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  • Selenium in Your Supplement?

    For most men with prostate cancer, the dietary supplement selenium may actually promote more aggressive cases of the disease, according to a new study, Serum Selenium Concentrations and Hypertension in the US Population.

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently filed a formal complaint with the FDA over the various prostate claims on Bayer’s One A Day labeling.

  • Plastic Surgery Addiction

    In the spirit of full disclosure, let me just say that I have had absolutely nothing done to my body by way of plastic surgery (if it isn’t already obvious), not even one Botox injection or anti-aging serum facial mask. Certain people (but not my husband) probably think I need to do plenty, from a tummy tuck (to correct my post-hysterectomy lower belly) to a few liposuction sessions in some target areas.

  • A Daily Dose of D!

    The food sources of vitamin D are considered to be less potent than the vitamin D generated by the skin, but if you aren’t in the sun often, food and supplements are basically your only vitamin D options. Food sources include salmon, sardines, cod liver oil, vitamin D–fortified products from the dairy aisle, and some types of orange juice and breakfast cereals.

    Here’s a short list of some food names and numbers:

  • The Vitamin You Need More Of

    The winner of the award for “vitamin we’re most likely to hear more about in the future” is . . . drum roll please . . . vitamin D!

    We haven’t heard the half of it about this fascinating fat-soluble vitamin. For years, we’ve known about vitamin D’s role in calcium absorption and bone growth, but now we know vitamin D does so much more in the human body. Unfortunately, many of us still aren’t getting enough.

    Up to 30 to 50% of apparently healthy US adults and children are affected by vitamin D deficiency, according to researchers.

  • Have Some Good Fat with Your Salad

    Eating smart fat (e.g., fish or plant omega-3s, monounsaturated fat) at the same time we are eating salads helps boost the absorption of various antioxidants and phytochemicals like lycopene from tomatoes or lutein from dark green vegetables.

    A recent study at Ohio State University in Columbus measured how well phytochemicals were absorbed after people ate a lettuce, carrot, and spinach salad with or without 2.5 tablespoons of avocado. The avocado eaters absorbed 8.3 times more alpha-carotene, 13.6 times more beta-carotene, and 4.3 times more lutein than the others.

  • Nestle Cookie Dough Recall

    From contaminated spinach to contaminated Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough? That’s right, until further notice, the latest FDA consumer call to action is to dispose of any of the various prepackaged, refrigerated cookie dough products produced by Nestle. As of this writing, the FDA and the CDC are conducting an investigation into reported Escherichia coli (E coli) illnesses that may be related to consumption of raw cookie dough.

  • My Two Cents on Condiments

    ’Tis the season to be barbecuing, so it seems timely to talk about condiments.

    You know what I’m going to say, right? That the creamy dressings and spreads based on mayonnaise tend to be the most caloric and highest in fat grams. I’m talking about condiments like mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and “special sauce.”

    Sauces and spreads based on cream or sour cream, such as ranch sauce, are next in line. If mayo is a must, consider switching to light mayonnaise, which still adds 35 calories, 3.5 grams fat, and 0.5 g saturated fat per tablespoon.

  • Dreyer’s “Loaded” Ice Cream

    If you see a brand of ice cream with the word “loaded” in its name, you fear for the worst, right? You’re thinking it’s loaded with calories and fat—saturated fat for sure. Well, this line of ice cream is actually “light” and “loaded.”

    Skim milk is the first ingredient for the flavors I could find in my supermarket. Most importantly, each 1/2-cup serving had just as many calories and fat grams as other “light” lines of ice cream—around 120 calories and 4.5 grams fat (around 2 grams saturated fat).

  • New Summer Smoothie to Try!

    Summertime is smoothie time for many of us. Smoothies make for a great summer snack or breakfast because you can whip them up in a couple of minutes, they don’t use the hot oven, and they are cool and refreshing when the weather is hot, hot, hot!

    Smoothies are also my favorite way to work some ground flaxseed into my day. Every time I have a smoothie, I just stir in a tablespoon of ground flaxseed. I don’t even notice it’s in there.

  • Does Fiber Help or Hurt People with IBS?

    No hard and fast rules apply when it comes to the amount of fiber and types of fiber for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—everyone is different. “Some people can get away with more plant starches and insoluble fiber than others,” says Walter Coyle, MD, FACG, FACP, director of the gastroenterology program for Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines

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