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Falling for Japanese Fermented Foods

The origin of fermenting foods in Japan can be traced to China, circa 300 B.C., with the making of koji, a mash of grains fermented with Aspergillus oryzae, which is used to ferment other foods. The early Chinese recipe was brought to Japan by a Zen priest, who added soy.

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

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

Prebiotics, to Feed Your Good Bacteria

From yogurt to kombucha to supplements, probiotics appear to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, literally and figuratively. Probiotics are live bacteria and are believed to have properties that improve digestive health. Lactobacillus found in yogurt and other fermented foods is just one example. Though the National Center for

8. Dairy

Shift to Nutrient-Rich Dairy
According to the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, most people in the U.S. would do well to increase their intake of nutrient-dense dairy products, such as low-fat milk and plain yogurt. These nutrient-rich dairy foods are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals that Americans tend to fall

The Pros and Cons of Probiotics

Probiotics are live micro­organisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. They are believed to benefit digestive health by increasing the population of good bacteria in the intestines, which prevents “bad” bacteria (for example, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli) from causing illness.
Yogurt and kefir (a drink made from

Lose Weight Well: Start with These Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Lose Weight Well: Start with These Healthy Weight Loss Tips

My goal as a doctor is to help my patients become healthy and stay that way. For many patients, that involves losing weight. Educating my patients about the real underlying causes of weight gain, teaching them about nutrition, and working with them to lose weight—focusing on healthy weight loss—is one

5 Foods to Help Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is a term that’s commonly used but poorly grasped. “Think of inflammation as irritating chemicals that are released by your immune cells, producing swelling, redness, and pain,” says Susan Blum, MD, MPH, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan (Scribner, 2013). “When the immune system is triggered to release

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