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Meat matters

Cooking methods can help determine the eventual fat content of your beef. An oven rack, for example, will allow more fat to drain away as the meat cooks. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Beef often gets a bad rap, but is it really that bad for you?Here’s the problem: Most cuts of beef tend to be...

The long game

Along with a healthy diet, regular exercise is a hallmark of a lifestyle committed to success in the wake of weight-loss surgery. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Eating habits and physical activity have a greater impact on weight-loss surgery’s long-term success than measures like counting calories, a new study finds.Researchers also found that evaluation of patients’...

The optimal oil

When bottled in a dark glass, olive oil retains its antioxidant properties. (For Spectrum Health Beat) When it comes to healthy oils, extra virgin olive oil is the top choice for your healthy pantry.Because it’s the first press of the olives, extra virgin olive oil not only tastes better, but also has higher levels of...

Build a cholesterol-busting diet

Fatty fish, certain oils and nuts and seeds are excellent sources of polyunsaturated fats. (For Spectrum Health Beat) It’s not always possible to lower cholesterol through diet alone—sometimes there’s no way to override your DNA. Sometimes medication becomes a must.But certain foods can be part of the plan to improve your numbers, to both lower...

Got broccoli and berries? Turn down the heat

Antioxidant-rich foods used in recipes should be cooked at lower temperatures for shorter periods. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Foods high in antioxidants—like kale, broccoli and blueberries—could be your ticket to better health as long as you don’t cook the nutrition out of them.Some like it hot, but not the delicate pigments that give antioxidant-rich veggies...

Don’t be the diabetes police

Rather than urging someone to better monitor their diabetes, consider asking them what you can do to help. (For Spectrum Health Beat) When Giuseppina Miller’s 8-year-old son, Peter, was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he necessarily got a lot of his parents’ attention.“We tried to adjust pretty well, but I was getting no sleep...

Sharpen your metabolic insight

Scrutinizing what you eat—and how much—will play an outsized role in shaping your metabolism in your mid-30s and beyond. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Your metabolism rate determines how fast you burn calories. That can influence how fast you lose weight—and how easily you can gain it.After age 25, metabolism naturally slows by 5 percent every...

Sharpen your supermarket smarts

Advertising shouldn’t dictate the bulk of your purchasing habits when shopping for food. Many ads shift your attention to packaged goods and away from fresh produce. (For Spectrum Health Beat) If supermarket circulars influence your grocery shopping, you could be saving money at the expense of your health.That’s because studies show the offerings are often...

The science of shape

About two dozen genetic variations help determine if a person is prone to carrying weight around the belly, according to new research. (For Spectrum Health Beat) A large, new study has uncovered 24 genetic variations that help separate the apple-shaped people from the pear-shaped ones.Researchers said the findings help explain why some people are prone...

Mind your aging eyes

Quitting smoking is just one step you can take to lower your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. (For Spectrum Health Beat) Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is an incurable eye disease that affects millions of older Americans, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk, a vision expert...

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