Opinion: Eating 1 hot dog costs you 36 minutes of ‘healthy’ life, but a portion of nuts and seeds adds 25 minutes

Susan S. Johnson

Vegetarian and vegan options have become standard fare in the American diet, from upscale restaurants to fast-food chains. And many people know that the food choices they make affect their own health as well as that of the planet.

But on a daily basis, it’s hard to know how much individual choices, such as buying mixed greens at the grocery store or ordering chicken wings at a sports bar, might translate to overall personal and environmental health. That’s the gap we hope to fill with our research.

We are part of a team of researchers with expertise in food

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9 of the Best Foods for Healthy Hair (and 3 to Avoid)

Shiny, bouncy tresses are at the top of our wish list pretty much always. And while we’re no stranger to trying different beauty products in order to get us one inch closer to Blake Lively-esque locks, we’ve never thought about using what’s in our kitchen to boost our hair health. But according to nutritionist Frida Harju-Westman, what you eat can have a significant impact on your mane. Here, nine foods to add to your diet for beautiful hair and three to avoid.

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“As strands of hair are made up of protein

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Here’s how to lay the foundation for healthy hair according to Shahnaz Husain

If you want your child to have healthy hair, you have to take some common factors into consideration. These are physical fitness, nutrition, exercise, sleep, as well as some amount of external hair care. The external treatments should mainly be in the form of protective care.

Indeed, healthy hair is the outcome of good internal health and regular external care. Nutritional deficiency is one of the most common causes of hair loss. The diet is of great importance to skin and hair. During the growing years, proteins are of more importance. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are

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Ways to Make Your Diet Heart Healthy

Penny Kris-Etherton, fellow American Heart Association; Registered Dietitian Nutritionist; professor of nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

Cleveland Clinic: “Obesity and Heart Disease,” “Heart Healthy Power Foods.”

American Heart Association: “Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia),” “Health Threats From High Blood Pressure,” “The Benefits of Beans and Legumes,” “Trans Fats,” “Meat, Poultry, and Fish: Picking Healthy Proteins,” “Know the flax (and the chia): A little seed may be what your diet needs,” “Healthy Cooking Oils,” “The Skinny on Fats.”

American Diabetes Association: “Make your heart work for your blood sugar.”

USDA: “Why is

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