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Since 2006, Guiding Stars has been making nutrition as easy as 1, 2, 3. We analyze foods using a patented algorithm and translate the nutrition information to a rating system that is easy to understand.


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Cut the Sugar, Not the Flavor

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Overnight oatmeal is a piece of cake, and oatmeal is a great food to include in a heart-healthy diet. The only thing to watch out for is added sugar: many of us like our oatmeal covered in sugar. This recipe uses carrots and raisins and spice to minimize the need for sugar while keeping the flavor and texture high. It does include maple syrup, but you can leave the maple syrup out without hurting the flavor if you want to balance the nutrition a bit better.

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Behind the Changing Stars

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Watch Allison Stowell and Kit Broihier discuss the upcoming changes for our algorithm in the recording of this free, 30-minute webinar.

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Go Fishing for Heart Health

Coconut Chile Fish Curry

Fish is packed with nutrients that are good for your overall health, and its high content of omega-3 fatty acids makes it a good ally in maintaining a healthy heart. Cutting down on salt is also generally smart for hearth health, and when you're cooking spice-filled curries, you don't need a lot of salt to get a lot of flavor.

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Move for Your Heart

We know that exercise is important. The far-reaching benefits include helping to maintain an ideal body weight, reducing stress, preventing injury, boosting bone health and, of course, keeping our heart (our most important muscle) strong and healthy. It’s this last benefit that most of us assume we are experiencing, but are we? Do we really know how to move for our heart?

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Our Algorithm Has Changed!

On February 1st we updated our algorithm. Foods with DHA/EPA and omega-3 fatty acids will now receive credits. Foods with artificial colors and dyes will now receive debits. The % DV for vitamins, minerals and fiber has been updated to align with the FDA's latest Dietary Reference Intakes.

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