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10 great health foods

Add flax to your diet

Added sugar

Added sugar often means unwanted calories. See how to identify and cut back on added sugar.

Alcohol use

Drinking alcohol might offer some health benefits. But that's only if you drink responsibly and in moderation.

Anatomy of a whole grain

Are energy drinks bull?

Are you getting enough calcium?

Artificial sweeteners

Looking for alternatives to regular sugar? Understand your options.

Beans and other legumes

Want to add beans and other nutritious legumes to your diet but aren't sure how? This guide can help.

Best oil for cooking?

Breast-feeding nutrition: Tips for moms

Good nutrition during breast-feeding is essential. Find out what to eat — and what to avoid.

Butter vs. margarine: What's healthier?

Caffeine content

How much caffeine is in that latte or soda you're sipping?

Calcium

Calcium is important for bone health. Although diet is the best way to get calcium, supplements may be an option if your diet falls short.

Calcium: Building better bones

Carbohydrate-loading diet

A carbohydrate-loading diet can give you an extra edge during an endurance event. Here's how it works.

Carbohydrates

Don't look at carbohydrates as simply good or bad. Learn why carbs are important for a healthy diet.

Clear liquid diet

Learn which foods are allowed and which foods to avoid.

Cook up ways to go low fat

Cooking dinner? Try these techniques

Cuts of beef

Options abound when it comes to selecting cuts of beef. This guide can help you choose cuts with the lowest fat.

Cutting sugar out of Mom's famous brownies?

Daily water requirement

Drinking eight glasses of water a day yet still feel thirsty? Find out why satisfying your water needs may not be that simple.

DASH diet

The DASH diet doesn't have to be difficult. These tips can help you shop and cook according to DASH diet principles.

DASH diet

Avoid the potential pitfalls of restaurant dining by watching out for hidden fat, excess salt and heaping portions.

DASH diet

The DASH diet can control blood pressure and offer other health benefits. Here's how to make it a part of your healthy lifestyle.

DASH recommended servings

The DASH diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. This table of recommended servings can help you plan meals.

Dietary fats

Get the skinny on dietary fat, including which types of fat to avoid and which to choose for good health.

Dietary fiber

Eat more fiber. You've probably heard it before. But do you know why fiber is so good for your health?

Dietary guidelines

Get the skinny on current dietary recommendations about which foods to choose and which to avoid.

Dietary supplements: Skip megadoses

Dietary supplements: Storage counts

Do you drink enough water?

Don't grocery shop on an empty stomach

Eating out? Watch for trans fat

Eggs: Bad for cholesterol?

Fast food

Is fast food on your menu tonight? You don't need to give up your weight-loss plans for this quick meal. Just be choosy.

Fast-food tip: Go for the greens

Fast-food tip: Have it your way

Fast-food tip: Keep it small

Fast-food tip: Opt for grilled items

Fast-food tip: Skip the fries

Fast-food tip: Watch what you drink

Fats: Choosing healthy dairy products

Fiber: How to get your fill

Fit in more fruit

Fit more fiber into your diet

Flaxseed for breakfast? You bet!

Free range

Wondering what terms like free range, natural and grass fed mean on meat and poultry products? Take a look.

Frugal food shopping

With a few tips and tricks, you can become a supersaver at the supermarket — without giving up on your healthy diet.

Fruit how to: Blueberry-banana smoothie

Fruit how to: Broiled fruit kebabs

Fruit how to: Grilled fruit slices

Fruit how to: Lemon-lime fruit dip

Fruit how to: Mango salsa pizza

Fruit how to: Peach honey spread

Gluten-free diet: What's allowed, what's not

Find out which gluten-free foods help people with celiac disease control their signs and symptoms.

Gluten-free recipes

Giving up gluten doesn't mean giving up taste. Check out these gluten-free recipes.

Glycemic index diet

Proponents say you can lose weight by choosing low-glycemic foods. See how the claims stack up.

Got moldy cheese?

Gout diet

Know which foods to avoid and which foods to choose if you have gout.

Grocery shopping? Food safety tops the list

Grocery store secret: Shop the perimeter

Have you had your omega-3s today?

Having fast food? Order it your way

Health-boosting nutrients

Healthier recipes? Delete 1 ingredient

Healthy breakfast options

Do you skip breakfast because you're short on time? Try these fast and easy breakfast options.

Healthy breakfast: Cinnamon French toast

Healthy chicken recipes

Need menu inspiration? Get your creative juices flowing with these tasty recipes.

Healthy cooking

Don't give up on healthy cooking just because you're cooking for one or two. Try these tips for putting together healthy meals.

Healthy cooking techniques

Use these healthy-cooking techniques to capture the flavor and nutrients of food without adding excessive fat or salt.

Healthy dessert: Vanilla poached peaches

Healthy diet guidelines

Do you know what dietary guidelines say about how much protein, fat and other nutrients you need each day?

