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Joan Endyke regularly writes the “Healthy Eating” Column for The Patriot Ledger newspaper. An archive of her recently published articles appear here.

Lower Sodium to Lower Blood Pressure

In the face of a public health campaign to lower sodium intakes in the United  States, a controversial health writer created confusion this year when he  claimed new research showed less sodium does not reduce cardiovascular disease,  and worse, lowering … Continue reading

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Seniors Need More Protein to Be Strong

To be strong, seniors need to focus mainly on two things: strength training  and protein in their diet. Seniors are taking advantage of weight-training classes, yoga, aqua aerobics  and even spinning, and the pluses are worth the effort: improved strength … Continue reading

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Chemical in Soda May Make You Re-Think Your Drink

Need another reason to ditch soda? Researchers say Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi contain a chemical that causes cancer in animals, and a consumer group says the chemical may be responsible for thousands of human deaths every year. … Continue reading

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Pack Nutrition into Teen Diets

“There’s nothing to eat in this house!” Anyone with a teen can relate to this angry growl. This, after multiple trips to the grocery store, or even after your son has consumed the entire family meal before you arrive home. … Continue reading

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No Diabetes with a Change in Eating Routine for Senior

You are never too old to learn something new and make changes. Seniors who believe this and adjust their eating routines can significantly improve their health. His doctor said his fasting blood sugar was too high and he needed to … Continue reading

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Avoid Artificial Chemicals in Easter Candy

Some goodies in Easter baskets could drive children to be unfocused, impulsive and behave poorly, according to recent research, and the culprit is not sugar but specific food additives. Yet most parents are unaware of harmful chemicals lurking in cute … Continue reading

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Coconut Water Doesn’t Hydrate Better Than Water

Body water is lost daily through waste elimination and sweat; even when not visible on skin, we perspire regularly to maintain body temperature. Hydration involves replacing this water day to day. Coconut water can supply fluid to hydrate but is … Continue reading

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New Habits for a New Year

It’s a new year. It’s a time of self-reflection and goal setting –– to eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight. But how do you develop these habits? The typical gung-ho response is two weeks of unbearable ‘perfect’ torture followed … Continue reading

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Nightshade Vegetables and Arthritis

Nightshade vegetables are a group of plants that produce alkaloids,  substances that keep insects away. Some people believe alkaloids cause joint pain and arthritis, but little  research is available to substantiate this, and some research suggests the  opposite. Tomatoes, potatoes, … Continue reading

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Boston-based b.good Chain Focusses on Nutrition

Years ago, my sister Rose and I dreamed of opening a fast food restaurant  with tasty, healthy options for busy people, and our slogan was to be “fast food  with a conscience.” Now “b.good”, a Boston-based chain with a restaurant … Continue reading

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