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Health & Nutrition

Eating a vegetarian diet creates an excellent foundation for a healthy life. Here, you'll learn how to get best nutrition and good health from the food you eat.

If a beta-carotene contest were held, sweet potatoes and carrots would tie for first place. But beyond that, which of these veggies wins an overall nutrition showdown? First, a bit about why beta-carotene is so great. All green leafy veggies, squashes, apricots, and even green peppers contain high levels of this provitamin. (FYI: It is called a provitamin because it converts to active vitamin A once it enters our bodies.) The more carotenoids we eat from plant foods, the stronger the shield we build around our cells to fight toxic free radicals.

 

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Credit your mom for being right—again. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Studies show that among the numerous benefits, breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer than morning-meal abstainers. And if you'd like to lose weight, an extra dose of protein may help. A recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the effects of a high-protein breakfast on appetite control and evening snacking.

Q: What do you think about juice cleanses? Are they worth it?

Wakame

How It Heals We tend to think of edible greens as something plucked from the soil, but Asian nations have been harvesting wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) and other sea vegetables from the ocean since ancient times, cherishing both their culinary and medicinal qualities.

Q: Should I avoid no-stir peanut butter? Is natural-style nut butter that separates more healthful for me?

Q I’ve been reading a lot lately about the dangerous levels of arsenic in rice, and it’s worrisome. As endurance athletes, my husband and I eat a fair amount of various brown rice products for easily digestible carbohydrates. Am I poisoning us?

Q: I'm the only vegetarian in my family. Can you suggest how to cook one meal that makes us all happy?

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