In October of 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research organization within the World Health Organization (WHO), released a report linking processed meat to an increased risk of cancer. The IARC estimated that every 50-gram (1.8-ounce) portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of
Microbes—bacteria and other tiny critters not visible to the naked eye but numbering in the trillions—are busy in your body. Many of these microbes benefit you. Others have the potential to cause harm. This community of microbes is called the microbiota. Their genes are called the microbiome.
“In recent years, we’ve
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.
Q: Will apple cider vinegar really improve blood pressure?
A: Jennifer Mayer, a dietetic intern at Tufts’ Frances Stern Nutrition Center, replies: “Using apple cider vinegar for medical purposes dates as far back as Hippocrates’ time. Back then people used it for antibacterial or antifungal reasons, but nowadays some claim that
There is plenty of room in your healthy eating plan for foods that are truly pleasing to your palate. Fish, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are even tastier with flavorful additions of healthy fats, herbs, and spices. Your dietary plan can even include dark chocolate. There’s no
A teeming environment of microorganisms known as the gut microbiota lives in your gastrointestinal tract, providing many functions, including digesting food, fighting harmful microorganisms, and supporting immune function. Probiotics are organisms that foster the gut microbiota—but you don’t have to rely only on supplements to get a dose; fermented foods, such
Humans have been processing food since the dawn of time. From sun-drying, salting, and fermenting, to the invention of canning, pasteurizing, and freezing, processing helped alleviate food shortages, malnutrition, and the incidence of food-borne illnesses. Today, food processing allows us to have a consistent, convenient, safe, and tasty diet year-round,
Pickling is more popular than ever, and for good reason—this traditional food preservation method is a fun way to extend the harvest and promote good health. Pickling has a long history in many cuisines, and with time and attention you can create a safe product that’s healthier and more delicious
The new frontier in medicine is all about the gut-brain connection; probiotics and other treatments that target gut health play an incredibly important role in both brain health and mood.