The Chinese first used red yeast rice in the Tang Dynasty in 800 A.D. as an aid for stomach ailments, poor blood circulation and to improve spleen health. The supplements are sometimes referred to as Zhi Tai or Xue Zhi Kang…
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Study after study has provided evidence of the importance of vitamins in ensuring mental acuity, especially in older adults who may be affected by physiological changes that impair the body’s ability to metabolize these nutrients. A deficiency of certain key vitamins has been linked to cognitive decline in older people,
Q. Is the amount of arsenic in commonly sold rice in the US harmful to health? Would I be wise to stop eating rice entirely or limit the amount I eat? Is there more arsenic in white vs. brown rice?
A. Quentin Johnson, a consultant to Tufts’ Friedman School, answers: “Arsenic
The ancient Roman legions knew something that modern chefs are only now rediscovering: Farro, a form of wheat that originated in the Middle East’s Fertile Crescent thousands of years ago, offers nutrition enough to march on with a nutty taste and pleasantly chewy texture. As chic restaurants around the country
Not since the TV-cartoon heyday of Fred Flintsone’s “modern Stone Age family” have cavemen been so in vogue. The Paleo Diet, a book by Loren Cordain, PhD, has been a bestseller since it was first published in 2002, and it has spawned a pile of cookbooks and a glossy magazine
Uh-oh… you’re feeling those dread signs of a flu bug. Some of us, upon feeling that tickle deep in the throat, will opt for flu remedies involving a prescription for the anti-viral med Tamiflu, but is it really worth it? And is it more effective than home remedies for flu
Nutrition experts—including those advising this newsletter—have been preaching for years about the benefits of replacing refined grains in your diet with whole grains. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans echoed this advice, recommending limiting intake of refined grains and products made with refined grains and starches. People consuming a healthy
A New Way of Thinking About Diet
For the first time, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasize the importance of choosing healthy dietary patterns—not just individual foods or specific vitamins and minerals—to prevent chronic disease.
“Over the course of any given day, week, or year, individuals consume foods and beverages
The folklore. Amaranth, a less well-known grain than some of its cousins, has been steadily climbing out from obscurity and reclaiming its ancient glory. This native of Peru was as much a staple crop as corn to the pre-Colombian Aztecs, who used it both as food and in religious ceremonies.
Q. Is there a difference between whole grains and quick-cooking whole grains?
A. Eating whole grains, like oatmeal or brown rice, is good for your health but they can take a long time to prepare from scratch. The time it takes to cook whole grains, such as brown rice