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The Checkup: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Is That Right? "Decreasing salt intake is advisable"

The federal government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued in 2005, tell us that "Decreasing salt intake is advisable" for reducing the risk of hypertension and, by extension, cardiovascular disease. But new research questions the wisdom of counseling Americans to consume no more than 2,300 milligrams--about a teaspoon--of salt daily, as...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 16, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  
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Getting Guys to Wash Their Hands

We all know that one of the simplest, best ways to stay healthy is to wash our hands a lot, especially these days during the swine flu pandemic. Some new research out Thursday offers clues to what gets people to actually do it. And guess what? Shame appears to be...

By Rob Stein  |  October 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Family Health , General Health , Influenza , Prevention , Psychology , Women's Health  
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The Food-Safety Muddle

At the behest of the President's Food Safety Working Group, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late July proposed industry guidelines that would help make it safer to eat tomatoes, leafy greens and melons. That proposal follows one aimed at reducing the risks of eating eggs and is to...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Food Safety and Recalls  
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Nutty Cheese Update: Yummy!

As I wrote in this morning's posting, I didn't start my almond-based cheese until too late in the day yesterday to get a photo of the final product into the blog. Here's how my cheese turned out: Yummy! Garlicky almond cheese tastes great on crackers. (Sophie Huget) It's not much...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 13, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness  | Tags: cheese made from almonds, vegetarian low-fat cheese  
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A Nutty Approach to Low-Fat Cheese

I had never envisioned myself blending blanched almonds with olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon juice and water in the hope of producing something I could spread on a cracker. But that's just what I found myself doing yesterday, following a recipe in the April issue of Vegetarian Times for almond...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Tags: how to make cheese from almonds, vegetarian low-fat cheese  
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Kids, Calories and Corner Stores

Trying to get kids to eat more healthfully is like trying to keep kittens in a box: You make progress in one area -- say, school lunches -- only to find that the kids jump for the junk food first chance they get. But in too many instances, kids seeking...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  October 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity  
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