Tag: vegetables

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

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.

Newsbriefs: Mediterranean Diet; Vitamin D; Mercury

Mediterranean Diet May Ease Depression
Following a Mediterranean-style diet may help treat major depression, according to a study published Jan. 30, 2017 in BMC Medicine. In the three-month study, adults with major depressive disorder were randomly assigned to receive either social support (which involved weekly visits from researchers) or support from

If You Grow It, You Will Eat It

As the warm weather approaches, it’s time to spend more time in your garden—an activity that can reap rewards beyond fresh air and exercise. A new study, which included more than 1,300 college students, found that those who gardened currently and in childhood consumed about one-half cup more fruits and

Pesticides Deter Produce Purchases

Negative attitudes about fruits and vegetables grown with the use of pesticides results in a lower likelihood that low-income shoppers will purchase any fruits and vegetables, researchers found. Surveys from more than 500 low-income shoppers that revealed their attitudes about organic and conventional fruits and vegetables showed a general preference

Eat Your Way to Better Skin

You know the age-old saying: you are what you eat—and if we’re talking about complexion, the path to youthful looking skin might be through your stomach. Scientists are uncovering a number of nutrients found in certain foods that can help lessen the signs of aging skin, including wrinkles and dryness.

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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

6 Strategies for Better Blood Sugar After Meals

Controlling type 2 diabetes requires spot-checking blood sugar, including after you eat. “The highest blood sugars of the day tend to be after meals,” says Richard Siegel, MD, an endocrinologist and co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center. Blood sugar spikes—temporary high readings—after meals can be

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

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