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Healthy plant-based diet may lower risk by 19%

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Choosing more healthy plant-based food sources could help reduce the risk of sleep apnea, research suggests. Sophia Hsin/Stocksy
  • Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder that has been linked directly to cardiovascular issues, and indirectly to cancer, diabetes, and dementia due to loss of healthy sleep.
  • A new study finds that eating a healthy plant-based diet can significantly reduce the risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea.
  • The study also indicates that consuming an unhealthy plant-based diet heavy in refined grains, sugar, and salt, as well as too many animal-based foods, significantly raises the chances of developing obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs at a time least likely to be detected by a person who has it — while they are sleeping. Nonetheless, it is a serious condition. There is a range of factors that may cause it. A new study investigates

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Why You May Snore Less If You Eat a Plant-Based Diet

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New research suggests that people who eat a plant-based diet may have a lower risk of experiencing obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Daria Kulkova/Getty Images
  • Eating healthy plant-based food may reduce instances of dangerous snoring, according to new research.
  • However, people who ate an unhealthy plant-based diet were shown to have an increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Experts say healthy foods may lower your risk of snoring and sleep apnea by reducing inflammation and helping you keep a healthy weight.
  • To counteract snoring, you should incorporate nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods into your diet

According to new research, adopting a healthy plant-based diet may be an effective way to stop snoring.

A study published this week in ERJ Open Research found people who eat a healthy, plant-based diet that is high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and nuts are less likely to experience obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

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Eating less meat may help lower cardiovascular risk

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Eating less meat could have benefits for the heart, research has found. Sergey Narevskih/Stocksy
  • Changing dietary habits and increasing physical activity levels can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.
  • Plant-based diets have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease than an omnivorous diet rich in meats and processed meats.
  • A new observational study suggests that a flexitarian diet — involving limiting the intake of meat instead of its complete exclusion — was associated with lower cardiovascular risk than an omnivorous diet.
  • The study underscores the benefits of increasing the consumption of plant-based foods in lieu of meat for improving cardiovascular health, but larger studies are needed to confirm these results.

Reducing the consumption of meat has been gaining popularity due to the potential health benefits and smaller environmental footprint. While studies have supported the beneficial effects of a plant-based diet

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Taco Bell ‘front runner’ in healthy fast-food restaurants, here’s how

If you have a craving for Mexican fare, Taco Bell may be a better bet for your health and waistline than you think — as long as you know how to navigate the fast food chain’s menu.

“Taco Bell has become a front-runner in healthy fast-food restaurants,” Jen Hernandez, a Kentucky-based registered dietitian nutritionist, who is the founder and CEO of Plant-Powered Kidneys Inc., told Fox News Digital.

“They focus on including more fresh plants, plant proteins and low-sodium options,” she said. “In many ways, they help consumers eat healthier without even realizing it.”

That said, not everything on the menu is exactly a dietitian’s dream. 

For Ella Davar (NutritionistElla.com), a longevity dietitian and gut health nutritionist based in Miami and New York City, Taco Bell is not a top pick for healthy eating, although “it does not mean that we can not find healthy options there,” she said.

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Healthy Eating Made Easier: Supplement Assists That Work!

As we turn the page on a new year, many of us look to reset unhealthy eating patterns or counteract a season of holiday indulgences with a fresh diet. That might mean taking on keto to shed stubborn pounds, adopting a FODMAP protocol to finally solve lingering digestive health issues, or cutting out animal products to improve heart health or address climate change concerns. Whatever the reasons we may have for adopting a new eating plan, getting started can be challenging, but natural products retailers are in an ideal position to set their customers up for success as they start their diet journey. 

One way to help them get a healthy jumpstart: When customers are in your stores stocking up on produce, protein bars, and other diet staples, it’s worth encouraging them to take a trip down the supplement aisle, too. “I’m a huge believer in intelligently targeted supplementation,” says 

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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 TODAY.com.

“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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