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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...

Let’s get grilling

A surefire route to healthy grilling: Toss some fresh fruits and vegetables on the grill and drizzle on some olive oil. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Tired of the same old barbecue? Looking for healthier options that transcend those humdrum hot dogs and banal burgers?It doesn’t matter if you’re a vegetarian or a meat-lover, or even...

Picnics, potlucks and … pathogens?

Proper food preparation and smart organization can help you avoid cross-contamination and spoilage. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The end of the school year is fast approaching. The warm-weather days are finally here. You’ve penciled in your must-see, must-do events for the summer.Boating. Amusement parks. Local festivals. Pretty much anything that gives you an excuse to...

CDC: Hepatitis A infections soaring

The most effective defense against hepatitis A is vaccination, but the most vulnerable populations typically remain unvaccinated. (For Spectrum Health Beat) The number of Americans infected with hepatitis A has grown nearly 300% in just three years, health officials reported recently.The staggering increase has come despite an effective vaccine and is seen mostly among drug...

Subtract the additive

Propionate is a preservative commonly found in breads and other manufactured foods. Researchers are trying to pin down the effects on humans, but in animal trials the ingredient led to weight gain. (For Spectrum Health Beat) If you’re watching your weight, you probably know to avoid sugary and fatty foods.But what about preservatives? Eating a preservative...

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