L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is a precursor to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin. A diet that’s deficient in tryptophan reduces serotonin production in the brain and can lead to depression, anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia, poor cognition, and other brain conditions. On the contrary, research shows that a high-tryptophan
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Not only can substitution save the day when you lack an ingredient called for in a recipe, but it also enables you to make a recipe better for you. That’s helpful whether you are trying to improve your overall eating pattern or are cooking for a specific health condition.
Sandwiches a Top Sodium Source
Dagwood Bumstead, the comic-strip character famed for his sandwiches, might want to check his blood pressure. A new analysis of national dietary data by USDA researchers reports that sandwiches account for one-fifth of average sodium intake, a key contributor to hypertension. Previous studies underestimated sandwich consumption
Making healthy choices at fast-food restaurants remains a challenge, according to new Tufts research, but—contrary to some perceptions—it has not gotten worse. Levels of dangerous trans fats in fries have actually improved, while portion sizes, calories, sodium and saturated fat changed little between 1996 and 2013.
“There is a perception that
FDA Updates Nutrition Labels
After a two-year review period, the US Food and Drug Administration formally adopted changes to the Nutrition Facts panels that appear on some 800,000 food products. The updated labels will be required on products by July 26, 2018, except for small producers who will get an extra
If you’re planning to join the holiday travel crush—or already looking ahead to 2016 vacations—there’s good news about your eating options en route. “I actually think that airport choices are beginning to improve a bit, both in terms of take-out and sit-down options,” says Jeanne Goldberg, PhD, professor at Tufts’
Newsbriefs: Cranberry Juice Benefits, Vitamin Supplements, Phosphorous Levels in Beverages, and a Citrus Study Linked to Skin Cancer
Cranberry Juice May Help Protect Your Health
Drinking cranberry juice may help lower the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, according to research published in the June 2015 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. The study participants drank either 16 ounces of low-calorie cranberry juice daily or
For many, summer is a wake-up call for shedding unwanted pounds. And buying a food scale is a smart first step.Portion Education. It’s easy to underestimate portion sizes, but a food scale reveals the undeniable truth about how much food you?re really putting on your plate. It also helps you