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How to Snack Smarter

How to Snack Smarter | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
The new way to stay lean, conquer cravings, and get all your daily nutrients is to master the mini meal.
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An article that extols the benefits of snacking - as the tagline puts it, snacking can help you to stay lean and conquer cravings, overall a viable strategy to practice and still stay on track with your diet with some careful planning.

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5 Myths About Soy You Probably Still Believe

5 Myths About Soy You Probably Still Believe | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
You certainly don't have to eat soy products, even as a vegetarian or vegan. But for many, options like veggie burgers, soy milk and miso soup make for convenient and tasty meat- or dairy-free dishes.

Despite how ubiquitous soy and its derivatives...
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An interesting perspective for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, this insightful article dismantles a selection of persistent myths that surround the consumption of soy products. 

 

Myths such as how men should not eat soy because of its estrogen-like qualities are addressed in the article, which comes complete with hyperlinks to back up each of its claims. 

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What are the top 10 healthy foods?

What are the top 10 healthy foods? | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Ideally, the top ten foods should be tasty as well as good for you. This article lists the top ten foods with taste, nutrition and health benefits in mind.
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While the concept of 'superfoods' may be nothing more than a myth popularized by the health food industry, it is true that a number of foods do possess almost medicinal qualities. After all, many drugs are originally made from extracts from organic sources like green vegetables and avocados. 

 

This list provides 10 options to consider including in your diet to reap these benefits, and provides brief explanations to convince you why. 

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Healthy snack

Healthy snack | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Need a nibble without a big slice of guilt to go with it? Tuck into a healthy snack, avoid that blood sugar dip and tide yourself over until dinner.
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Snacking is often blamed as being one of the contributors to weight gain. However, the fact is, if you get hungry in between meals, you are more likely to overeat at the next meal. The key to everything is moderation.

 

This handy list provides a plethora of ideas you can choose from, dismantling the myth that healthy snacks have to be just 'rabbit food'. 

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HowStuffWorks "10 Misconceptions About GMOs"

HowStuffWorks "10 Misconceptions About GMOs" | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) really bad for the environment and your health? Learn about 10 GMO misconceptions at HowStuffWorks.
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There is an unusual amount of controversy surrounding Genetically modified foods, or GMOs in the public arena today. I say unusual, because genetic modification of food products is by no means a new concept - as mentioned in this list, it dates all the way back to the dawn of agriculture. 

 

This article is careful to note how, as with all scientific progress, there is no clear, one-sided argument. All of it should be analyzed in their own contexts. However, it does go some way into breaking down many of the persistent myths surrounding genetically modified food. 

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7 Secretly Unhealthy Foods

7 Secretly Unhealthy Foods | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
You’ve been watching your diet and yet the pounds refuse to budge. These secret diet saboteurs may be to blame.
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This article may come as a bit of shock to health enthusiasts, as it debunks what many consider to be healthier alternatives. For example, vitamin water actually contains more sugar than a can of coke if the entire bottle is consumed in one serving. 

 

As well, this article contains useful suggestions to combat these foods, with 'Eat Smart' alternatives with which to replace them in your diet. 

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Health researchers see unique opportunity in self-tracker data | mobihealthnews

Health researchers see unique opportunity in self-tracker data | mobihealthnews | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Interesting piece of news, providing insight into how apps such as fitbit can provide researchers with insight into behavioral trends, which could go some distance into building of new research methodologies as well as business models for pharmaceutical companies. 

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13 Healthy, Homemade Juice Recipes ...

13 Healthy, Homemade Juice Recipes ... | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Why should you start compiling homemade juice recipes? Because the juice you make yourself is more nutritious, delicious, and wholesome than the juice you buy at the store, the coffee shop, or Jamba Juice, of course! You control what goes in and, more importantly, you control what you leave out, like preservatives or too much
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It may be a website for the ladies, but I'm sure everyone could benefit from a healthy glass of juice, any day. 

 

This is a selection of recipes that are simple enough to do on your own, requiring just a little effort to bypass the sugary drinks you get outside that are both unhealthy and overpriced. 

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Top 10 Diet Mistakes

Top 10 Diet Mistakes | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Some common mistakes are at the root of most diet failures. Here are 10 mistakes you should not make if you want to lose weight.
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A very simple, yet accurate overview of the possible mistakes an individual might make when unsure of how best to start a diet program. No drastic changes are required - it is just a checklist to tick off for anyone who questions why their diet doesn't seem to be producing any visible results. 

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10 Ways to Add Healthy Fats to The Diet

10 Ways to Add Healthy Fats to The Diet | Fitness and Nutrition | Scoop.it
One of the most common mistakes people do on a low-carb diet is not eating enough fat. Here are 10 ways to add healthy and nutritious fats to your diet.
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One of the biggest misconceptions about nutrition is that all fat is bad, and to be avoided at all costs. In fact, we need fat for a variety of reasons - other than the obvious purpose they serve as energy reserves, fat can cushion and protect vital organs, insulate the body against heat loss, secrete chemicals that regulate appetite and other processes and protect nerve tissue. It is essential that our diets not be deficient in fat. 

 

This article provides a useful guide to choosing the right sources of fat to choose so that your diet is not compromised. 

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