July 07, 2020
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The Words to Say It
Are you losing words? Verbal fluency, the ability to summon words at will, drops as we age, but it's better in people who eat these foods. Read more >

Late Dinners Help Pack on the Pounds
Eating dinner late can raise your risk of weight gain and diabetes. It's about your metabolism. Read more >

A Nutritional Balancing Act
The interplay between vitamin B12 and folate has implications for seniors' cognitive function. New guidelines from an Irish study. Read more >

Kids and Empty Calories
Over a quarter of the calories that kids and teens eat have no nutritional value. That's not good for growth and development. Read more >

Another Supplement Bites the Dust
The American Gastroenterological Association found only three conditions that appear to be helped by probiotics. The rest were a bust. Read more >

Coming to a Convenience Store Near You
Suppose sodas and other sugary drinks carried warning labels the way alcohol and cigarettes do. Would obesity rates go down? Read more >

Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters
Picky eaters can make mealtime a battleground. The more parents push, the harder they dig in. A lighter touch is better. Read more >

Stay on the Sunny Side of COVID-19
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. A deficiency seems to put people at greater risk of contracting Coronavirus. Read more >

Try to Find Comfort Somewhere Else
So-called comfort foods that are high in saturated fat make it harder to pay attention. Something to consider before you indulge. Read more >

An Anti-Alzheimer's Diet
Eating certain foods reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer's -- by a lot. Know which, and how much of these foods you need in your diet. Read more >

Obesity Builds a Sluggish Brain
Being overweight or obese is bad for your health; there's no news there. But what it does to your brain may surprise you. Read more >

You Can't Fool Kids
Baby foods that add fruit to vegetables to get kids to accept veggies don't seem to do the trick. Here's how to get kids on board. Read more >

Turning Kids into Savvy Consumers
You can make screen time a learning experience. Show kids the marketing tricks behind the ads they see. It could change their eating habits. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
Eating certain foods together seems to raise the risk of dementia. Here's a chance for young adults to protect their brains. Read more >

Your Priorities for a Healthy Old Age
There's one risk factor for chronic disease that out-weighs most others. Can you guess what it is? Read more >

Tofu is Soy Good for Your Heart
The isoflavones in tofu and other soy products can help protect you from heart disease, especially if you are a woman. Read more >

Getting Food to Seniors and the Poor
The poor and elderly need to be able to buy food online and have it delivered, too, especially during emergencies like the COVID crisis. Read more >

Protein Reminders Can Improve Muscle Mass
Most seniors fear the loss of strength that comes with aging. Adjusting diets a little can help the body remember to produce muscle tissue. Read more >

Soda's Shot to the Heart
You wouldn't eat a pound of bacon, but drinking soda daily may wreak havoc on your lipid levels in much the same way. Read more >

Meat and the Microbiome
As meat is digested in the gut, it breaks down into a metabolite that increases the risk of heart disease. Plant-based foods don't do this. Read more >

RDNs, Allies in the War on Weight
For people who just can't lose the weight they need to, expert help from a registered dietitian nutritionist can make a big difference. Read more >

Drive By the Drive-In
Fast food is like a drug for preschoolers. It's a major contributor to the rise in child obesity. Read more >

The Pepperoni Papers
Conflicting recommendations about eating meat have generated confusion and controversy. A massive new study makes things clearer. Read more >

Put Down that Toddler Drink
Toddler drinks are a new market, meant to transition kids from formula or breastmilk to regular milk. They're really full of added sugar. Read more >

Pack a Lunch; Eat In
Eating out is a primary driver of weight gain and diabetes. On average, Americans get one of every five calories from restaurant meals. Read more >

Putting Popular Diets to the Test
The best diet is one you will stick to, as long as it helps you lose weight. Here's how three of the most popular diets stack up. Read more >

Seeking Google-Searching Suckers
Websites promoting probiotics claim their products will cure almost whatever ails you. Don't believe them; look deeper. Read more >

Pick Three -- or Four
Five lifestyle factors have been found to lead to a disease-free old age. The more of them you put into practice, the better your odds. Read more >

Mind Food
There is evidence that what you eat has an effect on your mental health. But the exact connection can be hard to pin down. Read more >

Tea Time
Tea drinkers live longer and healthier lives than those who rarely drink the brew. Green tea has a particularly strong effect. Read more >

Nutraceuticals for Fertility? Think Again
Men with low sperm counts often try zinc and folate supplements to give semen a boost. Not only do they not help, they may fracture DNA. Read more >

Do It for Your Retinas
Age-related macular degeneration is a consequence of aging, but also, it appears, diet. Here's a meal plan for keeping your eyes younger. Read more >

Escape From the Food Desert
Online grocery shopping can be more than a convenience. It can be a way to get fresh, foods to people who live far from a supermarket. Read more >

High Protein Diet Danger
Too much protein is hard on your kidneys. If they are impaired by disease, a low carb, high protein diet can cause irreversible damage. Read more >

The Breakfast Rush Hour
Mornings are busy, but kids who regularly eat breakfast average scores that are two letter grades higher than kids who don't. Read more >

Poor Diets Contribute to Depression
A large Canadian study finds that a good diet can help protect you from depression and may aid in treating it. Read more >

Sugar Goes Undercover
Babies and toddlers get way more sugar than most parents realize. Here's where it's all hiding and how to avoid most of it. Read more >

The Foods You Can't Stop Eating
Certain ingredients -- think things like chips and bacon -- spark our appetites. Here's how to break the cycle. Read more >

Formula to Rival Breast Milk
Adding a component of milk lost in homogenization back in can make formula more like breast milk. Read more >

