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How to Eat Healthy and Love it, Too!

How to Eat Healthy and Love it, Too!

October 2020

Consumer Reports Healthy Eating will help you make the healthiest and smartest meal time decicions.  We do the research, testing, and user reliability research to help you make the best decision for all of your household purchases.

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1 min.
putting your health first

IT’S MORE IMPORTANT than ever to take charge of your health. A few strategic changes to your daily habits can help you reap huge benefits for your body and mind: reduced risk of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, a toned physique, and even improved immunity. CR will help you every step of the way. We’ve devoted this special issue to expert advice on the smartest nutrition moves—like choosing antioxidant-rich superfoods, the best protein sources, and the healthiest summer drinks. Plus, we’re sharing guides to easy home cooking, staying fit, and sanitizing your home—along with exclusive product ratings. You can trust our insight because we’re nonprofit and independent: We buy all the products we test, and we don’t accept any ads. As always, we’re here to help you make the informed choices…

6 min.
nutrition moves to make now

CHANCES ARE THAT your eating habits have changed in the past several months. Between lockdowns and just staying home more than we're used to, most of us have been cooking a lot. But if popular hashtags on social media are any indication—#cantstopeating, #quarantine15, and #stressbaking, to name just a few—we’ve also been overindulging in this period of uncertainty. Rather than diving into the fruits of our baking labors or a pantry filled with snacks, it’s possible to look at this undeniably difficult time as a chance to adopt or improve your healthy eating habits. Before you laugh and reach for the cookies, consider these two very good reasons to keep paying attention to nutrition. “What you choose to eat can mean the difference between feeling energetic or fatigued, and between strengthening…

2 min.
the big benefits of seeds

SUPER NUTRITION CAN come in small packages. Just look at seeds, the latest dietary darling. “Seeds offer a ton of nutritional benefits, from helping with cholesterol levels to fighting off inflammation and infections to contributing to steady blood sugars,” says Katherine Basbaum, M.S., R.D., a clinical dietitian for the Heart and Vascular Center at UVA Health. And this tasty trend is appearing everywhere, including in breads and puddings. What makes seeds so good for you? Their high concentration of healthy fats, for one thing. “Seeds also contain dietary fiber, some protein, and a variety of antioxidants,” says Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., a culinary nutritionist in New York City and the author of “The Clean and Simple Diabetes Cookbook” (American Diabetes Association, 2020). Each has unique benefits and nutrients to offer. Here are…

1 min.
seeds make perfect snack foods

SEED SNACK MIX Preheat oven to 250° F. Mix 1 cup pumpkin and sunflower seeds, 2 Tbsp. sesame or flaxseeds (or both), 1 tsp. oil (sunflower or any type), 1 tsp. maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and ½-1 tsp. of spices like cinnamon, chili powder, or paprika in a bowl. Spread on a baking sheet and bake 10 to 20 minutes, tossing every 5 minutes, until dry. Makes 8 servings, 2 Tbsp each. Per serving: 110 calories, 9 g fat, 1 g sat. fat, 40 g sodium, 4 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 4 g protein. TROPICAL CHIA PUDDING Combine 2 Tbsp. chia seeds and ½ cup soy milk in a sealable container. Whisk well. Let sit 5 minutes; whisk again. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, stir and…

3 min.
should you be eating more herbs?

YOU PROBABLY ALREADY know that loading up on vegetables and fruit is good for your health. But there’s another—sometimes overlooked—nutritional powerhouse you should keep on hand in your kitchen: herbs. Whether fresh or dried, these fragrant botanicals not only enhance the flavor of food—which can be particularly important when appetites wane or taste buds dull—but also may help you cut back on salt. What’s more, polyphenols—compounds that give herbs their unique flavors—have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and other healthful properties, says Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Polyphenols have been linked to beneficial health effects in both laboratory and human studies. Some, for instance, have been associated with lower blood sugar. But because most of the research has looked at polyphenols in isolation—not how whole…

1 min.
the lowdown on herbal supplements

Many herbs also come in supplement form, but these pills are largely unregulated. “You don’t know if you’re getting what the label says you’re getting,” says Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., M.P.H., a dietitian at RRUCLA Medical Center. CR’s tests of two types of botanical supplements raised several concerns about potency and purity. (Plus, whole herbs probably contain many compounds we don’t yet know the benefits of, Hunnes says.) If you’re determined to take a supplement, check the label for a seal of quality from USP, NSF, UL, or ConsumerLab. And always let your doctor know if you plan to start taking a supplement, because some may interfere with medication.…