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6. Meet the Macronutrients

Much of the debate in recent years about how best to feed your heart and brain has focused on “macronutrients”—proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These are the nutrients your body needs in the largest amounts to function properly. The macronutrients provide your body with energy in the form of calories. (Micronutrients,

10. Beverages with Benefits

Foods aren’t the only way to get important nutrients as you age—certain beverages also can contribute beneficial nutrients. You can think of these beverages as a form of “liquid plants,” since they are derived from plants and retain many of their sources’ healthy nutrients, especially the phytonutrients. The most convincing

8. Expand Your Protein Options

Despite what you might hear from food companies, most Americans get plenty of protein. The picture may be somewhat different for older individuals, however. An emerging scientific consensus says some older adults could benefit from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations. Evidence also is mounting that the

Ask the Doctor: Fish Oil Supplements; Getting Enough Calcium

Q: I don’t eat fish. Should I be taking a fish oil supplement?

A: Fish is rich in omega-3s—polyunsaturated (or “good”) fats. If you don’t eat fish, then it’s important to get your omega-3s elsewhere.

The three omega-3s are: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). DHA and EPA

The Healing Power of Plants

Chronic and low-level inflammation in the body has been linked to common health conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. The foods you eat can make a positive difference. Plants, in particular, can help protect cells and organs from overactive inflammatory damage.

“As it has been said, let food be

2. Protein-Rich Superfoods

Protein is an essential component of any healthy dietary pattern. Your body uses protein to build, maintain, and repair bones, muscles, and skin, and it’s a key ingredient in hemoglobin, a substance in blood that delivers oxygen throughout your body. Protein also provides the material to make enzymes, hormones, antibodies,

What’s the Healthiest Oil? The Winner Is…

What’s the Healthiest Oil? The Winner Is…

Liquid vegetables oils—for example, olive oil and soybean oil—are celebrated as healthy unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fatty acids, when substituted for saturated fats, support general heart health. But for cooking, baking, or dressing salads, what is the healthiest oil?

Many people would probably answer “olive oil.” This cornerstone of the Mediterranean

Ask Tufts Experts: More on A2 Milk, Carrageenan Safety, Flaxseeds.

Q: In the July issue you talked about A2 milk. Could you clarify if this product will help with my lactose intolerance?
A: John Leung, MD, an allergist, gastroenterologist, and director of the Center for Food Related Diseases at Tufts Medical Center, explains, “A2 milk is almost identical to the milk

Healthy Seafood Alternatives

Fish and shellfish are great sources of protein. They also are full of micronutrients, including vitamins A and B1, B2, B3 (thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin) and B12, calcium, potassium, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. But, if you’re one of the many people who don’t have a taste for seafood, don’t

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