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.


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.

Whether you're eating out or cooking at home, it's tough to eat healthy in America today. And because we like convenience, many of the foods we love have surprisingly high sodium contents. So what's a person to do? Is anything good for you anymore?

Although things like canned foods make cooking a little easier, there's a downside to them, too -- way too much sodium, which can be bad for your health. But with some clever substitutions and careful shopping, you can spice things up and cut back on the sodium.

Now that you're an adult, you know that Happy Meals are anything but happy for your waistline and cholesterol levels. Can you find happiness in the drive-through if you're on a low-sodium diet? We've got some tips.

You know tomatoes are a tasty addition to almost any meal -- the fact that they're healthy is just an added benefit. They're delicious, common to many styles of cuisine and we've got five recipes sure to delight.

Tomato, "to-mah-to." Call it what you like; it's the world's most popular fruit -- yes, we said fruit. Of the nearly 10,000 varieties of the favored food, cherry tomatoes are one of the mostly widely eaten. And we've got a handful of nutritious recipes that make the most of this bite-sized beauty.

Americans seem to like a little food with their salt -- on average, we each consume almost 3,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium every day. When everything's loaded with salt, what are we supposed to eat to stay healthy?

With colder weather comes sweaters and boots, fires in the hearth and a hearty soup on the stove. But some of those soups could leave you parched because they're so salty. We've got five soups that will cut the sodium and bring the flavor.

You'll find low-sodium versions of lots of cheeses at the supermarket. But if you want real cheese -- cheese that still tastes like cheese -- the five choices on this list won't leave you disappointed.

A low-sodium diet can help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. But if the salt shaker is your regular dinnertime companion, that can be a tough habit to break. How do you do it?

Sodium may be necessary for life, but in large quantities, it can cause major health problems. The trouble is, when we say large amounts, we're not talking about much -- even a tablespoon a day unhealthy. So how can you season food without all the salt?

Even if your food doesn't taste salty, that doesn't mean there isn't a whole lot of sodium lurking in your meal, particularly if you bought it, rather than made it. But there are some options. Here are five foods for dinner naturally low in sodium.

Sodium and salt are the same, right? And salt causes high blood pressure, too, doesn't it? With so many myths about sodium, we don't know what to eat anymore. And with so much contradictory information out there, how can we tell what's true?

So, you want to live forever ... almost. Can your diet help get you there? Maybe. What are some foods that increase longevity? Hint: None of them contains lots of preservatives.

Do you get freebies at your favorite restaurant? Do you have nothing in your fridge but restaurant doggie bags and takeout containers? You might be eating out too much. See what some other indicators are.

Do you dream of pickles? Is it impossible for you to leave the chips and dip at parties? No worries. You're just an addict. Which of these foods is your greatest weakness?

Sugar and salt take a rap today because they're so easy to overindulge in. But why do some people relish one taste over the other, and what does it say about them?

A bowl of sugary cereal and a soft drink aren't the way to an intelligent morning. What breakfast items will rev up your noggin for the day?