The nutritional value of some of your favorite foods—like French fries, soda, and chips, for example—puts them into the category of junk foods to avoid. They’re filled with too much fat, salt, and/or sugar to be part of a healthy diet. Other foods, however, can straddle the line a bit.
Vegetables have always had a reputation for boosting our health. Research continues to support the long-held standard that a vegetable-rich diet is a key part of any complete nutrition plan—and a winning approach to optimal health and disease protection.
Research suggests that a vegetable-rich diet can lower your risk of certain
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3
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
Eat Better, Save Money
A common misconception about trying to eat food that is more nutritious is that improving your diet has to cost more. “Healthy food is not necessarily expensive,” says Parke Wilde, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School who previously worked for the USDA’s Economic Research Service.
What You Eat and When
Choosing what to eat is an important part of your day. The choices you make day in and day out comprise your eating pattern, and studies show that eating patterns can have a significant impact on health. If you’re accustomed to eating most of your meals
Nutrition Gives You an Edge
Healthy eating habits can help keep you energized and ready to be active. What, when, and how much you eat can greatly affect your ability to perform different physical activities, not to mention your ability to maintain good health. The composition of your meals and snacks,
Have you ever looked at a “sell by” or “best if used by” date on a food container, checked the calendar, and thrown out something because it had “expired”? You’re part of a $165 billion a year problem. About 40% of America’s food gets wasted, much of it because of
There’s good news at your local grocery store. “You should walk into a supermarket with a very positive attitude,” says Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and executive editor of the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter. “The availability of healthy and affordable foods has greatly
Bugs Bunny, always depicted munching on a carrot, may have been onto something. Researchers have found that carrot consumption not only helps insure an adequate intake of a variety of important nutrients and fiber, but may also reduce your risk of chronic disease.
“Carrots are so much a part of our