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5 Healthy Comfort Foods: Make These Root Vegetables Part of the Mix

5 Healthy Comfort Foods: Make These Root Vegetables Part of the Mix

When we think of healthy comfort foods, we often think of warm roasts, stews, and other satisfying dishes—the types of foods that typically fill our tables as part of our Thanksgiving feasts. And what ingredients do many of these dishes share? Root vegetables, which happen to be jam-packed with healthy

Pumpkin Health Benefits: Here’s How This Fall Favorite Helps

Pumpkin Health Benefits: Here’s How This Fall Favorite Helps

It’s that time of year again: Leaves are falling, the weather is getting cooler, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Pumpkins are a hallmark icon for autumn, but this fall staple offers more than just a festive decoration and flavor. Learn more about why the pumpkin health benefits that

Sweet Potatoes vs. Potatoes: Which Are Healthier?

Sweet Potatoes vs. Potatoes: Which Are Healthier?

Known as America’s favorite vegetable, potatoes are beloved for their versatility, their compatibility with other foods, and their ability to be transformed into two of America’s favorite junk foods. And although sweet potatoes aren’t as popular, they’re perceived to be a healthier alternative to white potatoes because of their lower

12 Fall Foods That Benefit Your Health, Inside and Out

12 Fall Foods That Benefit Your Health, Inside and Out

As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp and cool, some of Mother Nature’s most flavorful and colorful fruits and vegetables start to reach their peak. And even though technological advances allow us access to fall foods year-round, nothing beats the texture and flavor of these gems when

Top Essential Oils for Skin

Top Essential Oils for Skin

It can be daunting to find the best essential oils for skin care when you consider that there are at least 90 essential oils with over 1,500 combinations that can be recommended for dermatological use. It could literally take years of mixing and matching oils to find the perfect combination

Ask Tufts Experts: French Fries; Lemon Water; Cooking Oil Safety

Q: Potatoes are a vegetable, so why aren’t French fries good for you? Are the nutrients destroyed in the frying process?

A: “A medium baked potato (with skin) is a good source of potassium, vitamins C and B6, and fiber. But potatoes don’t contain other nutrients, such as the carotenoids and phytochemicals

Should You Go Organic?

Organic food is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. It is produced using methods that are different from those used in conventional farming, and that’s a strong incentive for people who want to avoid dietary exposure to pesticides, and consume meat and eggs that come from humanely farmed livestock.

3. The Foods You Need

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,

Are Frozen Vegetables Healthy?

Are Frozen Vegetables Healthy?

With fresh-picked local produce, the snap peas still have their snap, the cauliflower keeps its crunch, and mushrooms aren’t mushy. But when the freshest vegetables are unavailable or unaffordable, frozen produce is a viable option. For consumers, it often brings up a natural question: Are frozen vegetables healthy?

The short answer:

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