Tag: food groups

The Buzz About Nightshades

Vegetables from plants in the Solanaceae family (also called nightshades) have been getting a bad rap. Peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplants, and their botanical cousins are accused of harboring harmful compounds that aggravate arthritis pain and inflammation. Understanding what’s behind these assertions may help ease concerns.
A Dangerous Relative
Belladonna, or deadly

NewsBites: Macular Degeneration; Fried Foods & Death Risk; Weight Loss

Eating Fruits, Vegetables, and Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration
The American Journal of Ophthalmology recently published results from a cohort study which found that consumption of fish, fruit, and vegetables in amounts generally consistent with international recommendations for the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) was associated with

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

The Best Nutrition for Asthma and Lung Disorders

Asthma is a chronic disease in which a person’s airway and breathing are constricted due to inflammation in the lungs and increased mucus production. Well-known triggers for asthma include environmental inhalants (pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, and cockroach droppings), chemical irritants (fumes, gases, tobacco smoke), acid reflux, medications (aspirin and

Are Carbs the Enemy? Six Myths about Carbs

Everyone and their mom seem to have an opinion about carbohydrates. How much you should eat, when you should eat them, why you should never eat fruit after lunch—there is no shortage of advice regarding carbs and people ready to wage war on them. Does all this conflicting information leave

“Yo-Yo” Dieting May Be Bad for Your Heart

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 18, 2018) indicate that just over 40 percent of seniors had tried to lose weight in the previous 12 months. This likely reflects the fact that about the same percentage of older Americans are obese:

Should You Try the Alkaline Diet?

Should You Try the Alkaline Diet?

If you’re looking for just the right diet plan for your health, you might consider the alkaline diet. It’s based on the theory that some popular foods—including meat, dairy products, eggs, grains, and processed foods—cause your body to produce more acid. The aim of the alkaline diet is to avoid foods

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Nutrition experts stress the importance of overall “diet quality” as opposed to demonizing and avoiding particular foods or even entire food groups. “Quality” means that what you eat provides the energy and essential nutrients you need for an active, healthy life. All sources of protein, for example, are not created

Healthiest Fruits: Which Ones Fit Your Nutritional Needs?

Healthiest Fruits: Which Ones Fit Your Nutritional Needs?

The most basic mission for any healthy eating plan, experts often say, is to incorporate into your diet a variety of foods taken from nature. And fruit certainly makes the cut. If you don’t have diabetes or blood sugar problems, about one-quarter of your meal can be comprised of fruits.

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