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Sore Muscles? Try Ginger

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Georgia showed that ginger consumption can cut exercise-induced pain by 25 percent. In the study, they plied subjects with either raw ginger, cooked ginger, or a placebo for 11 straight days. On the 8th day, they made the people do hard weight lifting that "induced moderate muscle injury." Then they assessed their pain over the next three days. The ginger-eaters: Way less pain. A few of our favorite ginger recipes after the jump.

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Salsa and Guacamole Are Out To Get You

The Center for Disease Control just gave salsa and guacamole their own acronym: SGA, which stands for salsa-and-guacamole associated, and the acronym was necessary because there were so many salsa-and-guacamole cases of food poisoning that it got tiresome to write the whole thing out over and over. So SGA. FYI, one reason SGA cases are so common is because salsa and gauc get whipped up in big batches, and your little bowl of salsa comes from the big bowl, which has been sitting around for a while. Solution, give up salsa a guacamole. Just kidding! Make your own! A few of your favorite recipes, after the jump.

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Sometimes it's worth the risk, though!

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Should You Switch To A Low-Acid Diet?

Low-acid diets are gaining a following. The theory goes like this: Meat and cheese form acid in the body, higher acid levels lead to bone loss, so cut out high-acid foods and you prevent osteoporosis and stay healthy longer. Marion Nestle, a professor in the nutrition, food studies and public health department at NYU takes a look at the theory in her weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle. Her verdict on the low-acid theory: Dubious.

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Dark Chocolate Lowers Your Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, consider the chocolate cure. According to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide in Australia, the flavanols in dark chocolate lead to a significant reduction in blood pressure for people suffering from hypertension. (For those with normal blood pressure, the study showed no effect). Explanation: "Flavanols have been shown to increase the formation of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes vasodilation and consequently may lower blood pressure." Ah ha. Sadly, however, the scientists caution that the "the practicability of chocolate or cocoa drinks as long-term treatment is questionable." But combine this with the study showing that chocolate can reduce your risk of stroke, and a daily dose is hardly the worst idea. A few of our favorite chocolate recipes after the jump.

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The Five Big Salt Offenders

Ninety percent of Americans eat too much salt, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which puts 90% of us at increased risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke. But it's not because we're OD-ing on salt with a sprinkle here and there from the salt shaker or some sort of collective over-the-top- anchovy addiction. In fact, it turns out there's a short list of five foods that carry the greatest blame: 

  1. Yeast breads 
  2. Chicken and mixed chicken dinners 
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Brown Rice Good, Barley Even Better

Swapping brown rice for white rice decreases your odds of developing diabetes, shows new research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, which examined the diets of about 40,000 men and about 160,000 women showed that replacing 50 grams of white rice daily with the same amount of brown rice lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes by 16%. But before you stock up on brown rice, check this: Replacing the same amount of white rice with other whole grains, like barley and wheat, dropped the risk even more, by 36%. So bulgur, barley, and bran to the rescue. Five of our favorite scientifically-proven-to-be-awesome-for-you whole grain recipes after the jump.

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Pistachios Fight Plaque

Pistachios are good for your heart — research shows they help lower lipids and lipoproteins, which reduces your risk of heart disease. But a new study shows that they're even more powerful than we thought. Turns out they also increase the antioxidants in your blood, which helps reduce low-density lipoproteins, which, it turns out, are a particular culprit in plaque buildup in your blood vessels. Plaque: Friend to no man. So pistachios, totally worth eating. Five delicious recipes for optimal pistachio-to-stomach delivery after the jump.

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Hot Dogs Will Kill You, Steak Not So Much

First there was the pediatrician hot dog warning label, now this: A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that eating a serving a day of processed red meat — think hot dogs, cold cuts, or bacon — is associated with a 42% increased risk of heart disease and a 19% increased risk for diabetes. No duh, you say. But here's the surprising thing: No such link existed for unprocessed red meat. Which means the sodium, chemical preservatives, and nitrates may have more to do with the increased risk of heart disease than the saturated fat. Enjoy your steak! 

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What Does a Vegan Ultramarathoner Eat for Dinner?

Scott Jurek runs like thirty miles a day, on an easy day. Cause that's what you do when you're a world-class ultramarathoner training for 150+mile races. To keep up with that kind of training regimen, he needs to eat between 5,000 and 8,000 calories a day. But here's the catch: He's a dedicated vegan who has to get all those calories without any meat or dairy. How exactly do you eat that many vegan calories without resorting to dozens of donuts? The New York Times gives the rundown on his daily diet:

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Eat Bran, Live Forever

Bran is more than the trump card in the So I Married an Axe Murderer "What's Worse" game (two cups of coffee, three bran muffins, stuck in traffic on the Bay Bridge...) Researchers at Harvard tracked a group of women for over three decades and found that the women who ate the most bran had a 35% lower risk of death from heart disease and a 28% lower risk of death from all causes than women who ate the least. Caveat: The women in the study were diabetics, and as such, have greater risk of heart disease and early death than the population at large. But still, you gotta figure if it's that overwhelmingly good for them, it wouldn't hurt you to up your intake a little. Five tasty ideas bran ideas, beyond the calorie bomb of bran muffins, after the jump.

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Kaitlyn said "

Bran is so good for you. It's a healthy carbohydrate with tons of ..." More comments...