The pros and cons of cow-milk substitutes

Whether you’re lactose intolerant, or you simply prefer a plant-based product for your diet, there are a number of good alternatives to cow-milk, including soy, coconut, almond and rice milk. Larry Santora, M.D., explores the pros and cons of each.

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Bread can be part of a healthy diet

If you read the package labels carefully, bread can be part of a healthy diet. Larry Santora, M.D., explains which breads are best — white, wheat, rye, whole grain, etc. — loaf by loaf.

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Acid reflux disease: Is it serious?

If you have acid reflux disease, sometimes a simple evening meal can be a real challenge. Acid reflux can often be be controlled with an over-the-counter product. But if it is serious, tools like the pill cam (a tiny camera that you swallow and takes pictures of your GI tract) may help diagnose the cause. Gastroenterologist Hardeep Singh, M.D., reviews causes, symptoms and treatments.

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Food irradiation: Is it safe?

Some of the food we eat — especially spices and imported produce — is irradiated for our safety. Food scientist Anuradha Prakash, Ph.D., professor and program director of the food science department at Chapman University, explains the process, effects and her research on food irradiation.

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Should you be taking a calcium supplement?

Calcium is the most important mineral in our bodies. And most of us do not get enough. Larry Santora, M.D., explains how much you need — either through supplements or diet — and what some of the questions are surrounding calcium intake, including whether it affects your risk for heart attack.

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Are energy drinks safe?

How much is too much? Larry Santora, M.D., reviews the ingredients in the various energy drinks on the market and explains whether or not they are harmful.

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Are sugar substitutes healthy?

There’s a number of sugar substitutes on the market now — some are “natural,” and others are well-known chemical stand-ins. Are they a safe alternative to real sugar? Larry Santora, M.D., reviews the brands available on store shelves now.

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Solutions to childhood obesity

Deborah Proctor, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health, explores childhood obesity and fitness programs for kids, including Healthy For Life.

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The colors of the rainbow can help create tasty and nutritious meals for kids

Erin Macdonald, R.D., a nutrition and fitness coach at Complete Wellness NOW! in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and fourth-grader Laurenz Dodge use colors to plan nutritious meals for children.

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Don’t spend a lot to get your antioxidants from fruit juice

Budget-friendly orange juice is just as good a source of antioxidants as the more expensive fruit juices. Larry Santora, M.D., breaks it down.

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