What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward
Health experts have varying opinions on how much protein needs to be consumed for optimum health. However, one thing they all agree on is that eating protein every day is a dietary essential.
One primary function of protein is that it contributes to lean muscle mass. As you get older, your
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the current food labels for two years, and is now ready to debut the results. They feel the new labels will better inform and guide America’s food choices. The deadline for switching over to the new label is July 2018, although some manufacturers
Q. Are corn tortillas considered whole grain?
A. Nicola McKeown, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School, responds: “As a reminder, a whole grain is defined as one that has all three original parts—bran, germ and endosperm—in the same relative proportions as the original grain. For a corn tortilla to
After kicking cancer, you might worry it will return. That’s understandable. Cancer survivors are at significantly higher risk for cancer recurrence and for developing new cancers. But, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it. Although many factors affect cancer risk and survival, following a healthy diet and
It’s all too common for people to go on weight loss diets but give up because their appetite is surging. Sadly, many people regain much of the weight they’ve worked so hard to lose. It may not be due to weak willpower, though. Rather, your body may be producing powerful
The Folklore. The dill pickle may be its claim to fame, but dill weed’s historical, culinary, and medicinal roles may steal the spotlight for this sprite-sized herb. This native to the Mediterranean region made its first mark as a medicinal herb about 5,000 years ago. Ancient Greeks covered soldiers’ wounds
The USDA recommends adults aim for up to 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruits every day, but most of us aren’t eating even half that amount. To increase intake, experts recommend we not only seek out the freshest produce, but also stock our freezers and pantries with
Ideally, smoothies make a perfect meal to start your day or fuel your afternoon snack. Fruit and veggies blended with yogurt or milk is a great way to boost your vitamin, mineral, fiber, antioxidant, and protein intake, right? Sadly, not all smoothies from restaurants are healthful; many are loaded with
Q. A friend thinks focusing on diet is enough to lose weight, but I say you need to combine diet and exercise—which of us is right?
A. Portion-control can help you lose weight by reducing your calorie intake, and exercise does so by helping you burn off calories. But both approaches