Healthy Living

Nutrition couldn't be more important in today's society as our collective waistline continues to expand. Learn the secrets to cooking healthy and knowing how to make good-tasting food without all the fat and cholesterol.


You might owe your mother an apology. As it turns out, she wasn't forcing you to eat veggies just for the fun of it. In fact, vegetables are key to developing a healthy smile!

We all know that sugary desserts are terrible for your teeth, but what's a good alternative? Cheese, please!

Yes, green tea is delicious, but it also has multiple remarkable benefits for your mouth.

How much do you really know about kiwis? Yes, they're green and delicious, but are you aware of the plethora of health benefits these tasty fruits offer?

Are you going to end this meal with a hug -- or perhaps a kiss? If so, you'll need a superhero to fight that villain in your mouth: Bacteria. Do parsley and mint fit the bill?

Before toothbrushes, people had to get creative about cleaning their teeth, so they turned to nature.

Taking good care of your teeth, gums and mouth is a given, but what does water have to do with it?

The next time you start craving a sweet snack, reach for a bowl of fruit salad instead!

People love ice cream, but the sweet treat isn't great for your teeth. The good news? It's easy to make tasty, homemade ice cream that's also low in sugar.

Dairy products have long been a great source of calcium, but there are other vitamins in there, too, working wonders in your mouth.

Can't get enough of your favorite canned soda? Maybe you'll drink your last after you read what it's doing to your mouth and insides.

Pasta is one of the quintessential comfort foods. It's delicious, filling and easy to chew -- which may be why it's a great meal for someone with toothaches or recovering from oral surgery. Here are some dishes that make your mouth feel good.

Just because it's labeled food -- and looks oh, so appealing -- doesn't mean it's safe to eat. To save your teeth, avoid these noshes.

With all the hoopla about natural and artificial sweeteners, getting the facts straight can leave you feeling sour. Are either really better for you?

Believe it or not, chewing gum can be really beneficial for your teeth -- if you chew it long enough.

Did you know there are things that are good for your waistline but bad for your teeth? Check out our article for some culprits.

Dark chocolate has gotten a bad rap over the years as a candy that gives you cavities. You don't want to eat too much of it, but a nibble here and there can actually be good for your teeth.

Salt is a cheater's way out: Whether you're making a gourmet feast or whipping up scrambled eggs, it's easy to let salt carry the bulk of the flavor load for your dish. So how can we create flavorful meals without relying on salt?

Sea salt is coarser than regular table salt, and foodies rave about the great flavor. In terms of health benefits, though, is sea salt actually better for you?

Low-sodium salt may sound like the stuff of nonsense, but you'll find it on your grocery aisle shelves next to regular, old table salt. Anything that's low-sodium is better for you, right? Read this before you stock up on low-sodium salt.

You know to drink at least eight glasses of water per day and to resist daily cupcakes. But how much sodium can your body handle -- and where are staggering sodium counts lurking?

We only need between 1,500 and 2,300 mg of sodium -- about one teaspoon of salt -- at most each day. But try as we might, it's hard to hit that goal, because some foods that we frequently eat have a lot more sodium than we realize. What are they?

Unlike regular tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes are available all year. Don't just leave them soaking in the rays for too long -- we've got some irresistible recipes in which sun-dried tomatoes are the stars.

You chose a salad for lunch, so you're feeling pretty angelic right now. Healthy greens, vitamin-packed tomatoes and calcium-rich cheese won't tarnish your halo. But your salad dressing might. Did you just pour 400 milligrams of sodium on your lunch?

Slow cookers are a huge help for busy chefs, but it's easy to load your meals up with too much sodium. Have no fear, though -- with a few substitutions and the right ingredients, you can make your slow-cooked meal healthy and delicious.