Tag: flavanols

Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Memory and Mood Improvement

Chocolate Benefits for Your Brain: Memory and Mood Improvement

Eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body. Studies examining the health benefits of chocolate continue to reveal new and exciting chocolate benefits, particularly in the realms of cognitive function, mood, and

Ask Tufts Experts: Prostate Cancer; Flavanol Sources; Complementary Proteins

Q: Does taking omega-3 fish oil help reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer?

A: Melissa Townsend, a Frances Stern Nutrition Center Dietetic Intern at Tufts Medical Center, answers: “Research has traditionally shown that omega-3 fatty acids are integral to anti-inflammatory processes that support cardiovascular health, brain health, growth, and development.

Should You Show Your Love with (Chocolate) Flavonoids?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many of us will say, “I love you!” with the classic gift of chocolate. Ever since scientists discovered that cocoa beans contain potentially health-promoting biologically active compounds, chocolate treats have taken on a healthy halo. February seems like the perfect time to

4. Brain Food

The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in

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

Ask Tufts Experts: Roasted Nuts; Calorie Content; Chocolate

Q. What are the nutritional differences between raw and roasted nuts?

A. “When one looks at the nutrients gram for gram, raw and roasted nuts are essentially equivalent,” says Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, senior research dietitian in the Metabolic Research Unit at Tufts’ Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on

The Quintessential Quince

The Folklore
It may take more than a quick glance to identify a quince. Yellow-gold, roundish-oblong, this fruit seems a lumpy indecision between an apple and a pear. Yet, its history is far more decisive. The quince is thought to predate the apple, making it possibly the fruit that tempted Eve

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