Neighborhoods that Make You Fat
Where you live has a big effect on your -- and your kids' -- weight. Here are some things you can do to fight back. Read more >

A Sweet Media Connection
Teens screen time and sugar consumption seem to go together. There is one exception, however. Read more >

Youthful Skin, Thanks to Pomegranates
The antioxidants you eat in fruits like pomegranates help defend against damage from the sun and make you look years younger. Read more >

Foods to Lift Your Mood
When depressed students were encouraged to eat a healthier, Mediterranean diet, they felt happier, even weeks after the shift. Read more >

A Nutty Diet Plan
People who ate nuts regularly were far less likely to become obese over the years. What the nuts help keep them from eating is part of it. Read more >

The Chemicals You Avoid by Cooking at Home
Eating out is fun; it's convenient. It also exposes you to cancer-causing chemicals. Read more >

Sweet Chipotle-Glazed Carrots: Selling Healthy Foods
Some menus make your mouth water. When the foods being marketed are healthy, so much the better, as long as the taste is there, too. Read more >

The Way to Go More Vegetarian
To encourage college kids to eat more vegetables: add another vegetable-based meal to the cafeteria offerings. Read more >

What If Doctors Prescribed Food?
When healthcare providers "prescribe" fruits and veggies and the means to obtain them to patients in need, health improves dramatically. Read more >

Mom's Anemia Can Lead to Behavior Problems in Kids
Anemia early in a woman's pregnancy can spell trouble for fetal brain development, raising the risk of attention deficits and autism. Read more >

Big Gulp, Shorter Life
Soft drink consumption averages 39 gallons per person in the U.S. Bigger drinkers, even of diet sodas, tend to have shorter lives. Read more >

To Avoid Frailty, Fortify Your Body Now
Even a minor illness can derail the health of seniors if they don't have reserves of important nutrients. Don't wait to adjust your diet. Read more >

Low-Fat Is Not a Fad
It's easy to become confused about diet claims, but if you needed proof of the value of a low-fat diet to health, here it is. Read more >

Would You Throw Your Grandmother in the Garbage?
When older, bruised and not-so-pretty vegetables are viewed in a more human light, it's easier to avoid wasting them. Read more >

Stop Fridge Food Waste
Those expiration dates on your food? Ignore them. They don't mean what you think they do. Read more >

Unraveling a Diet Mystery
What kind of diet is better for your heart -- low carb or low fat? Neither, it turns out. Something else matters more. Read more >

Malnourished Young Men
Too many young men don't eat enough fruits and veggies. Cooking is one issue; shortsightedness about health is another. Read more >

Red Wine, Chocolate, Berries, Nuts
Flavonoids are compounds that cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. It's easy to add them to your diet. Read more >

Nudges Can Make a Difference
We often know what we should do to be healthier, but we don't always do it. That's when a well-crafted nudge can help. Read more >

Chew on This
If you can't chew well, you can't eat well. Tooth problems can lead to heart problems and poor nutrition. Read more >

Food Phobic
Food neophobia is an extreme form of picky eating and can lead to chronic health problems. Read more >

The Secret to Eating for Two
A good diet is crucial for moms-to-be -- and their children. Some women over-supplement; others eat too many empty calories. Read more >

A Crohn's Miracle Cure?
The patient had a moderately severe form of the disease that didn't respond to treatment. He changed his diet, and his symptoms vanished. Read more >

Stay on the Sunny Side
Vitamin D helps keep memory sharp and bones strong. Yet nearly 25% of older adults are deficient in it. Sun and a few foods help. Read more >

Reconsidering Chicken
White meats like chicken and turkey may not be any better for your cholesterol levels than beef. Now what should you put on the grill? Read more >

How Fighting Obesity Helps Fund Schools
Philadelphia’s tax on unhealthy beverages helps locals in more ways than one. Read more >

Food Vouchers Offer Improved Nutrition
The quality of the food offered through WIC program vouchers has gotten better. That has made a difference in children's development. Read more >

Do-Nothing Diet Drinks
Kids who drink artificially-sweetened beverages end up consuming more calories than kids who don't. Read more >

Guacamole Power
Avocados may be one of the best ways to cut calories, satisfy your appetite and lower cholesterol at the same time. Read more >

Eat As Much As You Want
Primates following this diet ate as much as they wanted -- and they still didn't gain weight. Read more >

A Teachable Moment for Health
The best way to help kids develop healthy eating habits is to start explaining why they matter early on. Read more >

Water Boys -- And Girls
Some kids don't drink any water in a day, preferring sweetened drinks. This can add a pound a month. Read more >

A Closer Look at Kids' Appetites
Some believe kids should be allowed to eat freely, to make sure they are adequately nourished. It's more complicated than that. Read more >

Choose Foods, Not Supplements
Nutritional supplements have some concerning associations with heart disease, cancer and health in general. Buy good food instead. Read more >

For Mothers-to-Be: An Anti-ADHD Diet
A child's chances of developing attention deficits goes up when their mothers had the wrong balance of these nutrients prenatally. Read more >

Eating to Ease Asthma
Certain foods lessen kids' asthma symptoms; others tend to make them worse. Read more >

A Traffic Cop for Your Diet
Choosing foods that are healthy and better for the environment is a lot easier when signs point the way. Read more >

Eating Well for Less
It does take planning, but healthy foods are within the reach of even those on a limited budget. Read more >

Bad News for Egg Lovers
Eggs are the perfect protein, but eating more than three or four eggs a week is risky for your heart. Read more >

Low-Carb Raises the Risk of A-Fib
Cutting carbs can seem like a good diet plan, but it can raise your risk of atrial fibrillation. Know what carbs to cut. Read more >

