January 24, 2018
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Wellness Tip

Yogurt-Covered Snacks Aren't Health Food

by Berkeley Wellness  

yogurt-covered snacks

Despite their wholesome image, yogurt-covered snacks like pretzels and raisins are far from health food—and many of them don't even contain any yogurt. Here's what's really in that white coating, plus our suggestion for a healthier alternative.

How Biases Affect Vaccine Decisions

How Biases Affect Vaccine Decisions

by Berkeley Wellness  

father with buzz cut holding red-haired baby

Subtle cognitive biases can affect parents' decisions about vaccinating their children, according to research by UC Berkeley psychology professor Tania Lombrozo. We posed several questions to her about one such bias, called "omission bias."

rich omelette with tomatoes and paprika
Wellness Tip

Taking Vitamin D? Eat Some Fat

by Berkeley Wellness  

rich omelette with tomatoes and paprika

Taking a vitamin D supplement with with a fat-containing meal results in significantly better absorption of the vitamin than taking it with a fat-free meal, a Tufts University study has found.

Can You Trust Health News?
Be Well

Can You Trust Health News?

by John Swartzberg, M.D.

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There's an alarming tendency in health news reports to oversimplify and oversell research findings—and the problem is getting worse, as evidenced by two large analyses published in 2014. John Swartzberg looks at some of the most common pitfalls.

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Wellness Tip

Heart Benefits of Yoga

by Berkeley Wellness  

man practicing yoga near the sea

Yoga may help lower blood pressure and have other cardiovascular benefits, according to two large research reviews. The benefits likely are due in part to yoga's stress-reducing effect.

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Ask the Experts

Cooking with Alcohol

by Berkeley Wellness  

bottle of wine and raw beef

When alcoholic beverages are used in cooking, is it true that the alcohol "burns off"? And what does cooking do to the healthy compounds in wine? Our experts have the facts you need.

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Does Wine Deserve Its Health Buzz?

by Berkeley Wellness

Since the “French paradox” was first reported 25 years ago, wine—particularly red wine—has gleaned a reputation for being healthier than beer and hard liquor. How true is this common belief? Here are answers to this and other questions about wine.

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Thirdhand Smoke: A Lingering Threat

by Berkeley Wellness  

littered cigarette butts

You undoubtedly know about secondhand tobacco smoke, even though there is less of it these days because fewer people smoke in public. But do you know what thirdhand smoke is—and how it can affect your health? We dig into the research.

bowl of Italian Minestrone
Recipe

Big-Batch Lentil-Bean Soup

by Berkeley Wellness  

bowl of Italian Minestrone

This hearty soup is perfect for a big crowd. You can make the soup a day ahead, but wait to add the macaroni until shortly before serving so that it doesn't soak up too much of the liquid.

Bowl of Gazpacho Soup
Recipe

Spicy Gazpacho

by Berkeley Wellness  

Bowl of Gazpacho Soup

Carrot juice is the surprise ingredient in this gazpacho. It lends a bright color, a slightly sweet note, and a good amount of beta carotene. Plan ahead so you can chill the soup for a couple of hours in the refrigerator before serving.

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