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9 heart-healthy foods to lower cholesterol and blood pressure

Food can start you on a path to heart disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S. — or help prevent high cholesterol, clogged arteries and heart attacks.

Diet can have a huge impact on heart health, says Dr. Sean Heffron, a cardiologist in the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at NYU Langone Health in New York.

“What we eat can influence our blood pressure, our blood sugar, our cholesterol levels, certainly our body weight,” Heffron tells

“All of those things have a direct impact on the vasculature of the blood vessels of the body and can drive atherosclerotic heart disease. So what we eat is very important.”

The first step in the right direction is eliminating processed foods, which are high in salt and fat, and eat more whole fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, says Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist, clinical

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NYC’s food policy will help you and the environment

The way we eat impacts everything — our physical health, our mental health, our way of life. And it impacts our planet, too. For too long, food has been left out of the conversation around combating climate change, even though it is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Today, Oct. 16, on World Food Day, we are highlighting how New York City is charting a path forward to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by changing the way we eat.

The Adams administration took the bold step to center food in our climate plan, PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done. Through the plan, Mayor Adams committed to cutting down food-based emissions by 33% by 2030 and challenged our private sector partners to cut their food emissions by 25%. And for the first time in the city’s history, New York also launched an Integrated Citywide Greenhouse Gas Inventory, giving us comprehensive

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Highly Rated Diets to Support Heart Health

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Eating healthy is an important goal for people looking to maintain or improve their physical health, particularly as it relates to the heart. With often conflicting information available online and via social media, it may be difficult or downright confusing to find the eating plan for you.

To help navigate the maze of information — and misinformation — experts assessed and scored the heart healthiness of several popular diets. Each diet was evaluated against the American Heart Association’s guidance for a heart-healthy eating pattern, which emphasizes eating a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins (including fish, low- or nonfat dairy and plant proteins), nontropical plant oils and minimally processed foods; avoiding added sugars, salt and alcohol; and sticking to this guidance even when you’re eating away from home.

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Why it’s nutty not to eat nuts to improve your health – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

(CNN) — Toss toasted pecans into a salad instead of croutons. Add chopped walnuts to Saturday morning’s pancake mix. Swirl some peanut butter into the sauce of a veggie stir-fry.

These simple steps to add nutty goodness elevate the flavors in a recipe and boost the nutrition in your dish.

Nuts get rave reviews from nutritionists like me primarily because of their healthy fat profile. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts are rich in cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and contain lower amounts of cholesterol-raising saturated fats. (So do peanuts, which are technically legumes.)

And that’s not all. Nuts contain dietary fiber, plant-based protein, vitamin E and potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Because they’re chock-full of these nutrients and the fats that support heart health, the US Food and Drug Administration allows packages of nuts to sport this qualified health claim:  “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5

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Hints and habits to help oceans stay healthy

SAN FRANCISCO — It all seems so daunting: plastics in the ocean, dying coral reefs, entire species being wiped out – but don’t click away in despair!

There really are things everyone can do to help make the ocean cleaner and keep our environment healthier.

Here are some easy (or mostly easy) life changes that have a big impact on our environment.

Eat fish responsibly

Whenever you eat fish, make sure you choose a sustainable variety that isn’t endangered.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” program has online guides detailing which fish are your best bets. All of these directories, broken up by region, can be downloaded into a printable pocket guide – so if you’re a seafood lover, it’s a handy resource to keep nearby.

The most consumed seafoods in the U.S. are shrimp, salmon and tuna. If those are among your go-to choices, some more environmentally responsible

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10 Important Foods That Support Hair Growth, Strength, and Health

You won’t grow Rapunzel locks overnight, but eating a nutrient-rich diet is a key habit for healthy hair.

Who doesn’t want strong, healthy, vibrant hair? But luscious, thriving locks can be more difficult for some people to achieve based on a variety of factors including age, genetics, and certain medical conditions. There is certainly a plethora of topical hair products and supplements available to encourage hair growth, or to reduce hair loss or thinning, but many work with only varying success (or are straight-up untrustworthy).

But the more holistic solution is to adopt some healthy lifestyle habits that help hair grow strong and healthy—including eating foods rich in key, hair-loving nutrients.

While we can’t control many of the elements at play when it comes to our hair growth, we can control which foods we order, snack on, and cook with. By making intentional nutritional choices, we can promote healthier hair,

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Breastfeeding While Vegan? It’s Healthy and Safe, Research Finds

Amsterdam UMC researchers have revealed groundbreaking findings that alleviate any potential concerns regarding the nutritional adequacy of breast milk from vegan mothers. According to a study presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, a vegan diet does not impact the essential nutrients, vitamin B2, and carnitine, found in breast milk

These nutrients, typically found in high concentrations in animal products, are crucial for infant development.

With the number of vegans doubling over the past four years, some people might question whether breastfed infants of vegan mothers could face deficiencies in key nutrients. Lead researcher Hannah Juncker, MD, emphasized the significance of the maternal diet on the composition of human milk. 

“The rise of vegan diets worldwide, including among lactating mothers, has raised concerns about the nutritional adequacy of their milk,” Juncker said in a statement.


However, this recent study

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