Do you eat hummus? It could make you healthier!

Hummus is an ancient Middle Eastern dip rich in important health-promoting nutrients. The backbone of hummus is made from chickpeas, or garbanzo beans — they’re full of fiber, protein, healthy monounsaturated fat, and micronutrients such as magnesium, iron, and vitamin C. With added virgin olive oil, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and spices, hummus is a […]

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Everything you need to know about garlic

When looking at healthy habits of longest-lived people, you’re most likely to find that they eat a lot of garlic. Garlic contains some organic compounds thought to help fight infection, increase circulation, and boost immunity. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates prescribed it to treat a variety of medical conditions, and modern science has confirmed some […]

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What happened to the turkey? Better Thanksgivings are available in Cuenca

This Thanksgiving, my husband and I are invited to a potluck celebration with other expat friends. Today I’m thinking of “traditional” foods typically served in the U.S., compared to the local ingredients I will use to make our Cuenca Thanksgiving one that recognizes the local culture and natural ingredients. Since moving here two years ago, […]

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World Diabetes Day 2016: Take the quiz, then attend the events in Parque del la Madre

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to diabetes. Complications of diabetes kill more Americans yearly than cancer and AIDs combined. In Ecuador and Latin America, diabetes has increased dramatically over the past three decades. Take this quick quiz to assess your personal risk for diabetes. It will take only a minute, and give you […]

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Truths and myths about raw foods; When is it healthier cooked?

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE I’ve recently spied a certain raven-haired celebrity looking uncomfortably bony on the cover of a magazine. Turns out she’s been following a raw foods diet. I wonder if she’s taking care to obtain all of the vital nutrients that are necessary for good health? Committed “rawists” know […]

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The truth about dietary supplements: Do they sound too good to be true?

By Susan Burke March, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has in the last decade filed more than 120 cases challenging health claims made for supplements, claims promising weight loss, cancer cure and reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. When Dr. Oz promoted Green Coffee Bean Extract as a “miracle” weight loss supplement, […]

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