The Sweet Truth about Fresh Fruit, Fructose and Heart Health

One of the most common dietary recommendations for better heart health is to eat more fruit and vegetables. Although many large studies have found that a diet high in fresh produce lowers risk for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, patients often wonder if they should be concerned about a sugar in fruit: fructose. Fueling this …

Healthy Gluten-free Blueberry Crumble

Rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and micronutrients, blueberries have so many health benefits, including lowering risk for dementia, that some people call them “brain berries.” In a recent study, British researchers reported that people who ate a cup of blueberries daily had a 20% reduction in heart disease risk and also lowered their blood pressure. Here is a delicious gluten-free, vegan …

Gourmet Dark Chocolate-Coffee Fondue with Fresh Fruit

Did you know that dark chocolate contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than many high-antioxidant fruits, including blueberries and acai berries? Here’s a quick, easy and delicious way to enjoy heart-healthy dark chocolate, in a dessert that’s sure to delight chocolate and coffee lovers. When shopping for ingredients, choose dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao. That means it’s rich in …

5 Healthy Lifestyle Steps that Lower Stroke Risk 90%

May is American Stroke Month, in which clinicians and patients are urged to take action, spread the word, and work “together to end stroke, before it even happens.” Rates of this devastating condition (also known as “brain attack”) are rising in younger adults, with the biggest surge in people ages 35 to 44, according to a new study published in …

10 Refreshing Fruit and Herb Infused Water Recipes

Did you know that drinking water is good for your heart and your teeth? Each sip cleans your mouth and helps wash away particles of food and other debris that could otherwise nourish oral bacteria, the American Dental Association reports. What’s more, in a six-year study of more than 20,000 people, those who drank five or more glasses of H2O …