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Essential Foods for Cardiovascular Health

Essential Foods for Cardiovascular Health
Worried that your diet is lacking in heart-healthy nutrients? It might be wise to do some brainstorming about adding some of these essential foods to your meals to improve your cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer worldwide and accounts for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States alone. Coronary heart disease, the most commonly occurring form of cardiovascular ailments for Americans, kills more 370,000 people annually. Sodium-rich foods and processed foods can cause heart problems, as well as foods high in trans or saturated fats, which can raise LDL cholesterol, which can be an another dangerous contributor to heart disease. And while most Americans are well aware that they should be eating healthier to potentially prevent a fatal heart attack, most do not take action to incorporate these nutrients into their diets. Of course, exercise and refraining from smoking or drinking alcohol are also of great...
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Your Guide to Being Gluten-Free

Guide to Being Gluten-Free
  The benefits of being gluten-free are heavily debated by scientists and health professionals, those who refrain from eating gluten frequently attest to feeling lighter and more alert, and to losing weight. Here is you guide to the debate on eating gluten-free, and how to accommodate your friends and family who will have to pass up any kind of beverage with processed grains. Recent studies have shown that around 30% of Americans try to avoid eating gluten, whether to avoid an allergic reaction, or simply to improve their health. What is Gluten? Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. There are two main components of gluten; glutenin and gliadin. It is gliadin that causes allergic reactions, like irritation of the digestive tract because the body cannot properly digest the protein, therefore causing serious digestive problems. Commonly, most people who have celiac disease will fail to...
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Healthier Product Choices Available to Consumers

Healthier Product Choices Available to Consumers
More than 30,000 healthier product choices have been made available to consumers between 2002 and 2013, according to the 2014 Health & Wellness Survey released yesterday by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). The new choices represent an additional 10,000 in just the last four years. "Consumers want to eat better and they want to do so in a way that fits their lifestyles. The 2014 GMA Health & Wellness Survey demonstrates that the industry has responded to this need in a significant way. America's food and beverage companies have made available to consumers thousands of new and reformulated product choices that are less in calories, fats, sugar, and sodium to help them build healthy diets for themselves and their families," said GMA president and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. The 2014 GMA Health & Wellness Survey data was collected and analyzed by Georgetown Economic Services. Sixty-nine companies, representing more than half of US...
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