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Fiftysomething Diet: 5 Foods That Will Bring Your Blood Pressure Down

chocbanaavocpuddingConsuming natural foods and cutting out salt will help you avoid heart disease

High blood pressure, also known as “the silent killer,” is an epidemic in our nation. It typically has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don’t realize they have it, which is why we must all get it checked regularly. Over time, unaddressed elevated blood pressure can have disastrous consequences including stroke, heart attack, blindness and kidney failure.

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Kids Are Eating Way More Fast Food Than You'd Think, or Hope

kidseatingfastfoodMore than a third of American kids get their daily calories from fast food restaurants.

If you thought that most families reserved fast food for a once-in-a-while or weekend treat, you'd be wrong. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 34 percent of children aged two to 19 eat fast food on any given day. Perhaps most surprisingly, the analysis revealed that economic status, race and gender have little to do with who's eating the stuff.

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Veggie-Rich Diets May Mean Lower Heart Risks

fishfordinnerStudy found people who ate more plant foods than animal products less likely to die from heart disease

People who eat more plant foods than animal products may lower their risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke, a new large study suggests.

Researchers found that among more than 450,000 European adults, those whose diets were about 70 percent plant-based -- meaning whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruit and nuts -- had a relatively lower risk of dying from heart disease.

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Fiftysomething Diet: Your Brain on Fat and Sugar

donutsandicecreamThese baddies can spur changes in gut bacteria that harm cognitive health

A daily donut break, a few chocolate chip cookies with lunch, a bowl of ice cream after dinner — everyone knows that splurging too often on high-fat, high-sugar treats isn’t great for the waistline or heart.

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5 Flavor-Rich Ways to Cut Sodium

lowsodiumspicesCutting back on salt? Your food can still be tasty.

There are many ways to create flavorful food without using salt. Use these tips to make your food anything but bland.

1. Learn to love herbs and spices.

“Don’t shy away from spices,” says nutritionist Katie Cavuto, MS, RD. “A dash of cumin or a pinch of curry powder creates a lot of flavor without added salt.”

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