9 Reasons You Should Eat More Beans

From a boost in fiber to lower cholesterol, don’t miss out on all that legumes have to offer.

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by Rachel Swalin

Beans may get a bad rap for making people gassy, but that’s no reason to cut them out of your diet. Experts recommend you consume up to 3 cups of the legumes a week–because they are so good for your health. And the more you eat, the less likely you are to have tummy trouble. “People who eat beans on a consistent basis experience less gas and bloating than people who consume them less often,” says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health’s contributing nutrition editor and author of Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast ($20; amazon.com). You have so many varieties to choose from–black beans, navy beans, and kidney beans to name a few. Read on to find out why they’re so good for your health, and delicious new ways to make them.

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7 Surprising Secrets To Eating Out Healthy

Psst: Researchers are discovering simple, unexpected tricks that help us make better menu choices (without even realizing it).

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by Kate Rockwood

From Health magazine

Here’s some food for thought: A typical restaurant meal contains more than 1,100 calories. If you’re like the average American, you eat out five times a week–which could wreak havoc on your diet. But before you vow to brown-bag it forever, know that it doesn’t have to be this way. Food economists and consumer behavior experts have been studying the habits of restaurant-goers to identify why some leave happily sated and others fall into a food coma. They’ve learned that menu choices may have as much to do with where you’re sitting as what you’re craving. A host of factors–from the room’s lighting to the height of your table–can encourage you to make more nutritious decisions. Here’s how to set yourself up to enjoy a waist-friendly meal to the fullest.

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The Top 5 Cholesterol Myths

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American men rank 83rd in the world in average total cholesterol.

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Even if you think you know everything there is to know about cholesterol, there may be a few more surprises in store. Check out these common myths about high cholesterol; find out whos most likely to have it, what types of food can cause it, and why–sometimes–cholesterol isnt a bad word.

Myth 1: Americans have the highest cholesterol in the world

One of the world’s enduring stereotypes is the fat American with cholesterol-clogged arteries who is a Big Mac or two away from a heart attack. As a nation, we could certainly use some slimming down, but when it comes to cholesterol levels we are solidly middle-of-the-road.

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According to 2005 World Health Organization statistics, American men rank 83rd in the world in average total cholesterol, and American women rank 81st; in both cases, the average number is 197 mg/dL, just below the Borderline-High Risk category. That is very respectable compared to the top-ranked countries: In Colombia the average cholesterol among men is a dangerous 244, while the women in Israel, Libya, Norway, and Uruguay are locked in a four-way tie at 232.

Myth 2: Eggs are evil

It’s true that eggs have a lot of dietary cholesterol–upwards of 200 mg, which is more than two-thirds of the American Heart Association’s recommended limit of 300 mg a day. But dietary cholesterol isn’t nearly as dangerous as was once thought. Only some of the cholesterol in food ends up as cholesterol in your bloodstream, and if your dietary cholesterol intake rises, your body compensates by producing less cholesterol of its own.

While you don’t want to overdo it, eating an egg or two a few times a week isn’t dangerous. In fact, eggs are an excellent source of protein and contain unsaturated fat, a so-called good fat.

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