What Are Greens and Why Are They So Important?

What are Greens and Why are They so Important?

You hear it all the time: “Eat your greens!” But what does that mean and why should you do that? Well, this phrase literally means eat green-colored leafy vegetables. Some examples include:

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

How do Antioxidants Keep Us Healthy?

You’ve probably heard about antioxidants. Many different foods and products contain them and claim to offer all sorts of health benefits. Commercials say that if you drink this or eat this or take this, you’ll be getting loads of antioxidants.

But what exactly are antioxidants? Do they really help you? Where can you get them? And should you be making an effort to get them into your body?

Consider this a beginner’s primer on antioxidants. We’re going to break down the what, why, and how so that you have a firm grasp on the nuances of the subject.

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John Hawthorne is a health nut from Canada with a passion for travel and taking part in humanitarian efforts. His writing not only solves a creative need it has also lead to many new opportunities when traveling abroad.

Who's Right in the Salt Debate?

To Salt or Not to Salt

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

What's the Difference Between Keto and Paleo Diets?

There are all sorts of different diets out there that promise big results with particular eating habits. Take the Paleo diet to name one: It claims to have its origins in what we used to eat, thousands of years ago, and has gathered a wide following.

Many people get different eating plans confused with one another, and Paleo is no different. People often assume that Paleo and ketogenic diets are the same thing; while they do share similarities, in key ways they are very different.

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What is the Mediterranean Diet and Why Should I Try It?

What Do They Know That We Don't?

Potentially the world’s healthiest way of eating, the Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that were consumed by populations in Italy and Greece throughout history.

The diet emphasizes produce, fish, whole grains, and health fats – encouraging a high intake of fiber, moderate consumption of meats and alcohol, and tons of antioxidants. Followers of this diet will also enjoy meals with their loved ones – cooking as a family, eating as a family, and sharing a glass of red wine after dinner as a family.

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Jacky Miller is a Registered Dietician based in New Zealand. She specializes in chronic conditions and through diet and lifestyle changes helps her patients improve their health, and lead richer, more fulfilling lives. She writes regularly on health related topics for blogs including MindBodyGreen, Jen Reviews, and The Huffington Post. 

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Support Your Goals With a Soup Cleanse

Soup or Nuts?

It may seem nuts to think about undertaking an all-soup diet plan in the midst of summer's heat, but grandma would tell you, when it it hot outside, hot soup cools you (and also makes you feel lighter and closer to your nutrition and fitness goals). Compared to a juice cleanse, a soup cleanse will likely provide more fiber and protein, and, of course, much less sugar and blood sugar spiking for those watching glycemic index foods.

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Eating Plan - Getting Started on Atkins Diet

What should I keep in mind when starting this diet?

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Jacky Miller is a Registered Dietician based in New Zealand. She specializes in chronic conditions and through diet and lifestyle changes helps her patients improve their health, and lead richer, more fulfilling lives. She writes regularly on health related topics for blogs including MindBodyGreen, Jen Reviews, and The Huffington Post. 

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Understanding the Atkins Diet, According to Science

What is the Atkins diet?

Also known as the Atkins nutritional approach, the diet follows a strict structure that requires limited consumption of carbohydrates with plenty of protein and fat. The dramatic reduction in carbohydrates will help the body move from metabolizing the glucose from carbs for energy to a more efficient process of burning stored fat, instead.

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Jacky Miller is a Registered Dietician based in New Zealand. She specializes in chronic conditions and through diet and lifestyle changes helps her patients improve their health, and lead richer, more fulfilling lives. She writes regularly on health related topics for blogs including MindBodyGreen, Jen Reviews, and The Huffington Post. 

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Is It Harder to Resist Temptation at Certain Times of Day?

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Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex, or travel, we’re eager to learn more.

Healthy Tips: How to Avoid Overeating at Work

Have you ever had a work day where the snacks were everywhere—and you got home and had no idea what you really ate?

You’re not alone

Your mindless noshing isn’t an isolated incidence: About half of all people end up overeating while at work. If they try to compensate by skipping meals, then the results lead to sluggishness or grumpiness. So what then can you do to skip the don’t-need-them snacks at work?

