You’ve likely heard of antioxidants, even if you’re not sure what they do. They’re frequently touted on food packages, such as nutrition bars and breakfast cereals, not to mention in promotions of the latest “superfoods” and a host of dietary supplements. The marketing of such products, however, is a bit
If you are serious about maintaining good health as you age, the recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans offer a blueprint for doing so via an eating pattern designed to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. All have been trending upwards in
If a little is good, most Americans are accustomed to thinking, more must be better and a lot must be better still. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, however, it is possible to get too much of a good thing—especially if some of your nutrients are coming from pills
You already know that fruits and vegetables are good for you—but did you know they might also be good for avoiding extra weight as you age? A new study analyzing data on 133,468 men and women over up to 24 years reports that eating more fruits and non-starchy vegetables is
Q. Because I’ve read about health benefits from green tea and coffee, I’ve taken to adding a teaspoonful of ground coffee beans and the contents of a green tea bag to my oatmeal. Is that equivalent to, or maybe even better than, drinking a cup of coffee and a cup
FDA Finalizes Sweeping Calorie-Count Rules
Ignorance may not be bliss, at least when it comes to calories, so the US Food and Drug Administration will soon require calorie counts for everything from chain restaurants to movie-theater popcorn to vending machines. The rules stemmed from the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care
Uptick Reported in Healthier Dietary Choices
Americans are eating healthier—resulting in an estimated 1.1 million fewer premature deaths since 1999—but still have a long way to go. That’s the conclusion of a study of national nutritional survey data on 33,885 US adults, published in the journal Health Affairs. Researchers found that
Does the glycemic index of the foods you eat matter? That’s the question raised by a headline-making new study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the OmniCarb study, which calls into question the notion of “good carbs” versus “bad carbs.” Some previous research—along with popular diet plans—suggested that it’s
Making healthy choices at fast-food restaurants remains a challenge, according to new Tufts research, but—contrary to some perceptions—it has not gotten worse. Levels of dangerous trans fats in fries have actually improved, while portion sizes, calories, sodium and saturated fat changed little between 1996 and 2013.
“There is a perception that
Take a look in your pantry. Do you see whole-grain pasta? Does the label on your bread say “100% whole wheat”? (Are you sure? Don’t be fooled by terms like “multigrain.”) Is your breakfast cereal made with whole grains?
“We are very fortunate these days—for almost any type of baked product