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    2017 Wellness Reports: Eating for Optimal Health


    You've heard it a thousand times.


    "You are what you eat."


    The idea of eating right for better health has been pounded into our heads for decades.


    Today, it's an idea whose time has come and one that's right on the money. For eating healthy can pay big dividends — in improved health, increased vitality, and greater longevity — to men and women who are choosy and deliberate about what they pile onto their plates.


    Unfortunately, many of us "talk the talk" when it comes to eating right but don't "walk the walk."


    It's not simply a matter of will power. Though it can take a fair amount of that to bypass your favorite "guilty pleasures" in favor of safer — and healthier — foods.


    But most of us simply aren't up to date on how to shop, cook, and serve balanced, nutritious meals for optimal health and wellness.


    Take a simple snack food like nuts. You've probably read that they are fatty and high in calories. And indeed, they are.


    But studies have consistently linked nuts to a reduced risk of heart disease, largely because nuts have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol.


    What about fruits and veggies? Many people think raw is best. Cooking boils the nutrients out.


    But cooking also makes some carotenoids more available to the body. For example, you absorb 2 to 10 times more lycopene from cooked and processed tomatoes than you do from fresh tomatoes. Moreover, cooking destroys potentially harmful bacteria.


    Hardly a week passes without headlines announcing some new study or discovery in the field of nutrition.


    Fortunately, there's an authoritative, absolutely current resource you can turn to for evidence-based guidance on how to eat for optimal health. And you may preview it risk-FREE in the privacy of your home or office ...




    The Wellness Report on Eating for Optimal Health


    With thousands of books ... articles ... Web sites ... reports ... and clinical studies on eating for optimal health, no single person can keep up with all of the new developments in nutritional research. It would be a full-time job — and you probably already have one of those!


    Also, unless you're an M.D. yourself, do you really have the background to separate the good science from the hype?


    That's where the Wellness Report series from the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter can help save you time and money while improving your health.


    Our editorial advisors, all M.D.s or Ph.D.s with impressive credentials in their specialties, conduct an exhaustive search of the medical literature on a particular topic — in this case, eating for health and wellness.


    They then review the research to ensure that it's based on scientifically sound methods ... and to confirm the accuracy and reliability of the findings.


    Next, our editors painstakingly convert medical jargon, formulas, and statistics into clear, plain English. I know you'll find it fascinating reading — and useful.


    Here's a sampling of what you'll discover in our just published UC Berkeley Wellness Report: Eating for Optimal Health

    • Is butter back? A 2016 study made big headlines when it seemed to exonerate butter. We put the research into perspective and provide our bottom-line advice.
    • The “P” word—as in protein—is popping up on all kinds of food packages, but is it just a marketing ploy?
    • This diet—appropriately called MIND—may prevent or slow the progression of age-related cognitive loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s what’s on (and off) it.
    • Yogurt: Is it health food—or junk food? What to watch out for on labels.
    • How much omega-3 fat should you consume a day for good health? There’s no official RDA, but health authorities around the world recommend these amounts.
    • What does “healthy” and “natural” mean on food packages? Probably less than you may think. Here’s what to know about the terms.
    • Why we love fermentation (with some caveats).
    • The rampant world of food fraud: Are you really getting what you’re paying for? Get our tips for avoiding bait-and-switch when buying seafood, olive oil, honey, coffee, and more.
    • The new (and much-improved) Nutrition Facts label should start appearing on packaged foods this year. Here’s what we like—and don’t like—about them.
    • The DASH diet may do more than lower your blood pressure. These two studies in 2016 found unanticipated benefits.
    • Sesame: These little seeds may have big benefits. We look at the sesame science, plus sesame products, including tahini and halvah.
    • Egg-cellent news for egg lovers: This 2016 study confirmed that an egg a day doesn’t increase the risk of coronary artery disease in most people.
    • Is shellfish a good catch? Which kinds are best for your health and the environment?
    • Activity icons on food packages: Can they help you better monitor your calorie intake? Maybe, especially when you see that it would take 60 to 80 minutes to work off the calories in that muffin.
    • Cold brew is the hottest coffee trend these days. Here’s how it compares to regular brewed coffee in caffeine, acidity, and flavor.
    • You should get your vitamins and minerals from foods as much as possible, rather than supplements. But for many people, these two supplements may be appropriate.
    • How healthful is miso, the fermented soybean paste that’s integral in Japanese cuisine? (If you haven’t tried it, it tastes better than it may sound.)
    • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN declared 2016 the International year of Pulses. Here’s what pulses are and why they’re good for you, the planet, and your wallet.
    • Don’t be a jerky—eat one (but only on occasion). Find out the pros and cons of new-age jerkies and how they compare to more conventional ones.
    • Omega-3 fats vs. omega-6 fats: How to easily shift to a healthier balance.
    • C is for seeing: This study found that women who consumed the most vitamin C had a lower risk of developing this common age-related eye condition.
    • Don’t be fooled by so-called energy drinks. Here’s what’s actually providing the “energy.”
    • If you’re trying to cut down on meat (good for you), this food can make you feel as satisfied. Hint: It has lots of fiber, which meat lacks, and is good for your heart.
    • What makes yogurt “yogurt”? And what exactly does that “Live and Active Cultures” seal really mean? Find out here.
    • Why you should beware of pop star food endorsements.
    • You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “highly processed” applied to foods. What exactly does this mean, how many foods fall into this category, and why are they often frowned upon?
    • This intriguing study suggests that girls who eat a lot of saturated fat during adolescence may be at increased risk of breast cancer in adulthood. Here’s why.
    • Looking to cut down on your sodium take? Shake this savory sauce on your food instead of using salt.
    • This study reported good news and bad news about sugary beverages: American adults are drinking fewer sugary beverages these days, but the amounts are still too high.
    • Ch-ch-ch-chia! You may already be familiar with chia seeds in Chia “pets”—but did you know that chia has a long history of use as food and medicine? Here are some potential health benefits of these seeds.
    • Get the secrets of slim people—what they eat and don’t eat to stay that way—as reported by the Global Healthy Weight Registry.
    • What do potatoes, spinach, avocado, prune juice, halibut, white beans, and yogurt have in common? Each provides more than 10% of the daily recommended amount of potassium per serving. See where else to get this mineral, which is important for blood pressure control.
    • “Evaporated cane juice” may sound healthier than “sugar.” Here’s why it’s not.
    • Watching your weight? Here are 5 things to do (or avoid). Some are conventional (drink more water); others a bit quirky (listen to yourself chew).