Proof of the Munchies
Legalizing marijuana may have an unintended health consequence: a rise in munchie-driven obesity rates. Read more >

An Antidepressant Diet
A healthy diet can help lift depression in many people, a large study shows. No special diets needed. Anxiety may improve, too. Read more >

Nuts Lower Heart Risk Associated with Diabetes
Diabetes raises a person's risk of heart disease, but eating nuts -- in moderation -- cuts it down to size. Read more >

Diet Help, In Your Grocery Store
What if a dietitian was available in your local market to help you choose foods to lower blood pressure? Here's the answer. Read more >

Lettuce Be Happy
Fruits and vegetables can make us happier as well as healthier. Read more >

About that Cheeseburger You're Eating
It's a chance to do right twice: eating less meat and fat not only is good for your health, it also reduces carbon emissions. Read more >

The Post-Workout Munchies
Working out will make you hungry. What you pick to eat as you leave the gym could erase much of your hard work. Read more >

Getting Fat on Advertising
Here's an easy step you can take to reduce your child's risk of becoming overweight: Opt for ad-free TV. Read more >

Lower Your Cholesterol: Eat Less at Night
Cutting your consumption of fats at night can have a big effect on your "bad" cholesterol. It's an easy way to help your heart. Read more >

The Carb Chronicles
A massive review of carbohydrate studies finds that one quality distinguishes the good carb from the bad. Read more >

Negotiating the Minefield at the Cash Register
Snacks and candy tempt us as we wait in supermarket checkout lines. What if they weren't there? Read more >

Keep Your Chromosomes Strong
Because it damages chromosomes, a folate deficiency can lead to dementia and mental disorders as well as birth defects. Read more >

The High Fructose Factor
Low income people used to be thin from lack of food. That has changed. Here's why. Read more >

The Heart of a Meat Eater
Eating meat raises your levels of a by-product of digestion that may be the missing link when it comes to red meat and heart disease. Read more >

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
The holidays mean high calorie foods are everywhere -- at work, at parties and at home. You need a game plan to keep your weight in line. Read more >

Dinnertime, Debate Time
When teens are at the table, mealtime arguments are not uncommon. But eating together still delivers lasting lessons. Read more >

Fake Fruit
When students pick juice at lunch, healthier food choices and overall nutrition suffer. Read more >

Obesity and Childhood Asthma
About a quarter of all childhood asthma diagnoses may be completely avoidable. Parents just need to take action. Read more >

Eat Your Way to a Better Memory
Following a group of doctors for 20 years, researchers learned what foods most help preserve memory. Read more >

Ending Premature Births
Certain fatty acids appear to reduce a woman's risk of giving birth early. Here's how to get them. Read more >

Cut Carbs Before Calories
Go easy on the stuffing: Eating fewer carbohydrates helps the body burn calories, keeps weight off. Read more >

For Seniors, Protein Matters
Hoping to remain independent in old age? Give your body what it needs to stay strong. Read more >

Build Strong Bodies Two Ways
Bones need good nutrition and exercise to be strong, but one of these ingredients is far more important. Read more >

Reversing Diabetes, with Fasting
Men with type 2 diabetes who fasted about three days a week were able to go off their medications. Read more >

A Diet with Special Benefits for Women
Men and women both enjoyed a reduced risk of stroke when they followed its basic outlines, but women got an extra boost. Read more >

Chains Retreat from Healthier Kids' Meal Options
Fast food chains said they'd improve the nutritional quality of kids' meals, but that hasn't happened. Read more >

Help for Parents of Picky Eaters
Fussy eaters can drive parents crazy. Try these tips and maintain your sanity. Read more >

Stop Frailty Before It Starts
Simply eating foods with enough of these key vitamins can cut your risk of becoming frail by as much as 90%. Read more >

Time for Breakfast
There are programs that pay for and provide breakfasts for school children. So why do so few kids take advantage of them? Read more >

A Call for New Dietary Guidelines
The American Heart Association has issued an Advisory changing the emphasis on the sorts of foods we should eat. Read more >

It's Not the Salt
Surprised researchers didn't find blood pressure problems in people around the world who ate high salt diets. Here's why. Read more >

Coffee as Diet Aid
Caffeine will rev your metabolism and cut your appetite, but can it help you lose weight? Read more >

A New Take on Full-Fat Dairy
A glass of whole milk or piece of cheese provides important fatty acids. But the calories they add are another matter. Read more >

Folic Acid's Brainy Effects
Pregnant women take the B vitamin folic acid to prevent spinal bifida. But it does more. Read more >

Cultivate Five Habits to Protect Your Kids
Mothers who follow these five healthy habits cut their children's risk of becoming obese by as much as 80 percent. Read more >

The New Normal
Being overweight is so common, many don't see how overweight they are. This also means they won't try to lose. Read more >

The Lentil Solution
Blood sugar spikes are hard on your body and can lead to type-2 diabetes. Here's a good way to head them off. Read more >

Six Foods to Fight Disease
Presentations at a nutrition meeting highlight foods you want to have as a regular part of your diet. Read more >

Is Your Job Making You Fat?
Don't you just love it when there are donut holes in the break room? Eating at work can add up to 15 pounds a year. Read more >

The Mediterranean Diet, U.S. Edition
People in certain states do a better job of eating the healthy way residents of Mediterranean countries do. For others, it's an opportunity. Read more >

Supplements Can't Help Your Heart
Taking vitamins and minerals to help your heart is a waste of money. Some can even cause harm. Eating right is a smarter plan. Read more >

A Protein Boost...to Your Waistline
Protein supplements can help build muscle and give bodies working hard the support they need. But when you take these supplements matters. Read more >

