A vegetarian diet can meet your nutritional needs if you make wise choices.
Picture your favorite grocery store. Chances are that the outer aisles are where you'll find fresh produce, low-fat dairy products and lean meats. This is where you should concentrate most of your shopping time. Why? Fresh foods are generally healthier than are ready-to-eat foods.
Don't shop for groceries when you're hungry. Eat before you go. While you're at it, why not jot down a grocery list. With a full stomach and list in hand, you'll be less likely to be tempted by unhealthy foods.
Margarine usually beats butter when it comes to heart health. Margarine is made from vegetable oils, so it contains no cholesterol, and it generally has more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat than butter does. But not all margarines are created equal, and some may even be worse than butter. In general, the more solid the margarine, the more trans fat it contains. Look for a spread with the lowest calories that tastes good to you, doesn't have trans fats and has the least amount of saturated fat.
Once considered off-limits, nuts and seeds can be part of a diet to reduce the risk of diverticulitis.
Detox diets are popular, but they're unproven and may have side effects.
Drinking plenty of water helps keep your digestive system on track.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. See what it's all about.
Is a gluten-free diet healthy for people who don't need to avoid gluten? It depends on what you eat instead of gluten.
Margarine usually tops butter for heart health. But not all margarines are created equal.