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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, NutritionAction.com®. 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, NutritionAction.com®. So you can get candid, reliable, and useful information from our nutritionists and scientists…

Current Nutrition Action Daily Tips

The Hidden Danger of Calories in Drinks

We all know we should watch our calories, but the calories in drinks often hide under our radar.

“What would you like to drink with that?” asks the waitress. Think twice before you answer.

Your body may not register the calories in drinks as well as it does the calories in food. So when you down a soda or other liquid calories before or with a meal, you may not eat less food later in the day to compensate. Making matters worse: serving sizes for beverages are ballooning…as are Americans.

Beverages are a huge contributor to obesity. They’re major players that often get overlooked.   Read More

Are Foods with High Fiber Really That Good for You?

Do foods with high fiber deserve all the health-benefits accolades they are given?

Most people know they should eat more foods with high fiber. But they don’t know why. (Hint: It’s not to lower the risk of colon cancer.)

And many people assume that all foods with high fiber are the same. In fact, some fibers lower cholesterol, some lower blood sugar, and some help with regularity.

Those differences didn’t matter so much when all of our fiber came—intact and unprocessed— from foods with high fiber like whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables, since each usually has a mix of fibers.   Read More

4 Easy Strength Training Exercises for Seniors

Once you hit 60, you need a way to keep from losing muscle and to protect you from falls and broken bones. These strength training exercises for seniors can also help ward off rounded shoulders, shuffling feet, and other hallmarks of aging.

No question about it: The best exercise is the one you’re willing to stick with.

But beyond that, how do you choose? You’ve heard that strength training exercises for seniors are important, but all exercises are not created equal. Walking or another aerobic exercise is your best bet for cardiovascular fitness. But if you want to lose weight, be prepared to walk more than if you want to keep your heart in shape.

And walking isn’t enough once you hit 60, when you need strength training to keep from losing muscle and to protect you from falls and broken bones. You also need a series of simple exercises that can ward off rounded shoulders, shuffling feet, and other hallmarks of aging.   Read More

The 12 Best Reasons You Should Exercise

There are a lot of reasons you should exercise. Here are some lesser-known benefits.

The promise of thinner thighs or a slimmer midsection is what gets most people off the couch. And exercise can help you lose fat, preserve muscle, and keep off the excess weight you manage to lose. But if you think those are the only reasons you should exercise, you’re missing a lot. Here are a dozen others.
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Do you Know About Calories in Restaurant Meals?

The calories in restaurant meals are no joke. Unfortunately, the Xtreme Eating awards aren't for a good performance.

It’s not easy to win an XTreme eating award.

For starters, there are usually around 1,000 calories in restaurant meals, so anything in that neighborhood is a yawner. To stand out in the crowd, you’ve got to hit around 2,000 calories—an entire day’s worth of food—even if it’s just dessert.

But our winners have what it takes…a total disregard for the obesity epidemic and the coming diabetes tsunami. Of course, you can’t blame restaurants for that. That would be so unfair.   Read More

What are the Best Frozen Desserts with Lower Calories?

Can you spot the best frozen desserts with lower calories? Here’s what’s hot in frozen yogurt and light ice cream.

The frozen-dessert aisle sure isn’t frozen in time.

Häagen-Dazs now has an Artisan Collection with mix-ins like banana rum swirl. Ben & Jerry’s has a line with a “core” of fillings like peanut butter fudge. And nearly every brand now has a line of gelato.

But if you’re careful, you can still cool off without a calorie, sugar, and saturated fat overload. Some of the best frozen desserts, like yogurts and kefirs, even offer a decent dose of protein and calcium. Here’s the scoop.
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A Quick History of The Omniheart Diet

The Omniheart diet has come a long way since the first study. Here is where it began.

What foods belong in your fridge if you want to protect your heart and cut your risk of diabetes and cancer at the same time?

As long as you start with a healthy core diet—heavy on the fruits and vegetables and light on the bad fats, salt, and sweets—it’s up to you.

That’s what is so great about the Omniheart diet; you can round out your core diet with good fats, good protein, or good carbs. Or you can switch from one to the other, depending on your mood.
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