By Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, LDN NABBW’s Associate for Healthy Heart Lifestyle You know that you should be eating vegetables every day, but did you know that you should try and get in allium vegetables on a regular basis? The allium family of veggies include onions, leeks, chives and garlic. What’s so awesome about allium veggies? Allium vegetables house a unique combination of polyphenols and sulfur-containing nutrients that have been shown to decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. They also reduce inflammation and prevent loss of bone and... Read More
Green Bean Casserole: A Classic Thanksgiving Dish — Now You Can Make It Over to Be Low Fat, Low Cholesterol — And Still Delightfully Yummy. Here\’s How!
Green Bean Casserole: A Classic Thanksgiving Dish — Now You Can Make It Over to Be Low Fat, Low Cholesterol — And Still Delightfully Yummy. Here\’s How! By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW’s Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate What is one of the most popular Thanksgiving dinner side dishes? Green bean casserole has become a staple at most everyone’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, the traditional version tends to be loaded with bad fat, salt and calories and is often far from a light and healthy dish. Why not lighten up this Thanksgiving classic and... Read More
Bananas and Chocolate: Two Blood-Pressure Lowering Superfoods That Are a Healthy, Indulgent Prescription For You and Your Family!! Plus Brill Offers a Healthy Cake Recipe By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW’s Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate Half of all American women over the age of 45 have high blood pressure. Considering that high blood pressure is a dangerous condition—a treacherous and silent killer that wreaks havoc on your arteries, predisposing you to stroke, a heart attack, kidney failure and blindness—it would behoove all of us to get those millimeters of mercury down... Read More
SALT! A Recipe to Help Lower Your Intake In Order To Reduce Blood Pressure And Prevent Heart Disease
SALT! A Recipe to Help Lower Your Intake In Order to Reduce Blood Pressure And Prevent Heart Disease By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW’s Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate Recently I posted an article here on some new recommendations for our salt intake, “The New Salt Message: A Smoking Gun.“ In it, I dealt with a somewhat controversial newly published recommendation on the dietary intake of salt. More importantly, I outlined why I continue to believe it is so crucial for all of us to reduce our salt intake in order to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It’s... Read More
Blood Pressure Lowering Medicine Chest: Your Local Farmer’s Market! By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW’s Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the grass is getting green, green, green… all signs that summer is right around the corner. The warm weather is also a signal that the cornucopia of locally grown fruits and vegetables is also just around the corner at the nearest farmer’s market. Why favor farmers\’ markets over the grocery store? There are several main reasons: The food is fresher (healthier)... Read More
The New Salt Message: A Smoking Gun By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW’s Healthy Heart Lifestyle Associate (Originally published in HealthNewsDigest.com, this article as published here was updated May 15, 2019 to correct hyperlinks which had evolved) – A recent expert committee report from the esteemed Institute of Medicine (Note: IOM is now a part of the Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) claimed that there was no reason for anyone to keep their sodium intake below 2,300 milligrams a day. These new recommendations, which hit... Read More