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What is Dietary Fat?

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11/1/16 3:09 PM

According to the Institute of Medicine’s (IOMs) Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids, dietary fat is a macronutrient that provides a major source of energy for the body--approximately 9 units of energy (or calories) per gram. While there are three main types of fats--saturated fats, unsaturated fats, and trans fats--according to Harvard Medical School all fats have a similar chemical structure. Fats are comprised of “a chain of carbon atoms bonded by hydrogen atoms.” What differentiates one type of fat from another is “the length and shape of the carbon chain and the number of hydrogen atoms connected to the carbon atoms. Seemingly slight differences in structure translate into crucial differences in form and function.”
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, beneficial or harmful, unstaturated fat, dietary fat, trans fat

Are E-cigarettes Beneficial or Harmful?

Posted by EHE Blogger

10/26/16 9:56 AM

While e–cigarettes do not contain most of the thousands of chemicals—many of them cancer-causing—found in traditional cigarettes, they do contain nicotine, the substance responsible for causing addiction to tobacco products, as well as other chemicals including flavorings.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, ecigarettes, beneficial or harmful

About Meditation

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10/18/16 4:13 PM

Meditation is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) mind–body practice that has been performed for thousands of years dating back to ancient religious and spiritual traditions. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the practice of meditation helps individuals to improve focus, develop self–realization, control emotions and find inner peace. Although there are many traditions and techniques, the four basic elements involved in most types of meditation are a quiet setting, a specific and comfortable posture, a point of focus and an open and passive attitude.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, meditation, health benefits, healthy life, meditating, mindfulness

Food Expiration and Safety

Posted by EHE Blogger

10/12/16 9:41 AM

There is no uniform or universally–accepted system used for food dating in the United States. In fact, product dating is generally not required by federal regulations (except for infant formula), and the FDA does not require "expired by," "use by" or "best before" dates on food products; such information is entirely at the discretion of the manufacturer. According to the FDA, a principle of U.S. food law is that foods in U.S. commerce must be wholesome and fit for consumption. An expiration date does not relieve a firm from this obligation. A product that is dangerous to consumers is subject to potential action by the FDA to remove it from commerce regardless of any date printed on a label.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, health benefits, food expiration date, safety, eating food

Recommendations For Fat Intake

Posted by EHE Blogger

10/4/16 1:58 PM

Most expert organizations are in basic agreement about the need to limit fat intake
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, health benefits, recommendations for fat, fat intake, fat in diet

Understanding Heartburn

Posted by EHE Blogger

9/27/16 2:47 PM

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, "more than 50 million Americans have heartburn at least once a month and approximately 15 million have it every single day." For most people, heartburn is a relatively harmless discomfort that can be treated effectively with lifestyle changes and over–the–counter medication.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, health benefits, heart burn, triggers, heartburn

Recommendations For Strength Training

Posted by EHE Blogger

9/21/16 9:41 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ACSM, and the American Heart Association all recommend that individuals engage in strength training exercises at least two days per week.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, strength training, health, health benefits, acsm, recommendations, guidelines

Energy Drinks And Their Ingredients

Posted by EHE Blogger

9/12/16 4:06 PM

Energy drinks are produced by companies and brands such as Monster, Red Bull, Rock Star, Wired, Venom, Amp, NOS and 5–Hour Energy. These products typically claim to decrease fatigue while improving mental alertness, concentration, metabolism and overall performance. Energy shots are simply smaller, concentrated versions of energy drinks. Both are easy to find in supermarkets, convenience stores, drug stores, sporting goods stores, gas stations and vending machines.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, health benefits, energy drink, caffeine, sugar, consumption

Are Sodium And Salt The Same?

Posted by EHE Blogger

9/7/16 12:42 PM

While "sodium" and "salt" are often used interchangeably, they are, in fact, different substances. Both are minerals, and salt is a mineral that is made up of 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. One teaspoon of salt contains approximately 2,300 mg of sodium.
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Topics: preventive healthcare, health, health benefits, diet, salt, sodium

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

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