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01/29/2018
What are Greens and Why are They so Important? You hear it all the time: “Eat your greens!” But what does that mean and why should you do that? Well, this phrase literally means eat green-... read more
Child looking at big red apple with a bite out of it
01/25/2018
You’ve probably heard about antioxidants. Many different foods and products contain them and claim to offer all sorts of health benefits. Commercials say that if you drink this or eat this or take... read more
Wooden spoons heaped with salt on burlap cloth.
01/23/2018
To Salt or Not to Salt For decades, a sometimes furious battle has raged among scientists over the extent to which elevated salt consumption contributes to death, with one camp ... read more
Blue and red graphics of dueling butchers
10/06/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
There are all sorts of different diets out there that promise big results with particular eating habits. Take the Paleo diet to name one: It claims to have its origins in what we used to eat,... read more
Fresh Mediterranean salad on white plate.
08/02/2017
What Do They Know That We Don't? Potentially the world’s healthiest way of eating, the Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that were consumed by populations in Italy and Greece... read more
Wooden bowl of tomato soup with fresh tomatoes and bread.
07/18/2017
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Soup or Nuts? It may seem nuts to think about undertaking an all-soup diet plan in the midst of summer's heat, but grandma would tell you, when it it hot outside, hot soup cools you (and also... read more
Fork spearing salad lettuce and wrapped in measuring tape.
07/08/2017
What should I keep in mind when starting this diet? If the great health benefits [of the Atkins Diet, see here and here] have convinced you to cut down on your carbohydrate intake and begin... read more
Hnds with knife and fork ready to eat from empty plate on yellow checked tablecloth.
07/01/2017
What is the Atkins diet? Also known as the Atkins nutritional approach, the diet follows a strict structure that requires limited consumption of carbohydrates with plenty of protein and fat. The... read more
Two gooey waffle cone ice cream sundaes with colorful toppings.
05/20/2017
by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's Feats of willpower, like dieting, quitting smoking, staying sober, and ignoring texts from the person saved in your phone as "garbage," are... read more

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Wooden box filled with various kinds of lettuce and leafy greens
01/29/2018
What are Greens and Why are They so Important? You hear it all the time: “Eat your greens!” But what does that mean and why should you do that? Well, this phrase literally means eat green-... read more
Child looking at big red apple with a bite out of it
01/25/2018
You’ve probably heard about antioxidants. Many different foods and products contain them and claim to offer all sorts of health benefits. Commercials say that if you drink this or eat this or take... read more
Wooden spoons heaped with salt on burlap cloth.
01/23/2018
To Salt or Not to Salt For decades, a sometimes furious battle has raged among scientists over the extent to which elevated salt consumption contributes to death, with one camp ... read more
Blue and red graphics of dueling butchers
10/06/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
There are all sorts of different diets out there that promise big results with particular eating habits. Take the Paleo diet to name one: It claims to have its origins in what we used to eat,... read more
Fresh Mediterranean salad on white plate.
08/02/2017
What Do They Know That We Don't? Potentially the world’s healthiest way of eating, the Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that were consumed by populations in Italy and Greece... read more
Wooden bowl of tomato soup with fresh tomatoes and bread.
07/18/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
Soup or Nuts? It may seem nuts to think about undertaking an all-soup diet plan in the midst of summer's heat, but grandma would tell you, when it it hot outside, hot soup cools you (and also... read more
Fork spearing salad lettuce and wrapped in measuring tape.
07/08/2017
What should I keep in mind when starting this diet? If the great health benefits [of the Atkins Diet, see here and here] have convinced you to cut down on your carbohydrate intake and begin... read more
Hnds with knife and fork ready to eat from empty plate on yellow checked tablecloth.
07/01/2017
What is the Atkins diet? Also known as the Atkins nutritional approach, the diet follows a strict structure that requires limited consumption of carbohydrates with plenty of protein and fat. The... read more
Two gooey waffle cone ice cream sundaes with colorful toppings.
05/20/2017
by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's Feats of willpower, like dieting, quitting smoking, staying sober, and ignoring texts from the person saved in your phone as "garbage," are... read more

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