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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Health Watch: Not all calories are created equally

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  • Tip of the Week
    Do you meticulously count calories to stay fit? We hate to break it to you, but a 150-calorie brownie is not the same as 150 calories worth of broccoli. But what about that age-old weight loss saying, “Calories in vs. calories out?” Well, it’s true that a calorie is a calorie regardless of its source, but not all calories have the same effect on your body, and that’s the real key!
    Here’s what you should be eating to get the most bang for your calorie’s buck:
    - Make friends with fiber. Fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains are fiber-rich foods you want in your grocery cart. Fiber requires more chewing, which means your brain has more time to get the “full” signal and prevent you from overeating. And since fiber takes longer to digest, the calories in whole-grain toast go farther than the calories in a candy bar. The end result? You feel satisfied longer.
    - Choose healthy fats. Healthy fats like olive oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts and seeds are by no means considered low-calorie, but when eaten in moderation, they make you feel fuller longer and stop overeating. And while saturated fats and trans fats raise cholesterol, unsaturated fats actually aid in muscle recovery, improve hair and skin quality, and are important for a healthy heart. Can a 100-calorie snack pack do all that like half an avocado? Nope.
    - Polish off protein. Protein is one of your body’s biggest allies. Not only do you burn more calories digesting and metabolizing protein than any other nutrient, but protein leaves you feeling fuller longer than eating an equally calorie-dense carbohydrate.
    - Life Fitness
    Number to Know
    234: The number of calories in 1 cup of sliced avocado is 234.
    - U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Children’s Health
    When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. To nurture brain development, talk to your baby in a responsive way, starting at birth. Watch how he responds to your face, focuses, and moves in time to your voice. As he grows, talk to him about everyday things, waiting for his coos and ahhs, and then respond with an encouraging word.
    - Statepoint
    Senior Health
    Hepatitis C is a silent epidemic among baby boomers. People born from 1945 through 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C and account for more than three out of every four Americans living with the disease. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone born from 1945 to 1965 get a blood test for hepatitis C.
    - Brandpoint
    Page 2 of 2 - New Research
    A new study presented recently at the Annual American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions shows that being married may be good for your heart. Researchers screened 3.5 million adults for cardiovascular problems and found that those who were married had less heart disease and healthier blood vessels throughout the body than people who were single, divorced or widowed.
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