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19 Jan

Healthy Tastes Great!

Chicken Stir-Fry with Eggplant and Basil

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19 Jan

Smart Fuel

The Top 10 Smartest Foodspossibly even genius.

1. Broccoli

Why: Fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, flavor. Broccoli is an internal scrub-brush – and it tastes better than oatmeal.

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2. Dark greens

Why: Again with the fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Greens ought to be the basis of every diet. Low in calories, high in nutrition, and disease-preventing.

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3. Red bell peppers

Why: Like tomatoes (another great red veg), red bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants and may be a cancer-fighter.

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4. Wild salmon

Why: Rich in protein, brain-boosting fat, and flavor. A cleaner source of protein than regular old chicken and hamburger. Be sure you pick this wild child.

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5. Eggs

Why: High protein, valuable vitamins, enzymes and fat. An incredibly dense energy source. Buy the Omega-3 enhanced version for a morning boost of good fat!

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6. Garlic

Why: Fresh garlic (not crushed, peeled or powdered) is a potent cancer-fighter and artery-scrubber. Loaded with antioxidants.

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7. Berries

Why: Again with those antioxidants. Berries are one of the most vitamin-rich, free-radical fighting foods on earth. Blueberries are among the best.

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8. Olive oil

Why: By now, everyone knows about the heart-healthy benefits of Omega-3 rich olive oil. But avocado oil, walnut oil, and coconut oil are also healthy choices. Use instead of butter, canola oil and corn or soybean oil.

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9. Apples

Why: I’m biased. But in fact, apples have more vitamin C than oranges, are high in fiber, and have one of the lowest glycemic index rankings of any fruit.

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10. Tie-breaker: tea and almonds

Why: tea is rich in antioxidants and stimulates important immune functions. New evidence suggests that a little morning coffee is beneficial, too. And nuts like almonds are full of healthy fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

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18 Jan

All the News, None of the Calories

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

This is a low-fat blog post, Apples. Here’s the daily roundup:

1) Hypothetically, Of Course!

Answers to the Top 10 Embarrassing Health Questions. Hey, we know, it’s for your friend.

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2) Go On, Get Fresh!

We’ve talked before about big cities like Chicago and New York hopping in the anti-trans-fat fryer. Massachusetts will be the first entire state to do so (of course it’s Massachusetts). And Starbucks recently volunteered outright. McDonald’s hasn’t been able to perfect their beloved heart attack sticks (a.k.a. french fries), but they keep trying to get rid of trans fat, by golly.

Unfortunately, our investigative vigilantes over at Mercola’s blog inform us that food companies are finding a sneaky way around this whole trans fat ruckus. They’re just switching the deadly trans fat for another, equally terrible fat. Doing so allows them to get away with saying “0 grams trans fat” on food labels.

You know, there are days when we want to think highly of our fellow food-manufacturing humans. And then we remember – oh yeah, we’re bees! We don’t have to think good thoughts about these greedy “it’s just the free market” milquetoasts! You don’t, either.

Selling. Deadly. Food. Is. Wrong.

End of story. Spread the word, Apples.

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Here are some facts about why trans fat (a.k.a. Frankenfat) is so important to avoid. Thanks, Beacon!

3) Thanks for Smoking. No, Seriously.

In a grand gesture of love and thanks for customer loyalty, Harvard finds that death merchants tobacco makers have steadily increased nicotine levels in cigarettes since 1998. Harvard even took a second look after the death merchants industry whined about it, and still came up with pretty convincing proof. Gravity is more controversial. Thanks to the Urban Hermit for this news.

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Help a Loved One Quit for Good

Lung Cancer News

And around the web:

Fascinating brain discovery!

Also on the table:

Export junk food to poor countries. Export subsequent obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Solution? According to the New England Journal of Medicineyness, we need to…export drugs to cure it all!

How about we save everyone, rich and poor alike, by demanding an end to the mass production of Frankenfoods? Does guacamole really need 27 ingredients plus three layers of packaging that no one but a two-year-old with a case of the mad molars can get into?

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18 Jan

File This Under Ponce de Leon

Occasionally an ad for a new product pops up in my email inbox that’s so ridiculous, I have to share it. Being involved in the health and fitness world for many years, I feel like I’ve seen it all – until the next scam comes along that is so blatantly dishonest, it’s almost funny. Almost – except that innocent people are too often the target of such useless health products.

The latest scam is something seemingly innocuous: water. Yes, water. Who knew water could be improved upon? Well, according to the hydration “experts,” the average bottle of water needs a lot of help. Of course, it’s going to cost you.

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I’m not talking about fancy French water or sparkling seltzers. Expensive though such beverages may be, they aren’t making any wacky claims. Water, in just about any form, is beneficial for your health (not to mention necessary for life). The more you drink, the better you tend to feel.

However, there is a cottage industry of designer waters that you should be wary of. These waters typically go by names like penta-water, super oxygenated water, cell water, living water, coherent water … As the old saying goes, truth truly is stranger than fiction.

These water manufacturers all claim the same things in so many words. The basic promise is more potent, better-hydrating, “living” water. If the back of the bottle talks about cellular structures, living versus dead water, ionic processes or oxygenation, run for the nearest public water fountain. It’s quackery at its finest.

My personal favorite? One water manufacturer actually claims to use “platonic solid inversion geometry” to formulate their aqua. (Funny, I don’t remember that being covered in calculus class. I guess it’s new math.)

These water hucksters will go so far as to talk about “vibration” and “frequencies” of water. Of course, any 15-year-old in chemistry class can explain that these terms are irrelevant to drinking water.

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As far as oxygenation is concerned, there’s simply no such thing. You cannot “oxygenate” water. You can certainly add extra oxygen during the filtering or bottling process, but you cannot fundamentally change the molecular structure of water. If you do, it’s no longer, well, water. Water is, of course, two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. “Adding” oxygen atoms would mean we’re no longer talking about water.

The “oxygenated” water flooding the store shelves is regular old water with a scientific-sounding name. Swirl a glass of tap water, and you’ll see some oxygenation, too.

Don’t fall for these fake health waters. Water will boost your health, but the latest incarnation will only drain your bank account.

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