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Red flags to watch for in young athletes

A fixation on weight or dieting could indicate your young athlete is grappling with issues that could harm her health. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Exercise is essential for girls, but problems can occur if they take in too few calories.Young females who eat too little risk menstrual irregularity, weak bones and eating disorders. Among high...

Manage your morning brew

An analysis of coffee studies found the benefits of moderate coffee consumption can outweigh the risks—but excessive consumption can lead to trouble. (For Spectrum Health Beat) It seems as though every day brings yet another study on the effects of caffeine or coffee in particular.Researchers have looked at its effects on almost every aspect of...

Got a pooch with a sweet tooth?

Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in some ice cream and a host of other products, can cause your dog to have problems with blood sugar levels. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The sugar substitute xylitol may help you lose weight, but it can be deadly for your dog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.Xylitol is...

Take a seat to eat—it’s the tastier way

If you’d like to sweeten up that pedestrian dish, you may want to take a seat. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Everybody eats while standing at parties, picnics and food trucks, but science suggests we’d all enjoy our food much more if we sat down.Your posture—that is, whether you’re sitting or standing—affects your sense of taste. And...

Want smart kids? Give ’em sports

The sustained intensity of certain sports may deliver significant benefits to your youngster’s developing mind. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Exercise is important for all kids because it boosts their overall health and wards off excess weight.But it holds added benefit for teens. According to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics, it improves their attention,...

Low-fat diet—a tool in breast cancer fight?

Researchers found that women following a low-fat diet reduced their overall calories, changed their cooking methods and reduced portion sizes of meat and dairy products. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Health experts have long touted the benefits of a low-fat diet for preventing heart disease, but now a large study suggests it might do the same...

Shun processed, shed pounds

Whole foods have less sugar and more fiber and they also require more effort to chew, which can slow your eating pace, researchers say. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Researchers have long believed the obesity epidemic is at least partly related to the proliferation of highly processed foods.Now, new research suggests the connection is real. In a...

Dried and true

If you want to lop the salt and fat out of your chips, it’s time to invest in a food dehydrator. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Want chips that deliver great taste without the typical additives in most packaged varieties? Then a food dehydrator is the kitchen appliance for you.At its core, a food dehydrator is...

The puzzling art of protein

Ounce for ounce, it’s near impossible to beat the mighty chicken if it’s protein you’re after. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Low-carb, vegetarian, Mediterranean—whatever your diet, it’s important to get enough protein.Although research hasn’t yet pinpointed one perfect formula, experts say that the typical “recommended” daily minimums aren’t optimal and that it helps to factor in...

Make room for legumes

Lentils are among the powerhouses of the legume family, high in nutritional value and versatile for the many uses in soups, stews, salads and other concoctions. (For Spectrum health Beat) Lentils are super nutritious legumes that sometimes take a backseat to beans because they’re not always as readily available and aren’t sold precooked in cans...

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