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Pesticides in produce

Twelve products have made the annual list of “dirty dozen” produce. These fruits and veggies in particular contain high contents of residues from pesticides, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.

Sodium: an essential mineral

The body cannot survive without sodium, but the typical American diet contains more sodium than the body can handle. High amounts of the mineral can lead to heart and kidney disease.

Nutrition on a budget

Some helpful tips to keep your spending down and your nutrition up.

Public programs available for good nutrition

Several programs are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist low income consumers purchase healthy foods. The City of Boston also developed a program to enable SNAP recipients to purchase produce at local farmers’ markets.

Store brand groceries in demand

Store brands are fast becoming the choice of many consumers. Store brands are typically less expensive than national brands and offer similar quality.

The psychology of supermarkets

Supermarkets are designed to pique your interest into purchasing more items than originally intended. The ideal way to prevent overspending is to make a list and stick to it.

Good health on a budget

Although food is one of the highest costs for consumers, it is possible to eat healthy while keeping an eye on one’s budget.

Winter squash and sage

This recipe that pairs butternut (winter) squash with shiitake mushrooms and sage is not only tasty it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, but low in sodium and fat.

Avocados: Not just guacamole

Avocados are considered a power food because of its high nutritional value. Each contains nearly 20 minerals and vitamins that the body needs to perform sufficiently.

Exercise and high blood pressure

Regular exercise can increase the efficiency of the heart, which can help prevent or control high blood pressure.

The DASH eating plan

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, was a study that determined that healthy eating could control blood pressure. Reduced daily intake of sodium decreased blood pressure even further.

Heart failure: A weakened and enlarged heart

Heart failure, one of the leading causes of death, is often caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. Because of increased resistance, the heart has to pump harder in order to supply blood to the body.

Pass the salt, please

According to the American Heart Association, consumers eat more than twice the recommended daily limit. Salt, or sodium, is available in many foods we purchase or eat in restaurants.

The 10 greatest sources of sodium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that more than 40 percent of the sodium people regularly consume comes from 10 types of foods.

The hidden meaning of nutrition labels

Nutrition labels indicate the amount of sodium in each serving. For foods with limited sodium content, however, the labeling is less clear and not well understood.

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