"To succeed at the diet game, new research suggests a "CAN"-do attitude may be more helpful than relying on willpower or education.
After reviewing more than 100 studies, Cornell University researchers found three things help people choose healthier foods. The food must be convenient (C), attractive (A) and normal (N), or CAN.
So how do you put the principles of CAN into practice? First, make nutritious food choices convenient. At home, for instance, Wansink suggests placing a fruit bowl within two feet of where people walk by it. And have at least two options available -- apples and bananas, for example."
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"Eating nuts, including peanuts and peanut butter, may help you live longer, a new study suggests.
Researchers looked at the diets of more than 200,000 people in both the United States and China, and found nut consumption was linked with a lower risk of premature death from heart disease and other causes.
The group who ate the most nuts, peanuts and peanut butter reduced their risk of early death from heart disease and all other causes by about 20 percent, compared to the group eating the least, she said."
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"Stop chugging sugary soda and munching sweet treats. Cut back on red meats, butter and other sources of saturated fat. Lay off the salt shaker. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies. And don't worry about having an egg and an extra cup of coffee with your breakfast.
These are the conclusions of the advisory panel that helps shape America's official dietary guidelines, and they appear to be about the same as they were back in 2010, the last time the guidelines were updated, dietitians say.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report this year concludes that Americans are still eating far too much sugar, salt and saturated fat, increasing their risk of chronic and deadly illnesses.
Americans also aren't getting adequate levels of important nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, potassium, fiber and iron, the committee found."
Read the article above to see which foods are the worst offenders and what the committee recommends.
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"The next time you order that pastrami-on-rye at your local deli, you may get an unwanted ingredient -- the illness-inducing listeria bacterium.
That's the finding from a Purdue University study of dozens of delicatessens. Researchers say that on any given day, up to one in 10 deli swab samples tested positive for the Listeria monocytogenes germ.
Ready-to-eat deli meats are most often associated with listeria, the study authors noted, since the germ can grow even when foods are refrigerated, unlike other bugs such as E. coli or salmonella."
Take a look at the news article above to see how listeria can affect your body and what you can do to protect yourself at home and at a deli.
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We saw a lot of changes around heart health recently -- new guidelines on cholesterol and blood pressure and more information about the dangers of salt and sugar. So, how do we apply all of this new information to our everyday lives?