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    The Healthiest Oils You Can Cook With

    When it comes to cooking oils, you have lots of options. But narrowing down the list by what’s healthiest gets tricky. It boils down to specific types of fats, the amounts of those fats, and their benefits. If you’re unfamiliar, here’s our primer on the healthiest oils.
    There are three major groups of fats: polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fat is the most heart-healthy and provides several benefits. More specifically, the omega-3 fats within provide the most benefits, including support for healthy inflammation levels, cholesterol levels, and overall heart health (an added bonus—they also help burn fat). Monounsaturated fat provides some health benefits, but not as many. And saturated fat, which you may have heard is “bad,” can lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels if it’s the main source of fat in your diet. That said, including a diet rich in omega-3s while eating a diet consisting of some saturated fats may not produce any unhealthy outcomes.

    When it comes to choosing the healthiest oils, and figuring out which are the best, there are a couple things to consider:
    Which types of oils are highest in polyunsaturated (omega-3) fats?
    Which is best for the type of cooking or preparation (frying vs. using as a dressing)?
    Jordan Mazur, M.S., R.D., is the coordinator of nutrition and team sports dietitian for the San Francisco 49ers.
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    How to Heal Common Health Ailments With Food

    It’s easy to turn to the medicine cabinet when you’ve got a migraine or stomachache. And while popping a pill is usually the fastest way to treat common health ailments, making some tweaks to what you put on your plate may be a better way to heal your body in the long run and sidestep those health issues in the first place.

    “Good nutrition and an understanding of what works best for your individual body can help you avoid myriad ailments,” says Jen Bruning, a registered dietician nutritionist and media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Here are some everyday issues you might be experiencing along with the common foods that might be contributing to them. Keep reading for more about what you should consider cutting out, plus the foods you should load up on instead.
    How to Heal Common Health Ailments With Food
    1. Inflammation
    It gets a bad rap, but not all inflammation is to be avoided. “Some levels of inflammation are needed as they play a role in healing and injury repair,” says Pamela Nisevich Bede, a registered dietician and author of Sweat. Eat. Repeat. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, overworks your immune system and can lead to  heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
    You can’t feel chronic inflammation the way you’re aware of acute inflammation after a cut or burn. But to be proactive to ward it off, reduce your intake of sugars, refined grains, and processed foods, advises Nisevich Bede. Up the antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet instead—tart cherry juice is a heavy hitter—plus omega-3-rich fish, flaxseed, and walnuts. Turmeric has also been shown to be anti-inflammatory, but adding the spice to your food isn’t usually enough to get an effective dose, says Nisevich Bede; try a supplement instead.

    2. Migraines
    “There are no universal trigger foods, and for many people food alone may not be the cause of migraines,” says Bruning. But there are definitely some common culprits you should try cutting out first if these headaches frequently leave you sidelined. Start by steering clear of chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol—especially red wine. If nixing those doesn’t help, you might need to trim out foods like aged cheeses and cured meats (what’s charcuterie without some red wine, anyway?). Certain preservatives can also contribute to migraines. “A diet rich in fresh, minimally processed foods may help those with many food triggers,” says Bruning, who suggests consulting a nutritionist who specializes in migraine to help you find relief.
    3. GI Distress
    If constipation is the concern, you’re likely not getting enough fiber; focus on eating lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. With other gastrointestinal issues, there unfortunately are no obvious offenders—but you can bet your diet is responsible. Caffeine may be the culprit, so you can start by cutting back on coffee. Often, stomach troubles are the result of eating something you’re not accustomed to—hot peppers if you don’t typically go for spicy food, for example, or maybe red meat if you usually stick to a low-fat diet. “The best way to prevent GI distress is to know what triggers your system and avoid those foods,” says Bruning. “Pay attention to how you feel after eating different types of meals to determine what works best for your body.”
    If your stomach issues kick in mid-workout, take a look at the food you’re eating to fuel up. “Intolerances stemming from a sensitivity to a source of carbohydrate—often gluten or lactose or a simple sugar like fructose or glucose—are common sources of GI distress and often afflict my clients during runs and workouts,” says Nisevich Bede. Swapping in a new snack pre- or mid-workout could squash your stomach troubles.

    4. Fatigue
    A lack of energy can result from a quick boost of glucose in the bloodstream, followed by a crash as our bodies absorb that fuel, says Bruning. If you’re constantly crashing, cut out refined flours and sugary foods like sweet snack bars or soda. Focus instead on getting lots of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins—like avocado toast with a fried egg or a banana and almond butter. “Together these will help slow the absorptive process and lead to sustained energy without the crash later on,” she says.
    Your issue might also just be that you need more water. “Generally, I find that fatigue stems from either dehydration or inadequate recovery from a workout,” says Nisevich Bede. Make sure to drink enough water and drinks or food to replace electrolytes, like pickles, bananas, spinach, and dairy (maybe not all together). To keep from feeling zapped post-workout, she recommends focusing on rehydrating and getting about 30 grams of high-quality protein.

    5. Anxiety
    Feeling antsy all the time? In a shock to no one, caffeine may worsen anxiety. As a first step to ward off stress, cut back on coffee, energy drinks, and chocolate. We know herbal tea isn’t the same, especially when you’ve got to stay on your game for all-day Zoom meetings; see above for fatigue-fighting foods to keep you revved without the anxious side effects. Also reach for fatty fish like salmon, shellfish, fermented foods (e.g., sauerkraut and kimchi), and foods with magnesium and choline (like beans and cashews); these are all proven stress-fighting foods.
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    The Diets Doctors Recommend and Follow Themselves

    Ever wonder what diet doctors follow? Physicians dole out advice, but what do they do in their own lives? That’s what a survey advised by Duke University and the University of North Carolina sought to uncover when they asked 515 doctors about diets: What did they recommend for short-term weight loss and for long-term health, […] More

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    Why You Should Be Eating Coconut Meat

    If the last time you ate coconut was in a fun-size Mounds bar pulled from a trick-or-treat bowl, it’s time to revisit the fruit. As with avocados, the knock on coconuts was a high fat and calorie profile. Now we know that those are assets. “Coconut is a source of plant-based fat, and fat can […] More

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    5 Delicious Foods to Grow at Home Now That Spring Has Sprung

    With the beginning of spring, daydreams about beach days, barbecues, and hours spent outside are likely flooding your mind right now. And we’re guessing that there’s one thing that all of these mental meanderings have in common: tasty, fresh food. 3 Delicious and Healthy Comfort Food Recipes (That Also Make Great Leftovers) Photo: Courtesy of […] More

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    Pile on the Parmesan, the Tastiest New Health Food

    In the Venn diagram of good foods and bad, cheese has traditionally occupied the intersection—healthy-ish. But new research is bumping cheese into the good-for-you circle, and there’s a standout: Parmesan. It’s aged, which is key. Time spent in the cellar helps protein develop, causing Parm to have a higher percentage of the muscle-building macronutrient compared […] More

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    Kombucha: The Easiest Way to Support Your Gut Health

    One major concern this time of year is how to undo the excess of the holidays. Helping the gut microbiome is a start. Health-Ade Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains probiotics—the same stuff you get from miso, sauerkraut, and yogurt—which can help add to the healthy bacteria in your gut. Have a serving in […] More