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Health Information For a Healthy Diet, Less is More

Less salt equals more stable blood pressure

Having less salt in your diet may give you more control over high blood pressure. That's because salt increases the amount of water your body keeps in its bloodstream and puts pressure on your blood vessels, which results in high blood pressure.

Want to weigh less but eat more?

People get full by the amount of food they eat, not the number of calories they take in. If you're watching your weight, replace small amounts of high-calorie, high-fat food with large amounts of low-calorie, high-fiber food. You'll feel full and satisfied — but still lose weight.

Sleep less, eat more

Studies show that people who sleep less consume more calories. People who go to bed later and get fewer winks, specifically, eat more at dinner and after 8 p.m. — and consume more fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages.

Chocolate: Less sugar = better for you

Dark chocolate, which has a higher percentage of cocoa solids and less fat and sugar, does more for your health than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate may help lower blood pressure and even has high levels of compounds thought to protect against cancer.

When baking, less can be more

You may know you can bake bread with less fat by using applesauce in place of butter or oil. But there's one more way to make this substitution: prune puree instead of applesauce. In fact, some cookbooks suggest that prune puree is the best substitute for fat in chocolate baked goods, such as cakes and brownies, because of its rich color and flavor.

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