6 Healthy Burger Alternatives You've Got to Try

Find out how to make a healthier burger with these patty swaps.

6 Healthy Burger Alternatives You've Got to Try

When most of us think of burgers, a beef patty comes to find. But thanks to the high saturated fat content, beef is taking a major backseat in the burger world. These days, there are countless healthy alternatives that will still give you the burger you crave, without the unwelcomed guilt and calories. Here are six of our favorite picks. Bon appétit!

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Bison Burger

Compared to beef, bison has 25% less calories and almost ½ the saturated fat and total fat, making it an excellent choice for meat-lovers who are eating healthy. In terms of protein, bison has 26 grams and beef has 25 so it’s a winner across the board. Once you load it up with different toppings, you can’t even make out the difference because it tastes so similar to a typical hamburger.

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Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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