Fast Food and Fertility
Too much fast food and too little fruit both delay conception and raise the odds of infertility. Read more >

Secrets of Life Extension
People over 50 who develop these five habits tend to live years longer than those who don't. Read more >

Not All Protein Is Created Equal
Get most of your protein from vegetables and legumes, and your risk of cardiovascular disease goes way down. Read more >

About that Protein Shake...
Trying to fend off frailty? More than the recommended amount of protein may not help. Read more >

Eat Your Broccoli
Eating vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can prevent plaques from forming and causing strokes. Read more >

Overeating Dulls Taste
Gaining weight makes food less tasty and leads to more overeating. Just ask a mouse. Read more >

Riding the Crave
We will happily pay more for unhealthy food we crave -- like chips or candy -- than for foods that are good for us. Override the crave. Read more >

A Cheeseburger with a Side of Phthalates
Eating out in fast food places raises the level of these chemicals, found in plastics, in your body. The consequences aren't good. Read more >

The Sad Stats on Obesity
Obesity rates are climbing in children and adults, creating a potential public health crisis. Prevention is far easier than losing weight. Read more >

"Beeting" Alzheimer's
A compound in beets may help prevent the misfolded proteins associated with the disease. Read more >

Dieting for Two
There's a ripple effect in weight loss: If you lose weight, your partner or spouse is likely to lose some, too. Read more >

New Worries about Calcium Supplements
Calcium supplements, with or without vitamin D, appear to up the risk of intestinal polyps associated with colon cancer. Read more >

One Way to Reduce Healthcare Inequality
A New York City program that enabled families to earn money to pay for health and dental care could serve as a model nationwide. Read more >

Sugary Drinks and Infertility
When men and women drink sugar-sweetened beverages, it reduces the chances of getting pregnant by as much as a third. Read more >

Red Wine For Oral Health?
The bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease could be reduced by the polyphenols in red wine and other foods. Read more >

The Sodium-Memory Connection
In seniors, low sodium levels in the blood -- from medications, heart or kidney problems -- can cause memory loss. Read more >

Before You Buy that Toddler Drink
They are marketed as the best way parents can be sure kids get the nutrition they need. But the labels can be deceiving. Read more >

A Recovery Garden
Cancer survivors who tended vegetable gardens were less stressed, more fit and had a stronger sense of self worth. They ate better, too. Read more >

Fish Oil = Snake Oil?
The jury is still out on whether omega-3 supplements help the heart. Better to eat fish and exercise. Read more >

End Diet Deprivation
Dieting? You don't have to feel deprived if you know what foods can fill you up. Read more >

Recipes for a Healthy Brain
A spice common to Indian, Thai and some African cuisines appears to help keep the cellular detritus associated with Alzheimer's in check. Read more >

Diet, Inflammation, and Cancer
Diets with lots of meat and sugar, and little fiber, set the stage for inflammation and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Lung-Repairing Nutrients
There are fruits that can improve lung function in ex-smokers, and they can also help never-smokers. Read more >

Meals Are for More than Food
The emotional atmosphere around your family table has a big impact on children's development. Read more >

Sleeping with the Fishes
Children who eat fish tend to have IQ scores that are five points higher than those who don't. Here's the reason why. Read more >

Tea Is a Feast for the Eyes
A cup a day can reduce glaucoma risk. Just make sure the tea is hot and caffeinated. Read more >

Keeping MS at Bay
For people with multiple sclerosis, eating certain foods and a healthy lifestyle offer some protection from severe disability. Read more >

Go for the Greens
Seniors who ate more of these vegetables had sharper memories into their 80s and beyond. Read more >

Meat for Mental Health?
Meat can help young adults' brains deal with stress. Aging brains have different nutritional needs. Read more >

The Scary Odds on Obesity
Over half of today’s kids are likely to be obese by the time they are 35 years old. Here's how parents can buck the trend. Read more >

Sugar and Spice
Cinnamon contains a compound that has the potential to amp up the body's fat-burning system. Read more >

A Protection Racket for Your Heart
Nuts are seeds, so they pack a major nutritional punch, with special benefits for your heart. Read more >

Cancer As a Numbers Game
Nearly half of all cancers are the result of risk factors that we can control. Read more >

Gobbling Puts on the Pounds
Speed eating leads to overeating and metabolic issues. Teach yourself to slow down and enjoy your meal even more Read more >

A Spicy Tale
Lowering your blood pressure doesn't have to mean food tastes blah. Cultivate a taste for spice instead. Read more >

The Distracting Power of Junk Food
The scent of baked goods or french fries can quickly replace any thoughts in our heads. Carrots, not so much. Read more >

Fasting's Metabolic Effects
Fasting can reset cells' metabolism, helping the body burn fat and lose weight even without dieting. Read more >

Is Your Child an Orchid or a Dandelion?
Kids become picky eaters for a number of reasons. Genes seem to play a role...along with issues of control. Read more >

Long-Term Iron Supplements Benefit Low Birth Weight Babies
Babies born weighing under 5 pounds often develop behavioral and cognitive problems as kids. Iron supplements can prevent these issues. Read more >

A Mineral for Your Mind
Too much or too little of this mineral seems to promote dementia and Alzheimers' disease. Read more >

SNAP Falls Short
The nutrition assistance program doesn't begin to cover the cost of a diet that satisfies government guidelines. Is it good enough? Read more >

Saved by Fiber
You can cut your colorectal cancer risk by eating more whole grains and less of these foods. Read more >

How to Fight Frailty with Protein
Seniors, don't just eat protein once or twice a day. To prevent frailty, it's better to eat some at every meal. Read more >

