EHE Perspectives Blog

Why Is My Family's Health History Important?

Posted by EHE Blogger

8/30/16 3:50 PM

Research has consistently shown that numerous diseases, both common and uncommon, have genetic links. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia are just some of the diseases that can run in families.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, physical fitness, health, genetics and health, health benefits, family diseases, health history, health effects, family health

Naturally Occurring Sugars Versus Added Sugars

Posted by EHE Blogger

8/23/16 1:12 PM

While the chemical structures of naturally–occurring sugars and added sugars are identical, there is an important difference. According to the Guidelines, whole foods that naturally contain sugars also naturally contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, and other essential nutrients — all of which contribute to "diluting" the concentration of sugar in the food. These foods and beverages include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds that are prepared without added sugars, starches, solid fats, and sodium. These foods are high in nutrients (nutrient–dense) and low in calories. Foods and beverages that contain excessive amounts of added sugar, on the other hand, are not as nutritionally beneficial.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, physical fitness, health, health benefits, junk food, eating out, outside food, health effects

How Unhealthy is Eating Outside Food?

Posted by EHE Blogger

8/17/16 9:10 AM

Many fast food and full service restaurant meals have extremely high levels of calories, saturated fat, salt, and sugar. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), one of the main reasons for this may be that portion sizes in fast food and sit–down restaurants have grown considerably over the last 40 years, with portions often being double or triple the standard recommended serving sizes. Additionally, Americans are eating out more often than they used to.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, physical fitness, health, health benefits, junk food, eating out, outside food, health effects

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