Tag: obesity and diabetes

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits

Is Pasta Bad for You?

Is Pasta Bad for You?

Pasta is one of the most beloved comfort foods on the planet, and the leading market, perhaps not surprisingly, is the United States. The average American eats nearly 20 pounds of pasta every year—which amounts to 2.7 million tons consumed annually in the U.S., according to the International Pasta Organization.

The Gut Microbiota

The gut microbiota—a community of trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the human digestive tract—may have a powerful impact on human health. The study of the microbiota (or microbiome) is a major frontier in nutrition research, as scientists work to understand how these organisms interact with our

Leptin Discovery

More than 20 years after the discovery of the so-called “obesity hormone” leptin, a team at Tufts may have at last found this important compound’s target in the brain. In the 1960s, researchers made a surprising discovery: There was a biological mechanism behind the ravenous appetites of obese mice. Labs

8. Optimizing Your Health

Having a healthy body and mind going into periods of stress will help you cope better with added pressure and strain. While it may feel good to drown your worries in salty or sugary foods and an extended Netflix marathon, these escapes will have your health spiraling out of control.

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Ahh, brain fog. Why do you toy with me so? The other day I looked everywhere for my car keys. I was rushing so I could drop off my kids at school (finally!) when I realized they were missing (the keys, not the kids). I searched frantically: the kitchen, the

Food Storage and Fatty Liver

Heavy drinking can cause the liver to accumulate fat, but a growing number of people who drink little or even no alcohol are developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). About one-third of Americans have NAFLD, and the prevalence is dramatically higher in people with obesity (up to 90 percent) and

7. Smart Choices in the Dairy Case

Not so long ago—probably when you were growing up—everyone drank milk. Recent years, however, have seen a sharp decline in the popularity of milk as a meal-time beverage. Non-dairy beverages made from soy, rice, almonds, coconuts, and cashews have gained market share. At the same time, the popularity of yogurt,

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