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11 Jan

Friday Link Love

Life in the Health Lane covered The Good and The Bad about Beer.

Interactive Health offered up a delicious Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad.

The Flying Trapeze reflects on how the word diet is going the way of the dodo.

FitSugar wonders if it is unhealthy to be sore every day?

SugarShock helps you make your New Year’s resolution last longer than February.

The Tao of Good Health discusses the health benefits of bananas.

Body, Mind and Solar ask you (nicely) to speak nicely about yourself.

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11 Jan

Dining-out Danger?

We’re all familiar with the old saying “you are what you eat,” but a new study suggests it may be more of a case of you are where you eat.

According to research in February’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the mix of restaurants in an area is an important indicator of body mass index (BMI – which admittedly is a near useless metric) and thus your risk of obesity.

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10 Jan

Healthy Tastes Great!

Here are three healthy and hearty parsnip recipes that will surely warm you up on those cold winter nights!

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10 Jan

Livin’ La Vida Long Time

Looking for a way to stave off a visit from the Grim Reaper? Follow four simple rules and you could earn yourself an extra 14 years as a mere mortal.

In a study of 20,000 British adults, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council determined that people who exercise regularly, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, drink moderately and quit smoking live 14 years longer than their less virtuous counterparts.

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10 Jan

Smart Fuel: Parsnips

With a long narrow, knobby body and a tuft of green leaves, the parsnip could easily be confused for an anemic version of the carrot.

The missing link, if you will, is beta-carotene, the compound responsible for giving carrots their golden hue. But rest assured, parsnips have plenty of nutritional power. For example, the parsnip boasts a high volume of insoluble fiber, which is important for a healthy digestive system as well as for regulating cholesterol and reducing blood sugar fluctuations. It is also a good source of potassium, which helps reduce the risk of kidney stones. The vegetable’s high folic acid content, meanwhile, can help reduce the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia and, for pregnant women, decrease the likelihood of birth defects. Rounding out parsnip’s nutritional power punch, its high vitamin C content has been associated with improved lung function—and even a reduction in asthma symptoms in children—and also gives skin a healthy glow.

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