    PLUS…

    • Our 16 keys to a healthy diet. How many of them are you following?
    • Our 18 keys to healthy weight control. Forget fad diets, these evidence-based tips can help you keep the weight off long-term.
    • Did you know that enjoying your food is a basic tenet of healthy eating—and is even part of the latest Dietary Guidelines?
    • How to “plate it right” to get balanced nutritious meals: The pros and cons of the USDA’s MyPlate, which has taken the place of the problematic food pyramid.
    • How much protein do you eat? Our chart shows how easy it is to meet your needs.
    • Do you get enough fiber? How much do you even need every day, and what are the best sources? Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about what your mother or grandmother may have called “roughage.”
    • Figuring out fats: The world of fats can be confusing, so we sort out the differences between saturated and unsaturated fats, trans fats, omega-3 fats, and tropical oils.
    • You don't have to limit how much cholesterol you consume anymore. Say what? Here's the latest thinking on what raises blood cholesterol—and the answer is not dietary cholesterol.
    • Our Whole-Grain Primer explains what a whole grain is, how to identify whole grains, and what marketing words to be wary of.

    Stop eating "junk food" — and start eating healthy!

    The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 34 out of 100 American adults 20 years of age and older — over 60 million people — are obese. That means they are 30 or more pounds over a healthy body weight.


    But the good news is: you don't have to be fat ... or sick ... or unhealthy any longer.


    Because right now, the UC Berkeley Wellness Report on Eating for Optimal Health can help you make better, healthier eating choices — at the grocery store, in the kitchen, or when dining out.


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    The Truth About Salt and Your Health

    And Why Potassium May Be the Antidote

    • What Should You Believe About Salt? A low-salt diet benefits many people with hypertension. But cutting down on sodium is important even if you don't have high blood pressure.
    • Salt Tips. Sodium lurks in unexpected places. Some fast food meals have three to five days' worth of sodium, in one sitting. What to watch out for.
    • Sodium Substitutes. These are a good option for many people. They help reduce blood pressure and heart disease deaths when used in place of table salt. But they are not for everyone.
    • Potassium Power. If sodium is a bad guy, then potassium is a good guy, since it helps lower blood pressure. Unfortunately, most of us consume far too little of this vital mineral. Here's why you should get your potassium from food, not supplements.
    • Making It Add Up: A Sample Menu. How can you get up to the recommended 4,700 milligrams of potassium a day? A sample menu shows you how it can be done.

    You can literally "eat your way" to better health, more energy, and a trimmer, slimmer you!


    When your Wellness Report on Eating for Optimal Health arrives, examine it carefully.


    Read about the studies. Examine the facts and recommendations about the foods you eat.


    I'm betting our report will be one of your most valuable — and important — health resources.


    If not, simply return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price .


    But don't delay. The longer you keep eating "junk food," the longer you could be throwing your good health down the drain.


    Plus, the Wellness Report Eating for Optimal Health costs just $19.95 for the digital edition, or $19.95 plus shipping for the print copy mailed to you.


    Annual Update Service


    To keep you up to date and on the cutting edge of health and medical issues, we offer an annual update service to our readers.


    That way your Wellness Report: Eating for Optimal Health is always current, never out of date. The Eating for Optimal Health update will be offered to you by announcement. You need do nothing if you want the update to be sent automatically. If you do not want it, all you will need to do is return the announcement. The update is completely optional, and will never be sent without prior announcement. You may cancel at any time.


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