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Ask the Expert: Nightshade Vegetables; Kidney Stones

Q: I think I might be allergic to nightshade vegetables. What are the symptoms?

A: It’s rare but not impossible to have an allergy to edible nightshades. It’s more common to have an intolerance to them.

Nightshade vegetables—which include bell peppers, cayenne or chili peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, and goji berries—gained their

Saturated Fat & Trans Fat: Limit Them For Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Saturated Fat & Trans Fat: Limit Them For Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Fats were once considered the bane of healthful diets. To stay healthy or lose weight, you needed to follow a low-fat eating plan. Indeed, saturated fat and trans fat have remained dietary pariahs, primarily because of their negative effects on cholesterol.

But, there’s no need to be completely fat-phobic. Not all

3. Key Components of Healthy Dietary Patterns

The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
These dietary plans might have different names, but they share many common traits—namely, they emphasize consumption of a variety of foods from plants, lean protein sources (from plants

2. The Building Blocks of a Heart-Healthy Diet

Your heart, brain, blood vessels, and the rest of your body rely on a healthy diet as fuel for functioning, and if you’re eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the nutritious ones you need, you (and your cardiovascular system) may suffer.
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary

1. The Heart of the Matter

To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):

Cardiovascular

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

Despite all the hype about “low-carb” diets, many people have an incomplete understanding of carbohydrates. It helps to look at a Nutrition Facts label, which lists quantities per serving of total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. The amount of starch isn’t listed, but that’s the third component of carbohydrates: Subtract

Personalized Nutrition

There is evidence that people respond differently to foods or nutrients depending on genetics and other factors, such as the make-up of their gut microbiome. While dietary guidance, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is designed as a public health tool to impact the health of the population as

Avoid These High-Sodium Foods

It’s easy to consume too much sodium, since it’s in many foods you might not expect. Even if you don’t add salt to your meals, your sodium intake can be over the limit. The American Heart Association publicizes a list of foods highest in sodium that it calls the “Salty

Why the Low-Fat Diet Failed

In the 1980s and 1990s, Americans were told that eating less fat would reduce risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity. Why didn’t it work? Essentially, reducing total fat led to intake of more refined carbohydrates and less healthy fats, and both of these changes had negative health impacts.

Evolving Guidelines: Dietary

Ask the Doctor: Mold-Free Foods; Low-Salt Alternatives

Q: I’m allergic to mold. Which foods should I avoid and which should I eat?

A: If you’ve been diagnosed with a foodborne mold allergy—a form of fungi—then work with your health-care provider to develop a healthier dietary plan. You also may want to test eliminating specific foods, to see if

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