Story highlights Fiber and protein can be higher in vegetarian meals, but saturated fat and sodium vary McDonald's Big Mac has fewer calories and less sodium than some veggie burgers (CNN)Plant-based diets have been associated with many health benefits, including a reduced risk of obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. So it might naturally follow that vegetarian fast food, which is inherently plant-based, would be more nutritionally appealing than its traditional relatives. The truth is that, although the notion works in many cases, it's not a guiding food principle you can count on. "Just because a restaurant or fast food menu item says it's vegetarian or vegan, it doesn't mean that it's automatically 'healthy.' It can have just as much, if not more, calories, saturated fat and sodium as non-vegetarian options," said Sharon Palmer, a registered dietitian and author of "Plant-Powered for Life." JUST WATCHED Is plant-based fast food healthy? Replay More … [Read more...] about Is vegetarian fast food actually good for you?
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Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE It's National French Fry Day — and we aren't surprised that fried spuds have earned themselves their own holiday. A recent survey on America's favorite comfort foods found that French fries clock in at number five. Let's be honest, who doesn't salivate at the smell of warm, crispy fries dusted with salt? But the beloved fast-food side is notoriously high in unhealthy fat and calories, meaning anyone still clinging to the healthy diet they adopted in the new year has put them on the "forbidden foods" list. But before you ban French fries from the menu forever, take a deep (fried) breath. First of all, potatoes aren’t the problem. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating them boiled, baked or mashed doesn't pose the same health risks as eating them fried. We all know that hitting the drive-thru comes with a side of saturated fat and sodium. So if you’re craving fries, baking up a … [Read more...] about 12 French fry recipes that are actually good for you
Q: Coconut oil has gotten to be really popular, but now there's a study that says it's just as bad for you as beef fat and butter. How is that possible? It has no animal fat whatsoever. A: Coconut oil is definitely having a moment. It has gone from being a specialty item in the health food store to sitting side-by-side with the rest of the cooking oils in major grocery stores. And you're correct -- coconut oil is definitely not an animal product. However, that doesn't prevent it from being a saturated fat. Coconut oil turns out to have a significantly higher percentage of saturated fat than does butter, beef fat or lard. Coconut oil is between 80 and 90 percent saturated fat. Butter is about 65 percent saturated fat, while lard and beef fat each come in at 40 percent saturated fat.The reason this is an issue is because saturated fat in the diet is associated with a rise in blood levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, the so-called "bad" cholesterol. Blood levels of … [Read more...] about Coconut oil is a saturated fat that should be used in moderation
The majority of Lauren Popeck’s patients want to lose weight.“They say, ‘I’ve tried everything and I don’t know why I can’t lose weight,’” said Popeck, who’s been a registered dietitian for nearly two decades and works at Orlando Health.Popeck doesn’t have a magic pill or diet for them. “Because all these diets out there don’t work for everybody,” she said.With four months into the year and our diet resolutions forgotten, we asked Popeck for some advice on how to get back on track the right way.The U.S. News & World Report recently came out with best diets rankings. DASH diet and Mediterranean diet were tied as No. 1 best diets overall. What’s your favorite diet?I recommend more of a Mediterranean style of eating. That means having a diet that’s low on saturated fats and sweets, and high on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and it includes healthy fats like fish and olive … [Read more...] about Which diet is best for you?
iStock: sorrapongYogurt is filled with probiotics, good bacteria that help support the immune system, aid in digestion, and destroy harmful pathogens. This trendy health food comes with its share of controversy, as conflicting studies question the healing ability of yogurt for acid reflux.Acid reflux is a gastroesophageal disorder that affects the chest region as excess stomach acid builds up and enters the esophagus. It is also referred to as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), heartburn, or acid indigestion.It often occurs shortly after, or during, the consumption of irritating foods and drinks, such as chocolate, spicy food, caffeine, alcohol, or carbonated beverages. The burning pain and discomfort of acid reflux may also be linked to smoking, obesity, medications, and a sedentary lifestyle.Conventional medical treatment often involves prescription drugs, which may cause serious side effects such as bone loss, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and kidney issues. As such, an … [Read more...] about Is Yogurt Good for Acid Reflux?