Allergy sufferers have long faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamine medications: sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies or take antihistamines and live in a fog instead. Antihistamines stop allergy symptoms by reducing or blocking histamines—chemicals the body releases in response to an allergic trigger. Histamines cause the
Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems
Nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetables fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and more.
When the last strains of “Auld Lang Syne” have faded, the football bowl games have whistled to a close and the holiday decorations have been boxed away, New Year’s resolutions begin in earnest. Increasingly, the trendy way to begin the year on a healthy note involves ridding the body of
When we think of winter eating, we often think of warm roasts, stews, and other satisfying comfort foods. And what ingredients do many of these dishes share? Root vegetables. Readily available all winter, they are often staples of hearty winter cooking. They also happen to be jam-packed with healthy nutrients
The folklore. A mainstay in Chinese stir fry, key ingredient in Korean kimchi, and subtle flavor in a steaming bowl of Japanese miso soup, bok choy (or Chinese cabbage) dates back to Egyptian times. This cabbage didn’t reach China until about 500 AD, when the ancient Chinese enjoyed this leafy
Q: What’s better, chocolate or carob?
A: Chocolate, once frowned upon by health advocates, has been given a second chance, since studies reveal the benefits of eating dark chocolate (see the EN February 2014 article Dark Chocolate for Your Heart.) When experts tout the healthy attributes of chocolate, they’re talking about
Vegetables have always had a reputation for being healthy, and research continues to support that a vegetable-rich diet is a winning approach to optimal health and disease protection. The edible roots, leaves, stems, buds, flowers, and flesh from plants fall under the broad category of vegetables. According to botanical classifications,
The folklore. Preceded by a less than delicious reputation, Brussels sprouts have been famously refused by children and labeled as smelling of sulphur. Even ancient folklore says the very first sprouts grew from bitter tears. Brussels sprouts were first cultivated near Brussels, Belgium in the thirteenth century. Belgian folklore has
Eat More Broccoli—It’s Good for You!
Broccoli and other vegetables in the Brassica family, such as kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage, contain phenolic compounds, which are linked to a lower risk of several types of cancer, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and asthma. These compounds contain certain flavonoids—groups of antioxidant