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There are three macronutrients — protein, fat, and carbohydrates — but these days, it seems like all anyone wants to talk about is protein. Read about a popular diet —from Whole 30 to Keto to Paleo — and protein has a starring role. Given its star status, it’s a good idea to get clear on what protein can (and can’t) do.

For most people, the word fasting brings up the notion of prolonged periods without food or maybe even drink. Some people fast periodically for religious reasons or medical necessity (say, before a procedure). But a new type of diet has people fasting to lose weight, improve health, live longer (and healthier), boost mental clarity, and more. Here’s what you need to know about this trendy fast.

Call it the new kale! Cauliflower used to be just another ho-hum veggie but these days, it’s more like a ninja warrior — slashing carbs and calories in everything from pizza and rice dishes to smoothies and soups. The calorie and carb savings are great, but these swaps provide even more: This veggie supplies 3 grams of fiber and more than half of your daily vitamin C requirements in each 30-calorie cup. 

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It’s nice to think that food is a level playing field — that there’s just food, neither good, nor bad. But you don’t even have to scratch far below the surface to see that the science suggests otherwise.

We can't miraculously cure a cold or ward off the flu — but certain foods can help bolster our defenses.

The evidence shows that there isn’t one better way to lose weight, but diets that work all have these things in common. Here are three commandments that cross over all types of weight-loss approaches.

Dining out is a convenience we all rely on so to help you avoid the unhealthiness and keep things light, I drilled down into the nutrition information of the Panera menu for the best offerings and looked for ways to make them even better. Here are your healthy Panera Bread picks.

Knowing that there are healthier options available is a great strategy for times when you’re out of your routine (say, a business trip) or on days when you got a late start and couldn’t pack breakfast or lunch. No matter where or when hunger strikes, a Starbucks meal can come to the rescue.

Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate the dairy and non-dairy milks in the supermarket.

I reachedout to nutrition pros across the country who shared with NBC News BETTER their favorite Trader Joe’s shopping secrets. Take a peek into our kitchens and prepare yourself for quick and healthy eating ideas.

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From cauliflower rice to pea protein to bean pasta, these food trends have earned their health halos and are here to stay.

Want to eat the breakfast of champions? Here's how to start your day like an Olympian.

Give these five easy tips a try to make your day that much healthier—and enjoyable!

Add freshness and flavor — and an extra dose of nutrition — to your favorite pantry staples.

Think you torched 500 calories during spin class? You may have to think again.

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Because eyeballing a ½-cup scoop in a pint of ice cream is a serious exercise in willpower.

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Forget fads and gimmicks. A dietitian shares what she know for sure about lasting weight-loss success.

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Rise and dine with these creative recipes that will get your morning started on the right foot.

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Researchers found that vegetable dishes with deliciously descriptive names helped college students eat more of the good stuff.

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So we called on the experts to give us the high-cal foods that are loaded with nutrients (read: fiber, fat, and protein) and can actually help you slim down.

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Meal planning is about to get way easier.

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Tossing and turning every night? Try these easy ways to get a better night’s rest, straight from the experts.

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Exactly what you're looking for in a summer dinner: quick, easy and bursting with flavor.

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A new Gallup survey points to three things you can do to eat better this week (hint: none of them involve food).

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Using a FitBit? You're probably not burning all that many calories. A Stanford University study found that if you're using a fitness tracker, the calorie feedback may be way off.

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What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...If you're ever unsure about going back for seconds or reaching for that post-meal snack, ask yourself these questions first.

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A new study reveals 80 percent of us are chowing down on fast food at least once a week. Here’s how to make it a healthier habit.  

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Though you've probably heard that shedding pounds is as simple as calories in versus calories out, a lot of factors—like how often you’re working out and what your diet looks like—can affect how much you're eating, says Samantha Cassetty, R.D.

The Healthiest Easter Candy is the One You Really Want to Eat

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We've sized up the nutrition labels of some of the most popular Easter candies, with a strong focus on calories, fat and sugar content per serving — as well as the serving size.

11 Gifs That Perfectly Illustrate How Damn Hard It Is To Lose Weight

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Trying to lose weight can be one of the most frustrating and overwhelming undertakings of a person's life. But sometimes you just gotta laugh it off and keep moving forward.

Girl Scout Cookies, Ranked From Better to Worst

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You're not hitting any nutritional home runs with Girl Scout cookies," says Samantha Cassetty, a registered dietitian in New York City. But if you're getting most of your nutrients from healthy foods like veggies, fruits, nuts, beans, whole grains and lean proteins—and not cookies, you're in good shape.

Everything Your Mom Told You About Healthy Eating Was Right – Except This

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Nine nutrition tips that are better left behind. (Sorry moms!)

What to Do If Your Food Goes Bad

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You had every intention of eating those bananas. They were green when you bought them but now, they've browned beyond edible-banana recognition. It's time to toss them in trash, you think—and you're anything but alone.

12 Tiny Expert-Backed Changes for Your Diet

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You've got healthy snacks and meals down pat, but these simple food swaps from nutrition experts will make your diet even more nutritious

Ask Sam: My teenage daugher has decided to become a vegetarian. How should I deal with this?

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Make sure your daughter is eating a well-rounded menu that includes plant protein from sources like nuts and beans. 

Frozen Food Innovations

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Food companies are introducing entrées made with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and fewer artificial ingredients and preservatives to meet consumer demand for healthier frozen fare.

Try the 7 Years Younger Diet One-Week Meal Plan

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Eat well, eat smart, and drop pounds

6 Foods to Steer Clear of on Valentine’s Day

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Date night foods that will enable you to put your best foot (and tummy) forward on date night.

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