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Ask the Expert: Nightshade Vegetables; Kidney Stones

Q: I think I might be allergic to nightshade vegetables. What are the symptoms?

A: It’s rare but not impossible to have an allergy to edible nightshades. It’s more common to have an intolerance to them.

Nightshade vegetables—which include bell peppers, cayenne or chili peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, and goji berries—gained their

Beating Hypertension—the “Silent Killer”

One in three American adults has hypertension (high blood pressure). And, because hypertension causes few obvious symptoms, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know it. What’s more, only about half of all diagnosed individuals are controlling their blood pressure adequately. This condition is a primary or contributing cause

The Buzz About Nightshades

Vegetables from plants in the Solanaceae family (also called nightshades) have been getting a bad rap. Peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplants, and their botanical cousins are accused of harboring harmful compounds that aggravate arthritis pain and inflammation. Understanding what’s behind these assertions may help ease concerns.
A Dangerous Relative
Belladonna, or deadly

4. Heart-Healthy Dietary Patterns

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

2. The Building Blocks of a Heart-Healthy Diet

Your heart, brain, blood vessels, and the rest of your body rely on a healthy diet as fuel for functioning, and if you’re eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the nutritious ones you need, you (and your cardiovascular system) may suffer.
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary

Dietary Fiber and its Health Benefits

Dietary Fiber and its Health Benefits

The importance of fiber in the diet cannot be overemphasized. Dietary fiber—what we used to call “roughage” or “bulk”—can help prevent or alleviate chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, IBS, and possibly colorectal cancer. There is some early evidence suggesting that a high-fiber diet may lessen or prevent food allergies, and dietary

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

What You Need to Know About Carbohydrates

Despite all the hype about “low-carb” diets, many people have an incomplete understanding of carbohydrates. It helps to look at a Nutrition Facts label, which lists quantities per serving of total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and sugars. The amount of starch isn’t listed, but that’s the third component of carbohydrates: Subtract

Healthiest Vegetables to Eat? Start with These 6 Choices

Healthiest Vegetables to Eat? Start with These 6 Choices

We need to eat our vegetables, but information about how to prepare them can be conflicting. Cooking certain vegetables—winter squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, for example—can release more nutrients. Others, however, are better for us if they’re eaten raw. It’s the latter group we’ll discuss here: six top veggies to

Metabolic Syndrome Raises Your Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Metabolic Syndrome Raises Your Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke

Your metabolism encompasses all the chemical processes through which cells produce energy and compounds (like hormones) needed to keep your body running. A cluster of metabolic risk factors raises your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. They may occur independently, but once you present with three, your doctor may

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