if someone told you that you could live for another 100 years... while remaining physically healthy and mentally sharp? You’d probably brush it off as science fiction. Turns out, it may be closer to fact. At least, if David Sinclair, PhD has anything to say about it. He’s the author of the New York Times bestseller, Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To, a thrilling new book that asserts that, contrary to scientific dogma, aging is not inevitable—and makes the case for why this ...

Why Avocados Are Healthy: The Science Behind Everyone's Obsession

Avocados have been attracting attention from bloggers and dietitians alike—and for good reason! They're versatile: they can be sliced in sandwiches, diced on salads, smashed on toast or turned into guacamole. And their benefits in the body are equally as versatile: they can help your heart, eyes, and even waistline. Let’s take a deeper dive into why paying the extra $1.95 for guac gets you so much more than an elevated burrito.

What Do Your Fasting Blood Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c Levels Mean?

Blood glucose (aka “blood sugar”) serves as the primary energy source for our brain and body. Healthy blood glucose levels are therefore essential for maintaining overall health and longevity. Unfortunately, several factors including the Standard American Diet and a sedentary lifestyle can increase glucose beyond normal levels, and over time, result in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. If undetected, consistently high glucose can lead to long-term health complications, including nerve damage, ...

Is Chicken Healthy for You?

Chicken has long been considered a healthy alternative to red meat. And it is indeed low in saturated fat, contains higher amounts of omega-6 fatty acids than other animal meats, and is high in protein and essential vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, zinc, and copper. However, there is a widely-held misconception that chicken and other poultry meats have been shown to improve health. The truth is, it's quite neutral overall. 

How I'm Fighting My High Risk of Developing Dementia

Dementia has an established genetic component, meaning that your risk of developing it increases if someone in your close family has or had the disease. But unfortunate genetics don't solidify your fate. In fact, even people with the highest genetic risk can lower their likelihood of developing the disease with healthy habits and optimized biomarkers. So that's what I'm doing.

I Went Vegan Keto. Here's What Happened to My Body.

As I start this blog, I’m currently in my sixth day of moderate ketosis. I’m feeling focused and energized—freed from my dependence on coffee. I embarked on a two-week vegan keto journey to see if achieving ketosis was possible following a vegan diet. And I discovered that it is, but not without its challenges. Why would I do this?  What are the health implications? Does the keto diet live up to all the hype? 
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