Good Diet News About 'Bad' Foods

Mar 12, 2005 8:06 pm US/EasternNEW YORK (CBS) Over the years, studies have come out casting some negative light on certain foods. But Dr. Sean Kenniff from the CBS affiliate in Miami, WFOR-TV, says before you cut them from your diet, consider their good qualities as well. Consumed in moderation, they can be good for you.

He talks about the following "forgiven foods" on The Saturday Early Show.

We all know that eggs are high in cholesterol. In fact, a single egg has 213 mg of cholesterol in them, which is about 2/3 of your recommended daily level of cholesterol. But what you may not know is that newer studies indicate that they contain a substance that in laboratory animals blocked the absorption of cholesterol into your blood stream.

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Celebrity Diet Secrets

Not every celebrity is a natural-born size eight. Some of them actually have to work hard to achieve and maintain their red-carpet-ready figures. So how do they do it?

Undoubtedly, there are some loony diet plans out there with more than one celeb following them; however others stick to sensible and realistic regimes, which achieve great results without sending you gaga. We take eight celebs and show you how to slim like a star.

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Diet Secrets of French Women

Ok, so you're on a diet. You've counted calories, cut carbohydrates, maybe even sipped cabbage soup. But nothing worked – at least not permanently.

So how about not dieting at all and losing weight?

Most American women have tried every diet. They obsess over food. But our French friends say they stay thin because nothing is forbidden and they don't diet.

"The mentality is different, the culture is different, the food is different," said Laetitia Cohen, who used to live in Paris.

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5-Factor Fitness: The Diet and Fitness Secret of Hollywood's A-List

Ever since physiologist Harley Pasternak appeared with Halle Berry on Oprah, telling how he transformed her body for "Catwoman" (and Reuters named Halle's Best Body in the World), folks have been anticipating the top celebrity fitness trainer's new book that reveals the secrets of his remarkably simple home diet and exercise program.

Eating plans, workout regimens, recipes, how-to photos and before-and-after success stories are included in "5 Factor Fitness: The Diet and Fitness Secret of Hollywood's A-List."

People magazine recently named Pasternak's uncomplicated regimen of 5 meals and 25 minutes of exercise daily -- using little more than dumbells, and enabling you to transform your body in just 5 weeks - not just one of the most simple and sensible of the new year, but one that can prevent or control diabetes.

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Diet News: Eat Breakfast, Lose Weight

A healthy breakfast that includes high-fibre cereal, fruit and milk can help you lose weight and fend off diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, says an article in the Harvard Men's Health Watch.

The article noted that research suggests that people who eat breakfast are leaner than those who skip breakfast.

One study found that people who did without breakfast were at four times greater risk of obesity compared to those who started the day off right.

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Low-carb diet rich in antioxidants

I am growing frustrated. Now that the clinical research is in, and it’s clear that a low-carbohydrate diet aids weight loss and actually improves blood work for most people, the dietitians are working overtime to find objections.

The current cry is “A low-carb diet is low in antioxidants!” So let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Dietitians still parrot the myth that a low-carb diet excludes fruits and vegetables, which is simply untrue. Even the two-week “induction” phase at the beginning of the Atkins diet, the strictest phase of the most restrictive low-carb diet, calls for two to three cups of vegetables per day – more than the average American is eating.

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