Energy-Dense Foods and Cancer Risk
Eating foods that pack lots of nutrients in each calorie can cut your risk of cancer. Read more >

The Clean-Up Crew in Your Arteries
Almonds help your good cholesterol rid your body of bad cholesterol. Read more >

A New Take on Gestational Diabetes
Pregnancy can play havoc with a woman's blood sugar, but what happens between pregnancies may be just as important. Read more >

Help for the Food Shy
Infants' temperaments tend to predict their willingness to try new foods, but that doesn't mean parents should give up trying. Read more >

A Disastrous Combo Meal
Drinking a sugary beverage with a high protein meal reduces your body's ability to break down fat. And the pounds pile on. Read more >

An Artificial Sweet Tooth
Artificial sweeteners are not a free ride. They tend to make people crave sweets, leading to weight gain and worse. Read more >

Vegetarian Heart Problems
Not all largely vegetarian diets are especially good for you. Some plant-based diets are bad for your heart. Read more >

Long Live Coffee Drinkers
Two big studies find that coffee's benefits know no racial or ethnic boundaries. Coffee drinkers live longer, period. Read more >

Brain Food
Two studies find that kids with higher levels of this antioxidant do better academically. Read more >

New Sources of an Overlooked Nutrient
It's good for the heart, seniors' bones and helps the blood. Now we know full-fat dairy is a good way to get it. Read more >

Good Potato, Bad Potato
Potatoes can be good for you, but they can also send you to an early grave. How you cook them is what counts. Read more >

Decadent Vegetables
When veggies sound like an indulgence -- chipotle-roasted corn, sizzling green beans -- they go over a lot better. Read more >

Visit Your Local "Farmacy"
Nutrients in fruits and vegetables contain compounds that can kill prostate and other cancer cells. Read more >

Swapping Beans for Beef
Worried about climate change? Simply eating beans instead of beef could reduce global greenhouse gases up to 75 percent. Read more >

White or Whole Wheat?
Whole grain bread is better, right? Not so fast. The nutritional benefits of bread are actually more individual than anyone thought. Read more >

No Juice, Baby
If you've been giving your little one juice in his or her sippy cup, it's time to reconsider. Check out the AAP's new guidelines. Read more >

Chocolate Therapy
A little chocolate every day or so can reduce your risk of atrial fibrillation. Best to be sure it's dark chocolate. Read more >

The Downside of Going Gluten-Free
The are a number of reasons to go gluten-free. Heart health is not one of them. Read more >

Too Much Sun Protection?
Staying out of the sun and sunblock cut your risk of skin cancer, but they can also contribute to vitamin D deficiency and celiac disease. Read more >

Time for Lunch... And Recess
Kids eat more vegetables and waste more food depending on when lunch and recess are scheduled. Read more >

A Bombshell on Salt
What if everything we thought we knew about salt and blood pressure turns out to be wrong? Read more >

Salt Makes You Hungry, Not Thirsty
A set of new findings has completely changed our understanding of what too much salt does to your body. Read more >

Saturated Fats Damage Joints
Diets high in saturated fats actually damage cartilage and joints. Other fats appear to be protective. Read more >

Be Flexible: Eat Peanuts
A handful of peanuts with a meal can keep fatty deposits from sticking to your arteries. Read more >

Vending Machines Programmed for Healthier Food Choices
If you have to wait for a your chips to drop, but can get a healthier snack more quickly, or cheaply, you might choose differently. Read more >

Why You Need to Eat at Home More
Home-cooked meals used to be prized; now they are seen as inconvenient. But the health benefits of eating at home are undeniable. Read more >

Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Low-Calorie, Really?
Labels promoting "low content" are best seen as marketing tactics, not as signs of healthful products. Read carefully. Read more >

High Risk Hearts
Not eating enough food high in nutrients harms the heart as much as eating too much food high in empty calories and fat. Read more >

The Dieter's Dilemma
People who are really, seriously, trying to lose weight often find their willpower tested in this situation. Avoidance is one strategy. Read more >

Changing the World, One Hamburger at a Time
Reducing the amount of red meat you eat isn't just good for your health, it's good for the environment, too. Read more >

The Gluten-Free Path to Diabetes
If you don't have celiac disease, forget trying to go gluten-free. It will save you money, and it's better for your health. Read more >

Doctors Against Nutritional Hype
Time to get smart about nutritional fads like juicing and gluten-free diets. Doctors stand up for what is and isn't proven to work. Read more >

Help for Thinning Bones
Nearly 80 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, putting them at risk for fragile bones as they age. Here's what helps. Read more >

Pop Tarts, Froot Loops, and Red Bull
The hundreds of ads for junk food kids see every week shows in their diets and their health. Canada wants to do something about it. Read more >

The Case for A Health Tax
If taxes could buy you some disability-free years as you age, would you be willing to pay them? Read more >

Making Good Cholesterol Even Better
Olive oil super-charges HDL -- good -- cholesterol, so it is even more helpful to your heart. Read more >

Powered By Protein
Protein builds muscle and muscle keeps seniors on their feet. But which is better — vegetable protein or that from meat or fish? Read more >

The Carrot or the Steak?
The best way to get people on subsidies to buy nutritious food. Read more >

Tiny But Mighty
This micromineral helps us repair damaged DNA and makes a big difference in our health. Can you guess what it is? Read more >

Dinner In A Box?
Yes, lots of us are short on time. But if prepared foods are your only meal plan, it's time to make a change. Read more >

Breastfeeding? You Need to Supplement Vitamin D
Breast milk is spectacularly good for infants, but it doesn't offer enough vitamin D...unless mothers take one of these steps. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
Lutein, an antioxidant found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, beefs up the brain — and memory. Read more >

