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One Secret Side Effect of Drinking Oat Milk, Says a Dietitian

You can call the humble oat the GOAT of grains , that is, the Greatest Of All Time, because it's so rich in healthful nutrients, so simple, and so easy to work into your daily diet. And it's gluten-free. Oats are on the "eat-this lists" of so many diets and dietitians for their ability to help people lose weight and lower their blood sugar and cholesterol. That's why you'll find it on this list of The 100 Healthiest Foods on the Planet . But does this stellar grain live up to its reputation in the liquid form of oat milk? Not quite. To be sure, oat milk is a very good alternative to cow's milk or nut milks for those who are unable to drink them due to dairy or nut allergies, says Lori Zanini, RD, CDE , a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes expert in Manhattan Beach, California. It can be a terrific addition to a healthy diet as long as you choose the best kind and realize that oat milk is nutritionally different from the grain in

The #1 Worst Fast-Food Breakfast, Says a Dietitian

On days when you hit the ground running and you're out the door too fast to eat, eventually you've got to pause and fuel up. But, deciding which drive-thru breakfast to grab might feel complicated, with more fast-food chains serving breakfast than ever before… and many offering mostly deep-fried, saturated fat -filled, carb-heavy choices. To help you pick one that won't destroy your nutrition goals, a registered dietitian has stepped in to narrow down the absolute worst fast-food breakfast out there—along with a couple options that are way better for you. Dina R. D'Alessandro, MS, RDN, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and lecturer at the City University of New York's Herbert H. Lehman College. D'Alessandro has studied the breakfast nutrition information across the major fast-food chains to help you decide which drive-thru to hit up (and which to steer clear of). Keep reading to learn the #1 worst fast-food breakfast, and don't miss  One Major S

The #1 Worst Breakfast at Starbucks, Says a Dietitian

Whether you've explicitly noticed it or not, Starbucks has been working overtime in recent years to earn your food business. Today, 50% or more of the menu boards at many of the chain's cafés are occupied by its breakfast offerings (which just so happen to be available all day ). Overall, the selection might appear healthier than the breakfast menus at other chain restaurants. It's Starbucks, and they're tuned into your lifestyle—right? Truth be told, the nutrition facts on some Starbucks breakfast items actually rival the fast-food giants, one diet educator says. "Restaurants want to sell food, and that means they want it to taste good," Karen Graham explains—but that often comes at a compromise. "If they lower the fat, they often raise the sodium to enhance flavor. If they lower the carbs, they often raise the saturated fat." Graham is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Canada who is also the author of three books on di

Best Supplements For Fighting Anxiety, Says a Dietitian

If you found yourself clicking on this story, you probably feel some degree of anxiety —and just know you're not alone. Approximately 19% of adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder—but the most important statistic to know is that 100% of people can feel anxious. As Lisa Moskovitz , RD, and CEO of the NY Nutrition Group says, "we are built to withstand a moderate degree of distress—it can quickly come and should naturally go." The real challenge with anxiety starts to arise when it doesn't fade into the background as it ultimately should. RELATED:  These 5 Foods May Naturally Lower Your Anxiety, New Study Suggests "Under extreme circumstances, medical attention is warranted as chronic, intense anxiety can certainly impair one's health and quality of life," says Moskovitz. Though, if your anxiety isn't severe, but you still feel it needs to be addressed, there are some supplements that may be able to help naturally lower it. Below, L

The #1 Worst Burger at Burger King, Says a Dietitian

It's unlikely that you frequently find yourself pulling up to a fast-food restaurant because you think it has the healthiest food in town. However, if you're having a cheat day or find yourself on a long road trip without a healthier option in sight, you might decide that a stop at the nearest Burger King is a better choice than toughing it out until you can find a kale salad. Fortunately, if you do happen to stop at the burger chain, there are plenty of healthier options you can choose from, from grilled chicken sandwiches to veggie burgers (just check out our list of Best and Worst Menu Items at Burger King ). The bad news? There's one Burger King burger so bad that dietitians say you should avoid it at all costs. So, which sandwich earned the dubious honor of being dubbed the worst Burger King burger by experts? According to Diana Gariglio-Clelland, RD , a registered dietitian with , the Texas Double Whopper takes the proverbial cake when it comes to

The One Drink to Give Up to Get Rid of Belly Fat, Says a Dietitian

Let's be real, no one likes belly fat , and it can be especially frustrating if you're working out, eating right, and still can't manage to shed those stubborn extra pounds around your midsection. While being active and eating healthy are great places to start if you're looking to blast away some belly fat quickly, there's another simple change you can make to your diet that will help that weight fall off and stay off—change your drinking habits. More specifically, to melt belly fat, ditch the sugary soda you have with lunch (and probably also with dinner) that's nothing more than a glass full of empty calories . (Related: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet .) (Related:  What Happens To Your Brain When You Drink Soda .) " Soda is one of the biggest contributors of added sugar in a typical American diet. The high amounts of added sugars in soda raise blood sugar very quickly, stimulating the body to release insulin to lower blood sugar," explains

The #1 Best Thing to Eat for Better Sleep, Says a Dietitian

It's time to put to bed the age-old myth about it being bad to eat late at night. As long as you're eating healthy bedtime snacks , having a bite in the night won't make you gain weight; in fact, eating the right foods before sleep can actually help promote better and more restful sleep ! And there's one snack, in particular, that is worth adding to your nighttime rotation to stop counting sheep: kiwi fruit. "While tried-and-true bedtime snacks like a warm and soothing mug of milk can help people unwind and get some restful sleep, I have found that one evening ritual that people are happy to stick to is to eat two kiwi fruits before they hit the hay ," says Lauren Manaker , MS, RDN, LD , a registered dietitian and member of the Eat This, Not That! Medical Expert Board . It may sound odd that this tiny tropical fruit can support better sleep, but Manaker told us that the evidence is clear—it can really work! Here's how: "Kiwis naturally contain sero