You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits
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Fruit is nature’s perfect sweet, and vegetables are the common denominator in any healthy eating pattern. Whether you reach for a piece of juicy summer fruit, a crisp green salad, or a savory stir-fry, not only are you delighting your taste buds, you are making better food choices that will
If you watch much television, you’ve no doubt wondered whether your brain might get a boost from a protein “originally found in jellyfish.” Touted as the top-selling supplement in the amorphous category of “brain health,” the jellyfish-protein pills are likened to supplements you may already be taking for your heart
So far, we’ve focused mostly on the big picture—dietary patterns that benefit your heart and brain, as well as foods that are the core components of these patterns. But, it’s also useful to know a little about specific nutrients—particularly those that many Americans may be lacking.
In general, according to
Nutrition scientists often differentiate between “energy-dense” and “nutrient-dense” foods. In terms of nutrition, “energy” equals calories, so foods that are energy-dense contain a lot of calories for the amount of food—sugar, for example, which packs 773 calories per cup. The same amount of a non-energy dense food like chopped carrots,
The variety and magnitude of green tea health benefits are stunning. Find out what makes green tea so amazing for health and learn how you can optimize green tea’s health benefits yourself.
Currently available medical treatments for age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease have had limited success. Adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle has been among the most consistent recommendations to maintain brain health over the long term. Some studies have linked an overall healthy dietary pattern to less chance of experiencing
IMPROVE YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION WITH YOGA
Yoga may be better than an aerobic workout in boosting brainpower, new research suggests. A small study comparing cognitive performance scores of 30 volunteers who en-gaged in both yoga and heart-pounding exercise revealed that engaging in yoga had a significantly greater effect on participants’ speed
The more scientists learn about the brain, the more it appears that brain aging is not inevitable. Cognitive de-cline—once thought to be a normal aspect of growing older—may, in fact, be the product of un-healthy lifestyle choices that can be avoided.
“In the past decade or so, research has identified a
Eating Processed Meats May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
A recent large study (European Journal of Cancer, February) links processed meat consumption to a greater risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. It has been known for some time that eating processed meats (those that are preserved by smoking, curing, salting, or