The Nutritional Mother Lode
Magnesium can cut your chances of a heart attack or stroke, as well as making other healthy contributions. Here's how to get it. Read more >

Kids Meals Are Heavy on Calories
Most meals marketed to teens and kids have way more calories than they should. What to look for. Read more >

Health By The Handful
Want to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, or death by up to 25 percent? Grab some nuts. But not too many. Read more >

Men and Nuts
Why do nuts, and walnuts especially, do so much for men? They can even boost men's moods. Read more >

Stealth Salt
Most kids eat far more salt than they should, a CDC study says. And they have the blood pressure to prove it. Read more >

Slow Food for The Heart
Food cooked over low heat does not develop the dangerous trans fats that grilled, broiled and fried foods do. Read more >

Put An Egg in It
Simply adding eggs to salads greatly increases your absorption of two key nutrients. Read more >

A Big Fat Summer Vacation
Free access to high calorie foods and hours in front of screens mean that vacation makes many kids fat. It's better at school. Read more >

Focus on Food, Not “Nutrients”
Rather than telling people to eat less fat, the guidelines suggest foods to eat. Read more >

Sleepy Kids Become Fat Kids
When children don't get enough sleep, they don't just get cranky; they eat much, much more. Read more >

Helping Bones, Harming the Heart
Many men and women take a calcium supplement to strengthen their bones, not knowing the damage they are doing to their hearts. Read more >

Good-Hearted Chocolate Lovers
The news on chocolate keeps getting better. Now we know more about why it is so good for you. Read more >

Why Combo Meals Are A Bad Deal
The “free” sodas and extras in combo meals add calories that pack on the pounds. Read more >

Why You Need to Take Supplements Seriously
Liver damage from herbal and other supplements has doubled in the past decade. Read more >

Vitamin D Stimulates Stem Cells and Embryonic Development
A lack of vitamin D in umbilical cord tissue can result in fewer fetal blood stem cells and the potential for problems later in life. Read more >

The Soda Lobby's Unhealthy Influence
A new report shows how Coca Cola and Pepsi spend millions lobbying to keep soda consumption high. Read more >

The Outrage Diet
Appealing to teens' budding sense of social justice can undermine the allure of junk food. Read more >

The Power of Planting A Garden
Working a garden at home or at school has a profound — and profoundly beneficial — effect on eating habits. Read more >

A New Take on Food Allergies
It turns out to be a good idea to expose kids to eggs, peanuts and other foods linked to allergies — even gluten. Read more >

A Pill to Improve Kids' Reading Skills
A Swedish study found children who received this supplement read faster and better. Read more >

Cost Savings for Kidney Patients
A simple change in diet can greatly reduce drug costs in people with kidney disease. Read more >

Try This, Baby
Parents worried about toddlers' eating habits should be aware that babies are taking in way more than food during mealtimes. Read more >

A Gluten-Free Hoax?
The number of people who've decided to go gluten-free without a diagnosis of celiac disease has tripled. Are they foolish? Read more >

Online Programs Improve Health
Programs and apps that set and monitor health goals can be helpful. Of course, you do have to put down your phone to use them. Read more >

Heart Problems Plague Food Deserts
Poor neighborhoods around the country tend to lack access to fresh foods. Policy changes can help. Read more >

Personalized Nutrition Advice Makes A Difference
When nutrition advice is tailored to an individual's needs, it has a much bigger impact on diet and health. Read more >

School Meals Pack on the Pounds
The meals schools serve low-income students help them learn. They also make them overweight. Read more >

Big Waistlines, Shrunken Brains
Being overweight can age your brain 10 years. Read more >

What Saturated Fats Do to Your Brain
Saturated fats, from cheese or meat, aren't good for your heart; and they do bad things to your brain, too. Read more >

Fight Inflammation; Eat Nuts
Chronic inflammation is a killer. Nuts can help. Just don't eat too many. Read more >

Superheroes Dressed As Vegetables Rescue Kids' Diets
More evidence that if you market veggies like snack foods, kids will come. Read more >

Early Bedtimes for Toddlers Cut The Risk of Obesity Later On
Preschoolers who go to bed around 8 pm are half as likely to become overweight teens. Read more >

The Power of A Healthy Diet — Independence
Eating well now may be what makes it possible to live on your own later in life. Read more >

What If Veggies Were Marketed Like Other Foods?
When healthy foods are marketed more like processed foods, shoppers buy more of them. Read more >

A Lesson in After-School Obesity
Children's food environments, especially their route home from school, can build healthy or unhealthy snacks into their diets. Read more >

Inferior Vegetarian Diets
Of course, eating more veggies is good for you, but not all vegetarian diets are equally good. Read more >

Reconsidering Vitamin D
Studies showing that this vitamin improves health may be flawed, but does that mean they're wrong? Read more >

Junk Food Celebrities
Pop stars who promote soda and other unhealthy foods don't mean to add to the burden of teen obesity, but they do. Read more >

Help Your Cells Shed Fat
We only need minute amounts of this mineral, but it appears to play a huge role in our ability to burn fat. Read more >

A Healthy Reason to Love Carbs
Of all the factors researchers explored, fiber intake made the biggest difference in how well a person aged. Read more >

The FDA vs. Frito Lay
The FDA wants snack food makers to cut the salt in their products. Good luck with that. Read more >

Everyone's Favorite Vegetable
Potatoes are vegetables, but they are starchy and can lead to high blood pressure. Read more >

Gluten-Free Kids: A Bad Idea
A gluten-free diet can be life-saving if you have celiac disease, but it can cause nutritional deficiencies in others. Read more >

