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garcinia-cambogia200It seems that every week the media “discovers” another weight loss miracle. This week, it’s garcinia cambogia, or simply “garcinia.” Dr. Oz is praising it as a “miracle” and there are no shortage of ads and news features touting it as the “wonder herb” for weight loss. But does it really work, and is it safe? What is the “real” story on garcinia?

First, what is garcinia? Garcinia is an herbal supplement that’s extracted from the fruit of the Malabar Tamarind plant found in Southeast Asia. The active ingredient is Hydroxycitric Acid, or HCA. HCA is the claimed “fat blocker” … Read the rest

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We have recently discovered the wonder of healthy smoothies for breakfast. They are quick and easy to make, they are filling, and they’re packed with vitamins and nutrients. However, not all smoothies are created equally, and some can actually be dangerous to your health.

Many people, especially when they first start drinking smoothies, think that they need a lot of sugar to make them “taste good.” That can lead to problems for some who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Don’t forget that fruit, one of the main ingredients in smoothies, is loaded with sugar. Add regular, flavored yogurt and you’re adding … Read the rest

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There has been a lot of interest in gluten-free diets recently. These diets have gotten a boost from celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Gwyneth Paltrow, who preach the merits of gluten-free living. But, just like eating low-fat or low-sugar foods, you have to be careful when buying gluten-free products.

Is a gluten-free diet right for you? Check with an expert. We recommend our good friend Jennifer Fugo at www.GlutenFreeSchool.com.

The American Celiac Disease Alliance warns people that gluten-free products can be higher in fat and calories than other products, and if you’re not careful, you can actually gain weight … Read the rest

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A recent study published in PLoS One, a scientific journal, found that women aren’t doing as much housework as they used to and that is contributing to weight gain.

To be sure, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the current obesity epidemic, and housework (or lack of) may certainly be one of them. When you read the study in detail, you find that what the researchers are really saying is that people today, not just women, engage in fewer calorie-burning activities in general.

They found that in 1965, women spent about 26 hours a week cleaning, cooking … Read the rest

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Healthy Meals in a Snap

Soup is one of those food categories that can include almost anything. Soup can be a light appetizer or a full meal. It can include just about any type of meat, or no meat at all. It can be a warm, comfortable food on a cold day, or a nice, chilled side dish on a hot summer day.

Soups can be low in calories and fat while still being very filling, and that’s great for anyone trying to watch what they eat. Vegetable-based soups are a great option since they combine a high nutrient density … Read the rest

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