(HealthDay News) — Sometimes, dietary supplements can do more harm than good, warns the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Before taking a dietary supplement, the FDA recommends: Be wary of products claiming a “quick fix.” Know the side effects, especially if you’re having surgery in the near future. Find out if the supplement may interact…  read on >

To get the most out of a whole chicken, roasting is the way to go. It’s an easy and flavorful way to prepare this protein-rich, lean meat, plus you’ll have dinner for two and lunch for the next day. Simple prep steps make the job easy. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions…  read on >

It’s a hard habit to break — sinking your teeth into a favorite fast-food breakfast sandwich. But your drive-thru addiction could be making a big dent in daily calorie and fat limits without giving you the nutrients needed to fuel your day. Take these steps for a healthy breakfast sandwich remix, great taste included. When…  read on >

Doctors may be as confused about what dietary advice to pass on to their patients as the patients themselves — even when it comes to protecting against heart disease through diet, according to U.S., British and Italian reports. Part of the problem is the continuing lack of nutrition education offered in medical schools. Another is…  read on >

Looking for a fresh way to top your burger, seafood and other proteins? Use hot peppers to create a zesty alternative to mayo or butter-based sauces. Homemade pepper-based salsas are a healthy and flavorful way to liven up all kinds of dishes. And using fruit, such as mango, adds sweetness and plenty of flavor to…  read on >

After vitamins and minerals, fish oil with its omega-3 fatty acids is the most widely used supplement, taken by an estimated 10% of Americans. So, when research reviews show that it doesn’t provide the health benefits for people with heart conditions that researchers thought it did, it’s hard to know what to do. One thing…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — A stomach ulcer is an open sore that develops on the lining of the stomach, says the National Health Service. The ulcer occurs when the layer protecting the stomach lining from stomach acid breaks down, damaging the lining. Signs of a stomach ulcer include: Pain. Indigestion. Heartburn. Loss of appetite. Feeling sick.…  read on >

Be careful about what medications you take before you get behind the wheel. Most drugs won’t affect your ability to drive, but some prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can cause side effects that make it unsafe to drive, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. Those side effects can include: sleepiness/drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, slowed…  read on >

Research continues to unlock the benefits of eating whole grains, already thought to promote better digestive health, along with being very filling. A review of 12 studies involving nearly 800,000 participants published in the journal Circulation found that eating three to four servings of whole grains every day can lower the death rate from many…  read on >

Turns out that the old adage — an apple a day keeps the doctor away — may actually be true. New research suggests that the more plant foods you eat, the lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. People who ate a mostly plant-based diet reduced their risk of diabetes by 23%, the study found.…  read on >