The world’s love affair with chocolate has only grown over the years. We love it drizzled on ice cream, mixed with warm milk for a delicious beverage, or combined with nuts and caramel for a tempting treat. Chocolate remains one of our favorite indulgences; Americans eat around $18.27 billion worth
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
When we think of winter eating, we often think of warm roasts, stews, and other satisfying comfort foods. And what ingredients do many of these dishes share? Root vegetables. Readily available all winter, they are often staples of hearty winter cooking. They also happen to be jam-packed with healthy nutrients
Eating chocolate used to be considered unhealthy; but recent discoveries show dark chocolate isn’t unhealthy at all. In fact, chocolate benefits are so substantial it is being called the latest “brain food.”
Dark chocolate and cocoa benefits on cardiovascular health are quite significant indeed. Consuming cocoa in dark chocolate or cocoa powder is a powerful (and delightful) way to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and prediabetes.
Fruit and Vegetable Smarts
When your mom told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, she may not have known that those foods are good for your brain—but it was good advice in any case. We’ve seen how an overall healthy dietary pattern can help protect against dementia and cognitive decline.
Right Dietary Fats Reduce CVD Risk
Choosing the right types of fat can reduce risk of cardiovascular (CVD) and other chronic diseases, according to research. Findings confirmed it’s the type of fat, not total fat intake that is important in CVD risk. Several studies showed that partial replacement of saturated fat
The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”
The cocoa plant is named Theobroma, “food of the gods,” and rightfully so. Re-search reveals there’s health potential in cocoa beans, the bitter fruit that is the source of chocolate. Co-coa powder has been used medicinally for at least 500 years; perhaps it’s time you followed this health tradition in
If you’re one of the 13 million Americans who have survived a heart attack or have been diagnosed with heart disease, then take heart! You can take control of your heart health with the knowledge that certain foods have been shown to quell inflammation, which is the root cause of