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Wheat Belly


Does eating wheat pack on the pounds?  For losing weight and keeping it off, there's nothing magical about going wheat-free. 
Nutrition Action Healthletter, NutritionAction.com
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Breakfast cereal tied to lower BMI for kids

Kathryn Doyle

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Regularly eating cereal for breakfast is tied to healthy weight for kids, according to a new study that endorses making breakfast cereal accessible to low-income kids to help fight childhood obesity.

One in every four American children lives in a food insecure household where breakfast isn't a sure thing, lead author Dr. Lana Frantzen told Reuters Health.

Read more: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_135743.html

Onions – the Unsung Hero of Healthy Eating


“The onion and its satin wrappings is among the most beautiful of vegetables and is the only one that represents the essence of things. It can be said to have a soul.” -- Charles Dudley Warner, ‘My Summer in a Garden’ (1871)

Onions may or may not have a soul, but they do provide substantial health benefits. Part of the Allium family of vegetables, onions, along with garlic, leeks, shallots, scallions and chives, have shown they help reduce cancer risks, contribute to heart health, aid digestion, protect brain tissue, and strengthen bones.Read more

What’s Your Wheat Problem?

Anya Sacharow

Americans love food demons and our newest one is wheat. The top-selling diet book of the moment is Wheat Belly, in which a Wisconsin-based cardiologist blames the humble grain for everything from dandruff to dementia. Author Dr. William Davis advises never letting the stuff cross your mouth; the inclusion of healthy whole grains at the top of the USDA’s food pyramid is “among the biggest health blunders ever made in the history of nutritional advice,” he writes.Read more

Folic Acid: Are You Getting Enough?

Wheat Foods Council

Folic acid, a B vitamin, is a big deal and this week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week.  Not only can folic acid and folate containing foods help prevent devastating birth defects but they may also help protect against heart disease, and colon, cervical and breast cancers.  Preliminary research also indicates a connection between adequate folic acid intake and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease as well as Parkinson’s disease.
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Daily Bread Consumption May Protect From Cardiovascular Disease

University of Barcelona

Consuming bread on a regular basis may do more than provide you with fiber and other essential nutrients—it may also help prevent cardiovascular disease.

A study led by University of Barcelona’s Professor Rafael Llorach Ramon Cajal linked daily bread consumption to a healthier lipid profile, resulting in better cardiovascular health.Read more

“Dressed” for the Holidays

Jula Kinnaird



Holiday meal preparations tend to focus on the main dish and desserts, but side dishes play an important supporting role. To make sure your holiday meal boasts an all-star cast, try your hand at some homemade dressing this year. It’s easy and will give your main dish some real pizzazz – whether you’re serving poultry, beef, pork or even vegetarian.Read more

No-knead, low-effort dinner rolls

Alison Ladman, The Associated Press

Looking for an easy, low-maintenance recipe to help dress up dinner? Look no further! These low-effort dinner rolls perfectly complement Thanksgiving dinner or any special holiday meal.

The dough does not require kneading, so even novice bakers should have no trouble making these tender, delicious rolls. Simply toss the ingredients into a bowl, mix, set aside, shape, bake and viola!—fluffy homemade bread with minimal effort. Pressed for time? The dough can be prepared, placed in the pan, and refrigerated up to a day ahead. Read more

Baking smell can make you more kind, study says

Press Trust of India

If the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season has you feeling like a Scrooge, consider whipping up some homemade bread, Christmas cookies, or a cake. The sweet smell of freshly baked goods does more than satisfy a sweet tooth—it can also put you in a better mood.

According to a study published by researchers at the University of Southern Brittany in France, shoppers standing in front of a bakery were more likely to help a stranger retrieve a dropped item than those shoppers who were standing in front of a clothing store.Read more

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