Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3
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Nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetables fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and more.
Scientists don’t know exactly what causes prostate cancer and there is no one known measure you can take to prevent prostate cancer. Researchers have studied certain preventive measures and determined they have the potential to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. They have evaluated other measures and found that the
Q: Does it matter when I eat fruit? Should I eat fresh fruit before lunch and before dinner or after lunch and after dinner?
A: Diane McKay, PhD, associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School, replies: “It looks like there is a common myth out there about the timing of fruit consumption.
When it comes to exercise, a new study says the prescription should be that more is better. For postmenopausal women, the benefits include weight loss and reduced belly fat and waist-to-hip ratio, which might possibly lead to greater protection against breast cancer.
Jennifer M. Sacheck, PhD, an associate professor in Tufts’
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
Some plant foods contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and healthy fats, along with a significant amount of protein. Studies suggest that adopting a plant-based diet lowers your risk of chronic disease and extends your life. Many health experts recommend including a few meatless meals that contain high-protein foods from plant
Less than half of Americans are aware that alcohol can be a cancer risk, according to a 2015 survey by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). Alcohol does increase the risk of at least six cancers, so limiting consumption is among the strategies that deserves a place in your
In 2013, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had both of her breasts removed after genetic testing indicated she was at increased risk of breast cancer. Her announcement came about five years after actress Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast. Media
Fruits provide slow-digesting carbs, various types of fiber, and a host of vitamins, including A, C, E, and K plus several B vitamins. Fruits also provide many important minerals, including calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper, along with a cornucopia of phytochemicals. Among plant foods, fruits are especially high in