Fiber may be one of the most important factors in maintaining gut health, and a healthy gut is a key player in protecting us from disease. “Ninety-five percent of Americans are lacking in this key nutrient,” says Mascha Davis, MPH, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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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
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
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
Are you getting MCT oil benefits? If you don’t quite know what MCT oils are, you likely won’t know the answer to that question. So let’s start with a primer on MCTs, a naturally occurring source of dietary fats especially abundant in coconut oil. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, a
At any given time, trillions of bacteria live in your body, many of which reside in the large intestine. This colonic community of bacteria, known as the gut microbiota, plays a key role in immune function, digestion, weight management, and blood-sugar control, among other functions. Some of these microorganisms cause
New Diabetes Types Could Guide Treatment
Researchers in Sweden have reclassified diabetes into five different types, each with unique characteristics that could help doctors to identify people most at risk of diabetes complications and treat the disease more effectively.
In the conventional diagnosis, there are two types of diabetes. Type 1 usually
With increasing understanding about the role that low-level, chronic, systemic inflammation plays in the development of chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, there’s increased interest in using diet to prevent or fight inflammation. Emerging research suggests that probiotics may be a valuable addition to an anti-inflammatory
Headlines and Hype
If recent headlines and articles about dietary fat intake have you feeling confused, you’re not alone. Even within the nutrition-science community, the facts about fats sometimes seem as slippery as, well, a stick of butter. How strong is the evidence—really—that saturated fats contribute to heart disease? Is it