Dry mouth: What you should know

Dry mouth happens when you do not have enough saliva or spit in your mouth. Saliva is produced by hundreds of salivary glands that keep your mouth moist. Saliva is mostly made of water, but also contains enzymes that help break down food particles. Without saliva, we would even have difficulty swallowing food.

The skinny on artificial sweeteners

One of the toughest things about learning to live well with diabetes can be lowering sugar intake. From spoonfuls in our morning coffees to those late-night ice cream binges, we Americans love our sugar, and breaking the habit can be hard. The availability of sugar substitutes like stevia, Equal and Splenda, which add sweetness without piling on calories and carbohydrates, has made living sugar-free a bit easier. But there are some things to keep in mind.

Introducing: Kalettes!

It’s not every day that this nutritionist and produce enthusiast gets the opportunity to try a new vegetable. But today, I did! I’ve been hearing some buzz about kalettes, so I was excited when I spotted them at my local farmer’s market this past week.

Green up your diet

Eating more vegetables is often touted as a way to cultivate a healthy lifestyle — and it’s tough to beat green varieties. While eating a rainbow of colors is important, green veggies are among the most nutrient-packed. Upping your intake could bring significant benefits, from a lowered risk for serious diseases to improved appetite control. If the only green foods you currently enjoy are candy, fear not. If you add veggies gradually and deliciously, your taste buds will likely catch up.

Recipe: Whole grain salad

Quinoa might dominate trendy menus, but plenty of other grains are worthy of your attention. Consider millet, for example. Its cheery golden color and small size mask a nutritional powerhouse that’s high in magnesium and is a good source of dietary fiber. Its nutty flavor makes millet a fine side dish or hot cereal, and it’s also an excellent base for cool summer salads.

Women & heart attacks: What you don’t know

Heart attacks account for about 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. for both men and women, but when it comes to how we deal with the disease, women and men really are different.

Recipe: Mother’s Day brunch sandwich

Healthy eating isn’t always easy. That’s especially true on occasions like Mother’s Day where a typical brunch menu is filled with fats and refined carbohydrates. Preparing a brunch treat that feels special, without the extra calories, requires some thought. A beautiful open-faced sandwich is one worthy option. This dish features a red pepper coulis, or thick vegetable sauce, for a bright kick.