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How to Eat Healthy and Love it, Too!

How to Eat Healthy and Love it, Too!

April 2019

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.
eating well can taste great, too

FOOD IS ONE of life’s greatest pleasures. And it has the power to make you feel good well after the taste has faded. A healthy diet can help you live longer, boost your energy, keep your mind sharp, and much more. But it’s not always easy to sort good nutrition advice from the popular diet of the week. That’s where we come in. Consumer Reports is here to help you sort the healthy foods from the health fads. Our team of Ph.D.s, dietitians, recipe developers, and researchers shares easy-to-follow advice based on the latest studies from the most respected experts. And our taste testers and engineers review thousands of products to help you buy the best. You can trust our advice because we’re nonpro­t and independent: We buy everything we test, and…

3 min.
news bites

Q. I’ve heard turmeric has many benefits. Should I take a supplement? Curcumin, a compound in turmeric, has been touted as an aid for everything from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer, but studies in people haven’t found real benefits, says Kathryn Nelson, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the department of medicinal chemistry at the University of Minnesota. One big problem: Very little of the curcumin in many supplements is absorbed by the body. And talk to your doctor—turmeric supplements can interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners. You’re better off enjoying the orange spice in food; it’s widely used in Indian cuisine. Belly Fat May Affect Your Brain People with wider waistlines had lower scores on memory, thinking, and concentration tests than those with trimmer middles in a recent study of 5,186…

1 min.
how to pick a healthy cold brew coffee

Ready-to-drink cold brews are popular, with sales increasing 137 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to market research firm Mintel. They’re not just convenient, some are positioned as healthy, with claims of electrolyte and protein content, and more. But when Consumer Reports’ nutritionists evaluated ready-to-drink cold brews, comparing their nutrition and claims, they found that these drinks aren’t always a smart choice for your health. “You might be surprised not only by the amount of sugars in some of these drinks, but also by the sodium and other additives they contain,” says Amy Keating, R.D., a Consumer Reports nutritionist. Try one of the healthier cold brews (right) that our tests turned up. And if you can’t find one of these, look for unsweetened black on the label, then add milk and sweetener yourself,…

2 min.
products we love

1. Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor Attachment BLSTMB-CBF-000 $90 Though small at only 5 cups, this is a sturdy pick with great chopping and dicing features, as well as excellent grating. Plus, it will easily fit in any kitchen and costs hundreds less than some other models. oster.com 2. Melamine Mixing Bowls With Spout $33 for three We haven’t tested these bowls, but they have an appealing design, with easy-grip handles, spouts, and nonslip bases. williams-sonoma.com 3. LooseLeaf Kale and Greens Stripper $8 This neat tool (which we have not tested) promises to make quick work stripping the leaves of greens herbs from their stems. chefn.com 4. Bella Pro Series KT-3431 (90062) Toaster $50 This mighty mini toaster excelled in all of our tests, and even offers a “gluten free” setting to…

2 min.
what does 100 calories look like?

PAYING ATTENTION to portion sizes of the foods you eat is one of the easiest ways to keep your diet on a healthy track. You want to choose more nutrient-packed, low-calorie foods and smaller servings of those that are high in added sugars and other refined carbohydrates, sodium, and unhealthy fats. Sounds pretty obvious, but it can get a little confusing when you’re faced with several choices. One easy way to judge is to think of how much of a food you can have for 100 calories. While following a healthy diet isn’t all about calorie counting—you also want to consider the nutrition those calories supply—this visual guide to 100-calorie portions can help you make better choices among similar foods. Movie Candy Concession-stand packages may seem like single servings. But one box usually…

6 min.
how to love your leafy greens

Potent Disease Fighters Leafy greens contain important compounds necessary for overall health. “They tend to be very high in vitamin K and folate,” says Dana Hunnes, R.D., Ph.D., an adjunct assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Vitamin K helps blood to clot, and folate is a type of B vitamin important for cell division, which is key to our body’s ability to heal itself. Scientists have linked leafy greens to a lower risk of many chronic diseases. Some of the latest research suggests that they may help brain function. A January 2018 study from Rush University Medical School in Chicago found that eating as little as 1⅓ cups of lettuce daily—or just more than ½ cup of cooked greens—may delay the decline in memory and cognitive skills that…