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Guide to Wellness

2019 SIP

Consumer Reports, Guide to Wellness, will help you discover the healing power of food. What are the top superfoods and how to make healthy swaps. Also, learn about supplements that can make you sick and how to enhance your heart health.

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start here—for a healthier you!

(PHOTO: JUICE IMAGES/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO)YOU WANT TO feel great, inside and out, and we’re here to help. Consumer Reports is on your side, sharing easy-to-follow advice based on the latest medical studies from the most respected experts (including our own Ph.D.s, dietitians, editors, engineers, and researchers).We know that even when you want to do the best for your health it’s easy to get confused by the constantly changing, sometimes conflicting information out there. That’s why we take a hard-evidence-based approach to every topic, guiding you past questionable science and marketing hyperbole to get to the safest, smartest solutions for everything from insomnia to pain to the best ways to stay fit.You can trust our insight because we’re nonprofit and independent: We buy all the products we test, and we accept…

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guide to wellness

President and CEO Marta L. TelladoSenior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Leonora WienerVice President, Chief Content Officer Gwendolyn BoundsEditor in Chief, Consumer Reports Magazine Diane SalvatoreDeputy Editor, Special Interest Publications Amanda LeckyDesign Director Matthew LenningCreative Director, Brand Young KimAssociate Design Director Sheri GellerArt Directors Tammy Morton Fernandez, Lisa Slater, Tracy StoraPhoto Editors Emilie Harjes, Karen ShinbaumSenior Director, Content Development Glenn DereneDeputy Directors, Content Development Christopher Kirkpatrick, Ellen KunesAssociate Directors, Content Development Scott Billings, Althea ChangSenior Director, Content Impact & Corporate Outreach Jen ShecterEditorial Director, Digital Erle NortonSpecial Projects Joel Keehn, Director; Lisa L. Gill, Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Deputies; Ryan Felton, Writer Senior Director, Product Testing Maria RerecichHealth & Food Trisha Calvo, Content Lead; Editors/Writers: Lauren F. Friedman, Jesse Hirsch, Kevin Loria, Catherine Roberts, Diane Umansky. Food Testing: Claudia Gallo. Analyst: Antonella…

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A Toast to the AvocadoAvocados have become hugely popular in recent years, but are they good for you? In a word: Yes. Half of a medium avocado has 114 calories and 10 grams of fat. That might sound like a lot of fat, but about 64 percent of it is monounsaturated, which lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. And avocados offer an array of vitamins and minerals not often found together in one place. These include folic acid and vitamins B6, C, E, and K. Avocados are rich in blood-pressure-lowering potassium and fiber. They also contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are linked to eye health. So go ahead and enjoy your avocado—on toast, in a smoothie, or however else you please.Hugs…

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decoding food expiration dates

The average American throws out almost a pound of food every day, according to the Department of Agriculture. Why? For one thing, it’s often hard to know how long packaged foods are still okay to eat because there are no federal regulations on date labeling, with the exception of those on infant formula.UNDERSTANDING DATESYou’re likely to see one of three designations on food products, though “Sell-By” has a different meaning from “Best if Used By/Before” and “Use-By” (see below). Typically, manufacturers use methods such as lab tests and taste testing to set label dates, according to a report from The Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard University. But those dates have little to do with safety. And, in many cases, the date you see is conservative, so if you eat…

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what we’re testing in our labs …

Adult Bike HelmetsWE TESTED: 45WE TEST FOR: Ability to absorb impact forces in a crash, ventilation, fit adjustments, and ease of use.ABOUT THE SCORES:Median: 73Range: 88-22Best Overall PerformanceScott Arx Plus$12588 OVERALL SCOREEasily AdjustableCannondale CAAD MIPS$8085 OVERALL SCORESuperior ValueBell Draft$4082 OVERALL SCOREAir FryersWE TESTED: 14WE TEST FOR: Legibility and functionality of controls, noise, and ease of cleaning.ABOUT THE SCORES:Median: 68Range: 75-53Largest CapacityNuWave 6-qt. 37001$14075 OVERALL SCOREEasy to Use and CleanNinja AF100$10071 OVERALL SCORENice PriceFarberware HF-919B$7071 OVERALLL SCOREAir PurifierWE TESTED: 32WE TEST FOR: Dust, pollen, and smoke removal at high and low speeds; noise at high and low speeds; annual cost of operation.ABOUT THE SCORES:Median: 52Range: 89-18Effective and PortableHoneywell HPA300$20076 OVERALL SCOREQuick Air CleaningAllen Breathesmart$60072 OVERALL SCORESolid Bargain PickWinix 5300-2$15059 OVERALL SCOREBlood Pressure MonitorsWE TESTED: 29WE TEST FOR: Accuracy of a model’s…

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healing foods

(SAM KAPLAN/TRUNK ARCHIVE)(LEVI BROWN/TRUNK ARCHIVE)(TRUNK ARCHIVE)Kitchen Wisdom Common foods like tea, sweet potatoes, bananas, and ginger, can cure what ails you. (TRAVIS RATHBONE/TRUNK ARCHIVE)A HEALTHY DIET—one with abundant quantities of produce and whole grains, and moderate amounts of “good” fats and lean protein—can help prevent and control chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. But certain foods can have a more immediate benefit and may help tame common health problems such as headaches and insomnia. So the next time you experience one of the conditions below, consider heading to your kitchen before you open your medicine cabinet.Sip Away HeadachesWhether you have headaches frequently or only occasionally, “the first thing to do if you get one is drink a tall glass of water or two,” says Robin Foroutan, M.S., R.D.N.,…