Healthy diets

Want help eating healthy? Food pyramids and other symbols make it easier for you to make healthy choices.

Healthy eating tips

Flavorful food combinations and an inventive spirit are key ingredients for creating a tempting and healthy diet.

Healthy eating: What are legumes, anyway?

Healthy fast food? Yep, it's possible

Healthy meal planning for 1

Healthy recipe: Bean salad with vinaigrette

Healthy recipe: Breakfast burrito

Healthy recipe: Brown rice pilaf

Healthy recipe: Crab salad

Healthy recipe: Garlic mashed potatoes

Healthy recipe: Glazed root vegetables

Healthy recipe: Pan pizza

Healthy recipe: Sauteed fresh corn

Healthy recipe: Seasoned baked cod

Healthy-eating tip: Experiment!

Herbal supplements

Regulations ensure that herbal supplements meet manufacturing standards but don't guarantee that they're safe or effective. So do your homework before you buy.

Herbal supplements: Avoid gimmicks

High-fiber foods

Are you eating enough fiber? Find out the dietary fiber content of some common foods.

Holiday recipes

Liven up your holiday parties with these healthy holiday recipes.

How long can you keep leftovers?

Include food safety in your party plans

Ingredient substitutions

Healthier recipes may be as close as your own pantry. See which ingredient substitutions you can make to improve your diet.

Ingredient substitutions pack nutritional punch

Is there more to hydration than water?

Keep your breakfast cereal healthy

Low-fiber diet

Learn which foods are allowed and which foods to avoid.

Make food labels your new best friend

Meat and poultry

Learn ways to trim the fat from meat and poultry without sacrificing taste and enjoyment.

Meatless meals

You can eat healthfully and see healthy savings by serving meat less often.

Mediterranean diet

This heart-healthy eating plan emphasizes healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.

Mediterranean diet recipes

Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.

Menu planning

Tired of dinnertime panic? With a little planning, you can eat healthier while saving money and time.

Need a snack? Go nuts!

Need more fiber? Do it the easy way

Nutrition Facts

Use this interactive guide to decipher the Nutrition Facts label and break the code on healthy eating.

Nutrition know-how: Why whole food counts

Nutrition: Does it come in a pill?

Nutritional supplements

Before taking vitamin and mineral supplements, understand what they will and won't do for you.

One-pot meals for healthy eating

Ordering fast food? Go for the greens

Ordering fast food? Opt for grilled items

Ordering fast food? Portion size counts

Ordering fast food? Skip the fries

Ordering fast food? Watch what you drink

Organic foods

Organic apples, eggs and even cookies. Is it worth paying more for organic foods?

Organic foods: What the labels mean

Pressed for time? Trade a meal for a snack

Protein: Heart-healthy sources

Pyramid or plate? Explore these healthy diet options

Reading food labels

Recipe makeover: Morning glory muffins

Recipe makeovers

Many recipes can benefit from a healthy overhaul. Here are five ways to reduce the fat, calories and salt in your favorite recipes.

Salsa: Not just for chips anymore!

Sample DASH menus

Interested in following the DASH eating plan but not sure how? Here are sample menus to get you started.

Sample menu

This sample menu shows you how the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid can help you plan daily meals and snacks.

Simple ways to cook healthier

Snack attack? Try these 100-calorie snacks

Sodium

Getting too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and cause other health problems. See how to cut back on salt.

Sodium: Look beyond the salt shaker

Soup recipes

When you think of soup, you probably think chicken noodle. But that family favorite needn't be the only soup in your repertoire.

Spice up your cooking

Summer recipes

Welcome the warm weather with these healthy summer recipes.

Thanksgiving recipes

Build your Thanksgiving Day menu with an abundance of healthy recipes.

Think outside the cereal box

Time to cut back on caffeine?

Tips for healthy eating out

Trans fat substitutes: Not always better

Trans fat: A double whammy

Try these quick, fun breakfast options

Try these veggie inspirations

Vegetarian diet

A vegetarian diet can be a healthy alternative, provided you plan carefully to meet your nutritional needs.

Vegetarian recipes

Whether you're a lifelong vegetarian or just exploring the idea of eating less meat, you'll find inspiration in these tempting vegetarian recipes.

Vegetarian recipes

Whether you're a lifelong vegetarian or just exploring the idea of eating less meat, you'll find inspiration in these tempting vegetarian recipes.

Veggie cooking tip: Honey-glazed sweet potatoes

Veggie cooking tips: Corn and barley salad

Veggie how to: Acorn squash with apples

Veggie how to: Grilled vegetable kebabs

Veggie tip: Vegetable pita pockets

Vitamin C: An essential nutrient

Vitamin D: Essential with calcium

Want a healthy dessert? Grill fruit!

Want healthier recipes? Swap ingredients!

Where's the lean beef?

Whole grains

Grains, especially whole grains, provide a variety of healthy nutrients and are naturally low in fat. Here's how to get more in your diet.

Apr. 05, 2014