Foods That Reduce Aggression
Violent, antisocial kids behaved better when their diets were rich in this nutrient. Read more >

Memory Problems? Go Fish
One serving of seafood a week reduced the progression of certain types of memory loss in seniors. Read more >

Meat and Mortality
A Mayo Clinic study finds that eating meat regularly shortens life spans. Read more >

Antidepressants Not Working?
Certain nutraceuticals — omega-3s and others — can boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. Read more >

Butter's Bum Rap
Vegetable oils are not as heart-healthy as we thought. Read more >

Bad to the Brain
Fructose damages genes in the brain, leading to a variety of problems. Luckily, one nutrient offsets its effects. Read more >

Time to Be Fruitful
Eating a baseball-sized serving of fresh fruit every day is the quickest way to cut your risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >

Phthalates in Fast Food
It's not just what's in your fast food that's bad for you; it's what your fast food is packaged in Read more >

Dieters, Go For the Bean
Beans, or legumes, are filling, nutritious and low-fat, making them the perfect diet food. Don't overlook what they can do. Read more >

Vitamin C Is For Cataracts
A diet high in vitamin C-containing fruits and vegetables can cut the risk of cataracts by a third. Read more >

The Ultra-Processed Food Invasion
Ultra-processed foods are just bundles of emulsifiers, salt, added sugars and calories. Read more >

Tweaking Food Costs Could Save Lives
Taxing unhealthy foods like soda and chips and subsidizing the cost of fruits and vegetables would have a big impact on health. Read more >

A Sweet Way to Keep Your Blood Pressure Down
Yogurt and other dairy products can help lower blood pressure. The effect is especially strong in women. Read more >

Your Partner Could Be Making You Fat
Your spouse has more of an impact on how you eat than your family history does. Read more >

Fish As A Brain-Saving Device
Eating fish twice a week reduces the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's. Read more >

The Five Percent Solution
Good news for people struggling to lose weight: even small losses can bring serious health benefits. Read more >

Put Some Barley in Your Life
Barley reduces blood sugar, the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and it leaves you feeling full. Read more >

A Good Egg After All
Contrary to decades of advice, eggs don't appear to raise blood cholesterol. An egg a day should be fine. Read more >

Protect Your Daughters: Fiber-Ize Them
Eating a fiber-rich diet as a teenager, with plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Mothers-To-Be Need Fish
Pregnant women who eat more fish have children who grow up to be smarter. Read more >

The De-Clutter Diet
Clearing your counters is a good way to cut calories. Messy kitchens promote snacking. Read more >

Good Old Garlic
Good Old Garlic Aged garlic extract can not only slow the advancement of atherosclerosis, but also reverse the early stages of heart disease Read more >

Help for Parents Hoping to Curb Sugary Drinks
Sometimes it's hard to keep kids from drinking sugary beverages. Warning labels on soft drinks can help. Read more >

Water and Weight Loss
Something as simple as putting electronic water dispensers in city schools can help reduce obesity and improve health. Read more >

Potatoes Are A Potential Pregnancy Risk
Pregnant women may want to cut down on their potato consumption. The tuber may raise the risk of gestational diabetes. Read more >

Fruit's Sexy Side Effect
Men who eat more fruit are at far less risk for erectile problems. It's all in the flavonoids. Read more >

A Litmus Test for Longevity
Subtle changes in pH balance can affect the longevity of older people — even if they are in good health. Read more >

It's A Game! It's An Ad! It's Advergame!
Candy companies are getting really sneaky in their efforts to get kids to eat more junk. Read more >

Mexico's Successful Sugar Tax
Mexico's tax on sugary beverages has had an impressive impact on consumption and, hopefully, health Read more >

The Size of An Order of Fries
The size of an order of fries has tripled in the past 50 years. Time to go retro. Read more >

More Than A Meal
Programs like Meals on Wheels do more than provide nutrition. They help combat loneliness. Read more >

Low-Carb Diets — More Good News
Elite athletes who eat a diet low in carbs burn fat at a much higher rate than those who pursue carb-loading. Read more >

What Millennials Do and Don't Know About Health
Millennials have grown up with fitness apps, farm shares, and online health sites. So are they healthier? Not necessarily... Read more >

The Breakfast of Academic Champions
A bit of attention to what you child eats in the morning can make a difference in their GPA. Read more >

Long Live Coffee Lovers
Go ahead, have that second or third cup of joe. It seems to lead to a longer life. Read more >

Sweet Hearts
Drinking too many sugary beverages can seriously increase a man's likelihood of heart problems. Read more >

Soy May Rival Meds For Bone Health
The isoflavones in soy products — and some foods — can offer thinning bones the help they need. Read more >

The Low-Fat Fallacy
A review of the success rates of people on low-fat and low-carb diets comes up with some good ideas. Read more >

Parents, Keep Pushing The Fruits And Veggies
What kids eat in childhood makes a big difference in what their hearts look like 20 years later. Read more >

The Kitchen Counter Diet
The weight of family members can be predicted by what's on the kitchen counter. Cereal? Snacks? Soda? Fruit? Read more >

The Soda Tax
Berkeley, CA has decided to tax sugary-drinks in a effort to reduce consumption. Will it work? Read more >

What Discount And Convenience Stores Are Doing To Our Health
There are good deals at wholesale food stores, but what they do to your health is not so good. Read more >

Full Of Beans
You don't have to go hungry to be healthy. You can feel full — and satisfied — without meat. Try it for one meal a week. Read more >

Where, When, and What You Eat
Try this app and you may find yourself staring at a photo of you mindlessly nibbling while pumping gas. Read more >

