Snack foods that claim to be rich in fiber may also be rich in sugar. You will do better to grab a piece of fruit. If comparing 3 apples, 3 pears, or Oat Cookies all 3 choices at 200 calories and 6 grams of fiber, you can lose more weight choosing the fruit option over the packaged cookies. Researchers say that the low energy density and high water content of fruit helps women feel more satisfied and full leading to them eating less through the day.
A large pear contains 30 percent more fiber than an apple.
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For women, colon cancer is the third most common form of disease in the United States being out ranked by only skin and lung cancer. However, the key to preventing this devastating disease can be as simple as changing your eating habits. A study from the University of Minnesota showed that women who ate a diet rich in red meat and starches had a 49 percent greater risk of getting colon cancer than those who ate lesser of these foods. The researchers explained that the compounds found in a meat-and-potato diet may be triggering tumor growth. Some previous studies have also shown that saturated fat that is found in red meat negatively affects colon health. The bile in your stomach that is released to digest the red meat also releases harmful substances that can damage DNA. The suggestion is to eat fewer than 7 ounces of red meat per week and choose lean cuts of meat.
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“HUGE” – That’s the word to describe the confusion about portion sizes (as well as the portions themselves). One example: A sports arena in the Midwest sells an 8-inch bun piled high with five 1/3-pound beef patties, chili, chips, and cheese that weighs in at 4,800 calories.
As restaurants pump up their serving sizes, we reflexively reset our default for what is normal, according to Brian Wansink, PhD, Cooking Light Nutrition Essentials advisory panelist and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. Bigger portion sizes (with more calories and possible saturated ft or sodium) likely entice you to eat more, says Wansink. Yet for maintaining your weight, eating proper portions is key.
TIPS to help with portion control.
- The easiest way to control what you eat is to cook at home, where you can plate a sensible amount.
Choose right-size plates. On overscaled china, your healthful portion may seem skimpy.
As you serve meals, measure individual portions of difficult-to-judge foods like pasta.
When you eat out, finish half your entrée, then bring home the rest to enjoy later.–Kathy Kitchens Downie, RD
Simple food choices go a long way when it comes to your heart’s health. Focusing on fresh foods full of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants can decrease your risk of developing heart disease and cut your chances of a heart attack. These 10 foods will help keep your ticker in top shape.
Start your day with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. This fiber-rich superfood can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear.
Opt for coarse or steel-cut oats over instant varieties — the coarse and steel-cut contain more fiber — and top your bowl off with a banana for another four grams of fiber.
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