Nutrition experts stress the importance of overall “diet quality” as opposed to demonizing and avoiding particular foods or even entire food groups. “Quality” means that what you eat provides the energy and essential nutrients you need for an active, healthy life. All sources of protein, for example, are not created
How can you get enough protein once you’ve cut back on the amount of meat you eat? Add more protein from plant sources, including beans, nuts, soy, and whole grains. Plant-based protein picks also deliver dietary fiber and phytonutrients that animal foods lack.
Getting plenty of protein is key to maintaining
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
Inflammation can be a positive reaction of fighting bacteria or viruses, or of bringing blood flow to an injured area to help the healing process. However, not all inflammation is beneficial. Often, undetected low levels of inflammation can remain for an extended period of time, wreaking havoc in the body.
Americans love dietary supplements—more than half of American adults take at least one—and this love has grown to include “food supplements,” foods enhanced with extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals or probiotics.
Food supplements are a type of “functional food,” or foods that offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition. According to the
Inflammation is a hot topic these days. With so many people suffering from chronic diseases, we are all looking for ways to reduce our risk. It turns out that diet is a major risk factor for inflammation and chronic disease. This fact has many people asking, “What anti-inflammatory foods should
Farro benefits are nothing new: The venerable and nutritious wheat is said to have sustained the Romans as they conquered the world 7,000 years ago. Legend has it that Julius Caesar himself brought farro (triticum dicoccon) to Italy after invading Egypt in 30 B.C. Known as “the Pharoah’s wheat” because
Many women and men diagnosed with osteoporosis are immediately prescribed prescription drugs which, they discover sooner or later, can have difficult-to-tolerate side effects as well as frightening long-term risks. Can osteoporosis be reversed? This realization leads many individuals with osteoporosis to ask, “Can osteoporosis be reversed without drugs?” Unfortunately, there
Grains and legumes sometimes get a bad rap. For some, it’s because of the belief that carbohydrates cause weight gain. For others, it’s because of the idea that humans didn’t evolve to eat agriculture-based foods like grains and legumes. Yes, whole grains and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, and soybeans) contain
Fruit is nature’s perfect sweet, and vegetables are the common denominator in any healthy eating pattern. Whether you reach for a piece of juicy summer fruit, a crisp green salad, or a savory stir-fry, not only are you delighting your taste buds, you are making better food choices that will