The term “nutrient” can refer to vitamins and minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients, such as flavonoids. All these are im-portant, but the big picture when it comes to nutrition and brain power concerns what are referred to as “macronutrients”: fats, carbohydrates (“carbs”), and protein. It’s no wonder that so many
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Legions of people today are using sugar alternatives that have few or no calories to cut back on their sugar intake. One of the most popular alternative sweeteners on the market today is stevia. But what exactly is stevia? Where does it comes from, how sweet is it, and in
A diet that supports heart and brain health is more than just eating an extra piece of fruit and occasionally eating salmon instead of steak. Rather than thinking solely in terms of individual foods or getting enough of certain vitamins and minerals, it’s important to focus on a healthy overall
Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy
Foods aren’t the only way to get important nutrients as you age—certain beverages also can contribute beneficial nutrients. You can think of these beverages as a form of “liquid plants,” since they are derived from plants and retain many of their sources’ healthy nutrients, especially the phytonutrients. The most convincing
If you’re like most Americans, according to a Gallup survey, one of your goals for a healthy diet is to limit consumption of all fats. That’s no longer scientifically sound advice, although you can hardly be blamed for this way of thinking. After all, for years, we were told to
Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic that governments and health organizations worldwide are trying to control. Researchers refer to contexts, or environments, for habits that promote obesity, such as binge eating, as “obesogenic environments.”
Both fat and sugar are known to play a role in boosting abnormal eating behaviors, but a
A recent Stanford University study took aim at the obesity epidemic with a year-long trial comparing low-fat versus low-carbohydrate diets among more than 600 otherwise healthy overweight and obese adults. The findings of this study, published Feb. 20, 2018, in JAMA, have been widely interpreted, but one result stands out:
Not all fats are created equal: Saturated vs unsaturated. Essential vs unessential. Healthy vs unhealthy. The hard part is knowing which fats are good for you and which you should avoid. Along those lines, let’s compare omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids, with an eye toward balance.
Both omega-6 and
Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty percent of them have knee pain, and this number is climbing every day, particularly among older adults, due largely to more people living longer and the obesity epidemic.
Pain can result from medical