The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that healthy carbohydrates—which include fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains—make up between 45 and 65 percent of adults’ daily diet. And a recent study conducted in China and released in March 2019 by the American College of Cardiology suggests that people who consumed … Read More
Q. I’ve heard that barley water can cure eczema. Is this true?A: Barley, wheat, and rye naturally contain azelaic acid, which has both antimicrobial (which kills organisms or stops their growth) and anti-inflammatory (which reduces swelling) properties.
Azelaic acid is used as an exfoliator and cleanser to wash the skin, and … Read More
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on March 19, 2019, made headlines with its finding that consuming two eggs a day was associated with a 27 percent increased risk of developing heart disease. This contradicted the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which states there is … Read More
Like nuts, seeds have enjoyed a recent reputation makeover from snacking indulgence to nutritional “superfood.” Seeds contain a dense mix of nutrients and healthy fats to feed young plants when they germinate. We eat many foods that are technically seeds—legumes, nuts, grains—but the seeds now in the spotlight are familiar … Read More
Summer brings a season of outdoor cooking. But traditional barbecue fare—hamburgers, hot dogs, and ribs—isn’t healthy. Plus, grilled food is subject to health risks from heat and smoke. Before you fire up the barbecue, take proper precautions for safe and delicious summer meals that are good for you, too.
Food is important for your body’s growth and development, but certain foods also play a role in reducing your risk and symptoms of inflammatory diseases. Here are some common illnesses and how you can help ease symptoms by watching what you eat.
Osteoarthritis. This affects the joints—especially knees, hips, and hands—of … Read More
Metabolism naturally slows down with age, resulting in increased body weight and decreased energy. But, no matter how old you are, what you eat and drink can significantly influence weight, emotions, physical wellbeing, and mental clarity. Smart choices support mental and physical energy levels, increasing your zest for life. While … Read More
Water is essential to many bodily functions, including transporting food, keeping tissues moist, lubricating joints, and enabling the kidneys to remove waste products. Older adults are prone to underhydration and dehydration, due in part to waning thirst signals. In some cases, diuretics and laxatives used to treat health conditions may … Read More
Some things are clear: Refined sugar is bad for you and broccoli is good. Eggs, however, are more complicated. A study published this year in JAMA has reignited a long-running debate, declaring that egg consumption significantly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and all-cause mortality.
The Fall … Read More
Q: What is the most recent thinking on biotin?A: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Biotin is a member of the B vitamin family that receives relatively little attention. … Read More