Is the slice of bacon on your BLT really as dangerous as smoking a cigarette? That was the implication of some of the scary headlines based on the World Health Organization’s recent report stating that processed meat is a carcinogen that raises the risk of colon, stomach, and other cancers.
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You’d need to review a lengthy list of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in a specific food to determine whether it qualifies as a superfood. That level of research simply wouldn’t be practical (or even possible) for most of us. Fortunately, there are plenty of clues that will help
The many health benefits of blueberries may surprise you: They have a positive effect on everything from your heart to your blood vessels to your brain. Let’s start with some blueberry basics: A one-cup serving of blueberries contains just 80 calories and 0.5 grams of fat while delivering almost 25
High-Intensity Exercise Can Safely Improve Bone Mineral Density
If you think you need to avoid certain types of exercise because you have low bone mass (osteopenia or osteoporosis), recent research findings may change your thinking. A study that was published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research showed that women
For people who are trying to lose weight or just eat more healthfully, a common question is how to handle hunger pangs between meals. Fortunately, there’s an easy answer: Choose healthy foods that promote satiety.
What’s In a Smart Snack?
Consider the three macronutrients—protein, fat, and carbohydrates—when choosing snack foods. Each of
The nutritional value of some of your favorite foods—like french fries, soda, and chips, for example—puts them into the category of junk foods to avoid. They’re filled with too much fat, salt, and/or sugar to be part of a healthy diet. Other foods, however, can straddle the line. If your
Q. I take fish oil for heart health, but some of what I read in the health press says fish oil doesn’t do much. Should I stop taking it?
A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers:
Q. Is it safe to drink one diet soda a day? My doctor says one should be fine, but I read a lot of bad things about diet beverages.
A. Diane McKay, PhD, an assistant professor at Tufts’ Friedman School and a scientist in the HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, answers: “Some
What can diabetics eat? That’s a natural question that people with diabetes may ask their doctors. With so many choices available to you, it’s only natural to wonder about which foods to avoid with diabetes. But a diabetes diet isn’t only about which, if any, types of foods are off
This medication will lower your LDL cholesterol. That drug may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Another one will reduce your triglycerides.
Whatever medications you see advertised on air or in print, they all have one thing in common: They should augment the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to manage