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7. Rethinking Protein Needs

You Might Need More
Most Americans get plenty of protein, despite the marketing hype suggesting otherwise, but an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may need even more. Evidence also is mounting that the timing of older adults’ protein consumption may be important; the traditional, protein-heavy dinner might need to give

Q&A: Grilling and Cancer Risk; Grains and Seeds; Counting Carbs

Q. Is it safest to avoid grilling foods because of increased risk of colon cancer?
A. Joel B. Mason, MD, Tufts professor of medicine and nutrition, answers, “Although the existing evidence falls short of being ‘proof positive,’ scientific studies continue to be published on a regular basis that suggest that regular

6. Protein

The Nuts and Bolts of Protein
Protein is an integral part of the human body. Not only is it essential for forming muscles, bones, skin, and hair, but it also is a component of every cell in your body. It may help to think of protein as a structure made up

Think Twice Before Giving Up Grains

You’ve likely noticed the proliferation of books, websites, and specialty foods aimed at helping people avoid gluten-containing grains—and all other grains, too. While a small group of scientists, medical professionals, and bloggers are leading the charge for grain-free diets—declaring grains a mismatch based on human evolution—the majority of experts believe

Bowel Cancer Risk Reduced through 5 Healthy Behaviors

Colon cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer for Americans: 150,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, and 50,000 die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. That said, it also is one of the more treatable cancers, with a five-year survival rate of 90 percent

Newsbriefs: Omega-3s; Fiber; Oats

Omega-3s decrease risk of heart disease.
Increasing your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, found in seafood and fish oil, flaxseed, vegetable oils, and some nuts, will decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to a recent study by Penn State nutritionists. Omega-3 fatty acids derived from seafood contain heart-healthy eicosapentaenoic

Fill Your Nutrient Shortfall

When scientists observe that lots of people within our population don’t meet their needs for particular nutrients, they are dubbed “shortfall nutrients.” Here are four essential nutrients most likely to be insufficient in your diet, based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, and simple strategies on how to

Fight Cancer with 5 Smart Food Choices

According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. Lifestyle choices are directly linked to one-third of all cancers: excess weight, low intake of fruits and vegetables, lack of physical activity, and tobacco and alcohol use.
“Reducing your intake of certain food groups while increasing your

Fiber-Rich Plant Foods Aid in Colon Cancer Prevention

Eating enough fiber has been linked with cancer prevention in many studies, but the most convincing evidence is for the role fiber plays in colon health. Fiber most clearly protects against colorectal cancer—in one study, the participants’ risk of colorectal cancer dropped 10 percent for each 10-gram increase in the

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