1. Fruits and veggies can help your heart and mood

    Pick produce to be happier and healthier

    You don't need me to tell you that you should eat plenty of fruits and veggies. After all, Mom already took care of that.

    But have you ever really taken her excellent advice to heart?

    If you haven't yet officially declared the produce aisle your favorite spot in the grocery store, let's see what we can do to change that.

    Fruits and veggies are practically spilling over with the essential antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals you need to fight disease and stay healthy. These nutrients literally help us to fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging and more.

    A large Swedish study tracking the health of 32,500 women for a decade found that those ladies who ate more fruits and veggies were healthier. Even more impressive, they had a hefty 20 percent lower heart-attack risk, according to the study published in The American Journal of Medicine.

    And some research out of Britain finds that that all that might be standing between you and real happiness is a lack of fresh produce. When British scientists dug into the health data of 80,000 men and women they found that those that eat the most fruits and veggies also reported being the happiest overall.

    But the key to these healthier, happier, and heart-attack-free lives all hinged on one little factor... and that's the number of servings.

    In the Swedish study the women who avoided heart attacks were enjoying a delicious seven servings of fruits and veggies a day. And those happy Brits were bouncing through their days downing seven delicious servings a day too.

    Sadly only fourteen percent of adults are getting the seven servings a day they need. Don't be one of them! Grab the shopping bags and plan a trip to the produce aisle TODAY.

  2. Reach your diet goals with healthy habits

    A little produce goes a long way

    Here's an easy way to eat less and lose weight: Buy more fruits and vegetables.

    Now, I know that's very similar to the standard diet advice to forming more healthy habits. But look more closely and you'll spot the difference.

    It's a single word.

    See it? Normally you're told to eat more fruits and vegetables, but new research shows that you may not actually have to go that far.

    Just buying them -- just having them around your home -- could be enough to do the trick and keep your healthy habits on track.

    In one set of experiments, for example, volunteers were given chocolate to eat. Some were also told to smell some oranges before they indulged.

    The ones who inhaled the sweet aroma of fresh fruit actually ate less than half the chocolate of the ones who didn't -- and the researchers say it may be that just having healthy foods around reminds us of our diet goals and helps us to stick to those healthy habits.

    Hey, if it works and leads to healthy habits and weight loss, I won't knock it.

    But why waste money -- not to mention perfectly good food -- when you don't have to? So as long as you're stocking up on fruits and vegetables to sniff, you may as well eat them.

    The study shows a benefit there, too -- of course -- because in another experiment volunteers were asked to eat either garlic bread or a small salad before dinner.

    The ones who were given the greens naturally ate smaller meals than the ones told to load up on carbs -- and, again, it may be that eating something healthy served as a reminder of diet goals.

    And maybe that's true. I'm guessing the hunger-triggering carbs in the garlic bread also played a role here.

    But forget all that, because the biggest benefit of fresh produce isn't just how they might change your behavior around other foods. It's that they're good for you -- and when you eat them, you'll get the essential nutrients needed for good health.

    And when you eat them in place of bad food -- like garlic bread -- you replace bad calories with good ones.

  3. A little exercise can add years to your life

    You don't need much exercise, but you do need it -- and new research shows that even a little can help you live a longer and happier life.
  4. Do women really need less of this life saving test?

    If there's any cancer screening that actually works -- one that saves lives without ruining any in the process -- it's the Pap smears used to detect cervical cancer in women.
  5. Meat & fried food: the secret to a long life

    Diet advice usually comes with a whole lot of don'ts: Don't eat this, and don't drink that. So let me add one more "don't" to the list: Don't listen to all that mainstream nonsense... because you don't have to give up your favorite foods to live long, and a new study proves it.

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