The Folklore. The kombucha craze is on! Cravings for this tangy, gut-healthy brew are rising with the verve of its natural fizz. Kombucha, with its myriad flavors, is not only lining retail shelves on its own, this tea concoction is on trend blended into coffee, cocktails, juices, and even cupcake
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Q: Can one eat ground flax seed and/or walnuts instead of fish for good heart health?
A: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Fish and shellfish contain the long-chain
Healthy bone is a balancing act. Our bodies continually remove older bone and replace it with new. As adults, if we lose bone at too fast a rate, replace it at too slow a rate, or both, the result is osteoporosis—weak, porous bones that fracture easily. The National Osteoporosis Foundation
Macronutrients. Micronutrients. Plant foods. Animal foods. What matters most is that you understand how to use them to lay the groundwork for healthy eating. In that respect, think of them as bricks in the road leading you to a potentially life-changing destination: a heart-healthy dietary pattern.
Focus more on your overall
Q: What are the pros and cons of different cooking oils?
A: Dongwan Zhu, a dietetic intern at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers: “When it comes to choosing cooking oils, there are many different options. Here are the pros and cons of four popular cooking oils:
“Soybean oil is high in
You may be surprised to learn that kale and broccoli are cousins. They are part of the Brassica family, also known as cruciferous vegetables because their flower petals form the shape of a cross (cruciferae is Latin for “cross-bearing”). Many other popular vegetables come from this family as well, including
Q: I’ve hear that Natto is good for preventing blood clots. Could you please comment on the benefits, if any, of these Japanese fermented beans?
A: Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter answers: “There is not enough information to know conclusively if eating natto,
It’s time to talk about constipation. Infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools is extremely common, particularly for older adults. Chronic constipation affects up to 40 percent of adults over age 60 and, in a 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, older adults reported this ongoing condition
Dietary guidelines from governments and health organizations around the world agree: a healthy dietary pattern includes around two servings of fish a week. Most American adults get less than the recommended eight ounces per week. What makes fish such an important part of a healthy diet, and what are the
Most health experts agree that prioritizing whole grains is a key element of a healthy dietary pattern. Aim for at least three servings of whole grains each day. One serving of whole grains is equivalent to 16 grams (a little more than half an ounce). While it’s easy to see