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.

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?

Fast food can wreak havoc on your otherwise healthy diet. But there are some good options at the drive-through. We'll look at 10.

Salmon of any kind is good for you. But wild salmon is better. How come? And is it so much better that it's worth the cost?

Need a protein-packed, low-carb, omega-3 rich food? Look no further than soy. This protein source is one of the best foods around, although its benefits are a little controversial. When should you look for if you're eating something that has soy?

Whether to keep in shape for your little yellow bikini or just for health's sake, light dinners can help you stay healthy and fit. From a light vegetable stir-fry to grilled pizza, check out these light summer fares.

Step aside high-calorie French onion soup! Outta the way double bacon hamburger! Healthy soups and sandwiches can have just as much taste and much less of the bad stuff you want out of lunch.

When you're trying to lose weight or help a family member slim down, every calorie counts. With some simple substitutions, you can trim excess calories and still make your favorite dishes. What can applesauce replace?

You can fight ailments with pills and dietary supplements all you want, but they'll probably be expensive and come with uncertain side effects. Superfoods, on the other hand, offer lots of health benefits -- and they're all available at your grocery store.

They say that an IQ of 140 or more makes someone a genius, but you don't have to be a genius to eat healthy. If you stick with the basics, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you're sure to end up within the boundaries of a healthy diet.