Melissa Gaughan

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How much sugar do we eat?

<b>There is fierce debate about the role of added sugar in contributing to the obesity crisis.</b><p>UK government scientists today halved the recommended level of added sugar people should eat each day.<p>And the World Health Organization has also said people should aim to get just 5% of their daily calories …

5 Foods with More Saturated Fat Than a Pat of Butter

Don't let butter's bad reputation distract you from these other fatty foods.<p>Butter is perhaps the most vilified of condiments: With 2.6 grams of saturated fat per one-inch square—that's almost 25 calories just from the bad-for-you fat—butter isn't exactly the most calorie-conservative way to top …

Water as only mealtime drink 'will combat child obesity'

<b>Children should be given only water to drink with meals to help tackle the obesity crisis, experts argue.</b><p>A group of nutritional scientists said sugary drinks were empty calories and people had got "out of the habit of drinking water" with meals.<p>The call comes as Public Health England prepares to …

The Secret to Sticking to Your Weight-Loss Plan

This may be one of the cheapest diet tricks ever.<p>You don't need a <i>Biggest Loser</i>-style coach to maintain your weight-loss momentum—you just need a pen and paper. Consistently keeping a food journal can help you avoid regaining the weight you've lost, according to a new study in the journal <i>Obesity</i>. …

5 Basil Smoothies That Will Totally Blow Your Mind

...and your tastebuds.<p>Chances are, you love basil in pesto sauce and on pizza—but never thought to toss it in a smoothie. Well, trust us when we tell you that this herb is actually a great complement to tons of different fruits. Or don't trust us—and just try one of these absolutely …

Healthy Eating

5 Strategies for Vibrant, Healthy Summer Skin

As she walks into the room, you focus on her sleeveless gauzy dress that accentuates her toned arms and defined physique. You notice her radiant smile. Most of all, you want to ask her how she got such glowing, healthy skin.<p>Summer doesn't allow much room for concealment. Whereas during colder …

Why You Don't Need to Worry About What You Eat on Vacation

Most likely, you're already being pretty healthy—without even realizing it.<p>Check your calendar. Chances are your summer is booked solid with weekend weddings, family vacations, and maybe a joy trip or two—all cutting gaping, potentially waist-wrecking holes in your diet.<p>But a new story from …

4 Ways That Your Period Messes With Your Skin

The same hormones that control your monthly cycle can also wreak havoc on your skin (ah, the joys of being a woman).<p>What your period does to our bodies (the cramps! The cravings!) is pretty irritating. But what it does to our skin is simply not pretty. "When hormone levels surge before your period, …

U.S. court strikes protest bar on Massachusetts abortion clinics | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law that mandates a protective buffer zone around abortion clinics to allow patients unimpeded access.<p>On a 9-0 vote, the court said the 2007 law violated the freedom of speech rights of anti-abortion protesters …