• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

December 29, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIESYellow fish oil supplements
Supplements: Nutrition in a pill
Before taking vitamin and mineral supplements, understand what they will and won't do for you.

Managing your cholesterol
From fitting in fitness and eating well to choosing medication, learn how to keep your cholesterol in check.

EXPERT ANSWERSbunch of healing coneflowers and sack with dried echinacea flowers on wooden plank, herbal medicine
Echinacea: Is it effective for the common cold?
Echinacea may slightly reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms, but the effect may be too minor to notice.

Can you outgrow food allergies?
Learn which food allergies are more likely to fade with age and which tend to persist into adulthood.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Slide show: Guide to portion control for weight loss
Mumps
Positive thinking: Stop negative self-talk to reduce stress
Chickenpox

HEALTHY RECIPES
Warm chocolate souffles
Fresh tomato soup with crispy herb toasts
Sauteed zucchini coins
Fettuccine with clams, basil, tomato, corn and garlic

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Want healthier recipes? Swap ingredients!
A simple switch of ingredients can turn fatty family favorites into healthy dishes. Substitute turkey bacon or lean prosciutto for bacon. Replace sour cream with fat-free plain yogurt. Try lean ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef. And use applesauce or prune puree for half of the called-for butter, shortening or oil in baked goods.

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Nutrition-wise: Weight gain: Inevitable as you age?
Weight gain doesn't happen automatically with age. A range of lifestyle choices — not just total calories — influence how much you gain as you get older.

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