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Newsbriefs: Vitamin D; Whole Grains; Mediterranean Diet

The Many Charms of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D has been known to help build strong bones, as well as benefiting the cardiovascular and immune systems. Now, a new study from the University of Birmingham, UK, has shown that vitamin D impacts muscle strength as well. Vitamin D is inactive until activated

8. Understanding Fats

Complex Chemistry
Making smart choices about fats and oils is not as simple as proponents of this product or that fad diet would have you believe. Common vegetable oils, as well as animal fats, such as butter, lard, and the fats in meat and dairy, contain a mix of different types

3. Fruits and Vegetables

Color Your Plate
The quickest way to an appetizing, nutritious, and satisfying meal is including plenty of vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables (produce). Both the government’s MyPlate guide and Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults advise filling half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. These plant foods provide fiber and an

Prebiotic Fiber Supports a Healthy Gut

Nutrition experts often recommend getting more fiber in your diet—but not all fiber is the same. Research suggests that prebiotic fiber can have a significant impact on your health. Prebiotic fiber is dietary fiber that does not get broken down in your small intestine; instead, it is fermented and “fed

Gut Check

Your gut is teeming with microscopic organisms that play a huge role in your health. “By cell number, we are more microbial than we are human,” says Justin L. Sonnenburg, PhD, a leading gut microbiota expert and associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Sonnenburg explains that we

High-Fiber Diet May Reduce Food Allergies

Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from food allergies, with tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, and wheat among the biggest culprits. Symptoms range from relatively mild, such as hives, diarrhea, or a tingling in the mouth, to potentially life threatening, such as shortness of breath, swallowing difficulty, or a

Feed Your Gut With Fiber

Dietary fiber is good for us, but prebiotic fiber has extra benefits. Prebiotic fiber is dietary fiber that escapes digestion in our small intestine but is fermented by “good” bacteria in our large intestine.

By nourishing beneficial bacteria, prebiotics can shift the balance of your gut’s community of bacteria and other

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