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Processed vs ultra-processed food and why it matters to your health

To eat well, you need to know the difference between processed and ultra-processed food.

If you think before you snack, it's not so bad

For better or worse, snacks are a big part of the American diet. But between-meal eating doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Obesity, other factors may speed up brain aging

The brains of middle-age adults may be aging prematurely if they have obesity or other factors linked to cardiovascular disease, a new study finds.

The road to better exercise might be in your playlist

Science shows that listening to motivational tunes can help you exercise better – and feel better doing it, too.

High blood pressure, unhealthy diets in women of childbearing age

One in five women who are in peak years for childbearing has high blood pressure, setting the stage for increased health risks during pregnancy. A popular diet could help.

Quitting smoking could lead to major changes in gut bacteria

Giving up cigarettes leads to significant changes in intestinal microbes, which could impact heart health, according to a new study.

Scared to exercise after a heart attack? It’s probably scarier if you don’t.

For heart attack survivors, working out may be the last thing they want to do. It should probably be the first.

Making the most of your health in the workplace

Americans spend so many hours at work that it makes sense to view the office as a place to promote good health.

Half of U.S. adults should monitor blood pressure at home, study says

About 104 million U.S. adults should monitor their blood pressure outside the doctor's office, according to a new study. That might be the best way to account for sometimes skewed results.

Popcorn as a snack: Healthy hit or dietary horror show?

Prepared properly, popcorn can be the feel-good nutritious hit of summer. Done wrong, it can get bad reviews.

Study backs lower blood pressure for people with diabetes

While doctors have been divided about what level of blood pressure is safe for someone with diabetes, a new study suggests that more intensive intervention is better.

Are there health benefits from chocolate?

Every year, Americans spend $22 billion on chocolate. While a box of chocolates may seem like the opposite of healthy, experts say it’s less about the occasional small indulgence and more about making good everyday food choices.
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