Tag: fiber

Building a Better Sandwich

Sandwiches…harmless, right? A couple of slices of bread filled with a bit of lean meat and maybe some veggies. Sure, if you make them at home, sandwiches can make a great light lunch or dinner entree. But picking up a deli-style sandwich at a restaurant is another story. Those sandwiches

Whole Grains: Putting Flavor First

One of the first things that comes to mind when you think about whole grains is how healthy they are. But even when nutrition and health are priorities, we eat with our eyes and eat to satisfy our taste buds. Yes, they are nutritious, but whole grains are also beautiful

Ask Dr. Etingin: Stopping Diarrhea; Acid Reflux

Q. Can you give me any information about what stops diarrhea, especially when you don’t know what is causing it? Are there any sure-fire cures?
A. As you suggest, what stops diarrhea often depends on what’s causing the problem. A variety of medications, including antibiotics, certain cancer drugs, and antacids with

Select the Best Nuts and Seed Butters

Nut and seed butters naturally contain healthful, unsaturated fats that can help reduce the risk of several health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Nuts, seeds, and legumes, such as peanuts and soybeans, are also good sources of protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. However, some products also contain partially

Ulcerative Colitis: Avoid Certain Foods During Flare-Ups

People with the digestive disease ulcerative colitis (UC) have learned the hard way that eating certain foods can make symptoms worse.
“What you eat directly affects gut inflammation, your immune system, and your gut bacteria,” says Colleen Webb, RDN, a dietitian at Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Seeds are Rich in Healthy Fat and Fiber

Although seeds may be small in size, they are big in nutrition. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the

Q&A: Lectins; Omega-3s; Carrots

Q. What are lectins, and should we avoid beans, seeds and grains since they contain lectins?
A. George S. Ellmore, PhD, an associate professor in the department of biology at Tufts University, responds: “A lawyer might answer this question with, ‘It depends.’ Lectins are proteins from plants used to store nitrogen

Coming to Labels: Added Sugars

Last May, the FDA unveiled an updated Nutrition Facts label, which is required on packaged foods by July 2018 (small companies get an extra year). A big change to the label is listing the amount of “Added Sugars.” Those are sugars added by manufacturers. Although you should consider several aspects

Nourishing Your Microbiota

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

Enjoy Hunger-Busting Beans and Peas

If you feel a meal isn’t complete without meat, try substituting legumes (beans and peas). New research from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark found legumes satisfied hunger just as well as a meat-based meal. “Legumes are a great source of fiber and protein, plus they generally have less environmental

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