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In Support of Mixed Nuts

We dietitians hear this question a lot: “What’s the healthiest type of nut?” Well, just like with other food groups, there is no single nut that reigns supreme. Each type has a unique array of nutrients and phytochemicals. Here, EN summarizes what you can gain when you reach for nuts.

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Are Eggs Healthy?

Are Eggs Healthy?

Whether they were scrambled, fried, boiled, poached, or beat into an omelet, chances are that you had eggs for breakfast this morning. They’re an easy, filling, and affordable way to start the day. And even if you don’t like their taste, eggs often are the main ingredient in some of

3. The Foods You Need

Nutrition scientists often differentiate between “energy-dense” and “nutrient-dense” foods. In terms of nutrition, “energy” equals calories, so foods that are energy-dense contain a lot of calories for the amount of food—sugar, for example, which packs 773 calories per cup. The same amount of a non-energy dense food like chopped carrots,

5. Reducing the Risk of Common Conditions

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of

8. Expand Your Protein Options

Despite what you might hear from food companies, most Americans get plenty of protein. The picture may be somewhat different for older individuals, however. An emerging scientific consensus says some older adults could benefit from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations. Evidence also is mounting that the

6. Fiber-Rich Grains Aid Healthy Aging

A component found in many plant foods that has been linked with being disease- and disability-free in older age might surprise you: It’s dietary fiber. Researchers who followed some 1,600 initially healthy people, ages 49 and older, for 10 years reported that those with the highest intake of fiber had

5. Fabulous Fruits

Because fruits taste so good, some people think they can’t possibly be as good for you as vegetables. People with type 2 diabetes, in particular, often believe they should avoid fruit because of its high content of naturally occurring sugar. The American Diabetes Association, however, advises: “Fruits are loaded with

4. A Variety of Vegetables

You’ve probably heard about so-called “superfoods” and may be wondering how these fit into a healthy dietary pattern. The answer starts with vegetables. Diane L. McKay, PhD, a professor and researcher at Tufts and the Tufts consulting editor for this report, explains: “They’re all super! Eating a variety of vegetables

4. Vegetable Superfoods

Vegetables are excellent sources of nutrients packed into low-calorie bundles. Most vegetables provide about 25 calories per one-half cup cooked or one-cup raw serving, yet they offer a huge nutrition bang for their calorie buck; they contain slowly digested carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and a wealth of phytochemicals that give

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