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Dear health-conscious consumer,

You should have the latest life-saving information about the foods you eat. And that’s why we’ve developed this Web site,®. So you can get candid, reliable, and useful information from our nutritionists and scientists…

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Editor

Dear health-conscious consumer,

You should have the latest life-saving information about the foods you eat. And that’s why we’ve developed this Web site,®. So you can get candid, reliable, and useful information from our nutritionists and scientists…

Current Nutrition Action Daily Tips

4 Delicious Lower-Sodium Sauce and Dressing Recipes

These taste so good, you'd never know they are lower sodium sauce and dressing recipes.

“The number of deaths that occur because we eat too much salt is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every single day,” says Stephen Havas, a professor of epidemiology, preventive medicine, and medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “People should be outraged.”
Havas and experts at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute estimate that 400 Americans die each day of heart attacks, strokes, and other diseases caused by salt’s impact on their blood pressure. “And that may be a conservative estimate,” he adds.

“If you give people an extra few grams of potassium, it can lower blood pressure by three or four points,” says Kaplan. “But potassium can cause stomach irritation if you get it in a salt substitute,” he adds. It’s better to get it from potassium- rich foods.   Read More

Healthy Food Quiz: Questions and Answers to Help You Fight Disease

This healthy food quiz - questions and answers included - will test your knowledge on what to eat.

Most people know that calcium is good for bones, fiber is good for constipation, and iron is good for blood, to name a few. But once you go beyond the basics, the picture gets murky.

Here’s a healthy food quiz (questions and answers included) to see how well you know which foods or nutrients can prevent or promote which diseases.

Feel free to cheat. The questions aren’t really a test of how well you read (and remember) every issue of Nutrition Action. They’re just a sneaky way to get you to look at the answers, which contain a wealth of information on how your diet affects your health.
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Magnesium-Rich Foods Could Help Prevent Diabetes

Magnesium-rich foods aren't just delicious, they also benefit your health.

An estimated 23.6 million Americans —including one out of four people aged 60 or older—have Type 2 diabetes. Roughly 5.7 million of them don’t know it. And 57 million others have pre-diabetes.

However, there is evidence that magnesium-rich foods can help prevent Type-2 diabetes.

Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely than others to have a stroke or to die of heart disease.   Read More

Is Canola Oil Healthy?

The truth about canola oil and whether it's healthy

“Poisonous.” “Toxic.” “Avoid like the plague.”

Is canola oil healthy? For some reason, people love to hate it. Really hate it.

That’s partly because the canola plant is derived from rapeseed, which contains a toxic compound called erucic acid and bitter-tasting compounds called glucosinolates.   Read More

9 Ways to Pick the Best Healthy Lunch Meats

Some "healthy lunch meats" aren't as healthy as they claim. Here is how to read those labels.

Talk about confusing. A “natural” or “no nitrites added” lunch meat could deliver as much nitrite as a lunch meat that lists sodium nitrite in the ingredients list. And a “lower sodium” lunch meat could have more salt than a lunch meat that makes no sodium claims.

Labels will say whatever it takes to get your attention. Forget the malarkey. Here are nine ways to choose the best healthy lunch meats before you break out the mustard.

1. Know your serving.

Cutting back on salt? When looking at nutrition labels, the answer may seem obvious, but there’s a catch: ounce for ounce, the one may have less sodium and just look like it has more because its label uses a 2oz. serving, while the other uses 1oz. Bottom line: before you compare lunch meats, make sure you’re looking at the same serving size.
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8 Examples of When Caffeine is Good for You

Have another cup and relax; caffeine is good for you*

Most people rely on caffeine to stay alert. But researchers suggest that it may do far more—lowering the risk of Parkinson’s disease and gallstones, for example. Here’s what you may not know about the times that caffeine is good for you.

* This information does not apply to women who are pregnant (or trying to become pregnant) or to children. Nor does it apply to caffeine powder or highly concentrated liquid caffeine, which can be lethal.   Read More

How To Make Zoodles: The Ultimate Gluten Free Noodle

It doesn’t matter if it’s spaghetti with marinara, meatballs, puttanesca, pesto, clam, or another sauce. No matter how you serve it, people love their pasta. But what about pasta alternatives? Do you know how to make zoodles (zucchini noodles) or another vegetable based pasta?

The problem is, spaghetti and its relatives have around 200 calories per cup. And if you eat as much at home as you’re served at a typical restaurant, you can multiply those 200 calories by 3. That’s almost twice as much grain as most people should eat in a day. (So no cereal or bread or rice for you tomorrow.)

But that was the pasta of the past. Now you can make your own pasta…out of vegetables.   Read More

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