Fats Rise and Fall And Rise Again
There’s been a lot of flip-flopping on dietary fats in recent years. Here’s where we really are. Read more >

The Mediterranean Diet's Grand Slam
The Mediterranean Diet is good for the heart, metabolism, keeping our brains healthy, and at least one form of cancer. Read more >

Kids Eat Better At Daycare Than At Home
Amazingly, kids eat a healthier diet at day care than at home. And the extra calories they get at home are a major source of weight gain. Read more >

Short School Lunch Times Mean Less Nutrition
Many school children don't have enough time to eat a decent lunch, even if they want to. They need 25 to 30 minutes. Read more >

The Damage Sugary Drinks Do To Kids’ Hearts
Soda and sports drinks don't just encourage obesity. They can raise blood fats to dangerous levels. Read more >

Caught On Camera: Kids Behaving Normally
Cafeterias are putting more fruit and veggies on kids’ trays. But are they eating them? Read more >

It's Not About The Calories
Our rising obesity rates have led us to equate food with calories. But we really should be counting nutrients. Read more >

It’s What You Eat, Not How Much You Eat
It's good to watch your weight, but there is something even more important to your health. Read more >

High Protein Breakfasts Help Kids Lose Weight
Kids eat less later when they eat more early in the day. Give your kid an egg for breakfast. Read more >

The MIND Diet — Keep More of Your Marbles in Play
When aging adults ate from a group of specific foods, it slowed the decline in their cognitive abilities. Read more >

Southern Food: Good, But Not Good For You
Registered dietitian Beth Fontenot knows Southern cooking...and why it's one of the tastiest and unhealthiest cuisines around. Read more >

Sometimes Picky Eating Is Something More Serious
Lots of kids are picky eaters. But selective eating can be a sign of a more serious set of issues. Read more >

The Case of The Disappearing Bees
Bee colonies are collapsing worldwide. Now we may finally know why. Read more >

A Not-So-Secret Weapon Against Cardiovascular Disease
Eating fruits and vegetables raises the vitamin C in your blood and reduces your risk of heart disease. Read more >

Enlist Fruit in The Fight Against Weight Gain
An antioxidant in fruit helps turn white fat into brown, and that can mean good things when you step on the scale. Read more >

There's No Place Like Home
When you eat out, you consume far more fat, calories, and salt than when you eat at home. Fast food isn't even the biggest culprit. Read more >

Fitness Food? Think Again
Protein bars that are branded as “fitness” food are anything but. Read more >

The Veggie Chronicles
What's the best way to get babies to like veggies? You can try being sneaky, or you can try a different way that seems to work. Read more >

Nut Case
Eating nuts is even better for you than previously thought. But more is not better, and peanut butter may not count. Read more >

The Scales of Weight Loss
It's rarely recommended, but doing this every day could help you lose weight and keep it off. Read more >

Freedom of Choice Meets Health Policy
Behavioral economists have some interesting ideas about the best ways to improve our eating habits. Read more >

A Hack to Make Your Salad Even Healthier
Adding this ingredient to your salad helps your body take advantage of more of its antioxidants and other nutrients. Read more >

Clogged Hearts and Minds
Trans fats slow your memory just the same way they clog your heart. Read more >

About That Box of Chocolates...
You may not have to restrict yourself to dark chocolate — milk chocolate appears to have heart benefits, too. But... Read more >

Kids in U.S. Drinking Too Little Water Each Day
Inadequate hydration affects children’s physical, emotional, and mental functioning. Ideas for helping kids get enough. Read more >

Sugary Drinks and Fatty Livers
Drunk daily, sugary beverages can bring on liver disease. Artificially-sweetened beverages are safer. Read more >

Don't Cut That Cord — Yet!
Waiting a little longer to clamp the umbilical cord may help neurodevelopment – especially in boys. Read more >

Time to Can The Soda
Simply substituting water for sugar-sweetened soda can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

The Power of A List
A grocery list is a tried and true method for saving money and buying healthier food. Read more >

What Your Late Night Snacking Says About Your Brain
Many a diet has been done in by snacking, and late at night your brain is especially vulnerable. Read more >

Eat Well and Prosper: Healthy Menus Bring Restaurants More Business
You might think junk food is good business, but when menus get healthier, so does the bottom line. Read more >

Widely Varying Calorie Counts Undo Many A Diet
It's easy to gain weight when the calories in one dish (like pizza) vary so much from slice to slice Read more >

Potassium's Blood Pressure Protection Racket
The culprit in high blood pressure may not be salty foods. It may be a different mineral. Read more >

The CAN Approach Makes Healthy Food Choices Effortless
You can easily eat well. Just make sure nutrition food is convenient, attractive and a normal part of your life. Read more >

Leafy Greens Appear to Help Keep the Brain Sharp
Two or more servings of leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collards are an insurance marker against mental decline. Read more >

Which Weight-Loss Programs Are Backed by Science? Just Two, Study Finds
Not many diet plans have been backed by science. A new study finds two that really work. Read more >

Professional Chefs Help Improve Kids’ School Nutrition
When chefs develop the recipes used in school lunchrooms, kids eat better. But it takes time. Read more >

Breakfast Is Part of a Healthy...Educational Policy
Simply feeding low-income kids a decent breakfast raised test scores 25 percent. It's one of the easiest reforms around. Read more >

Food TV: Entertainment, or License to Indulge?
Cooking show mavens who try to duplicate TV meals at home gain more weight. Read more >

Vegetarian Diets Appear to Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancers
Adults worried about colorectal cancer might want to think about what they eat. Read more >

Diet Soda May Increase Belly Fat
Daily diet soda drinkers were far more rotund than people who drank them less often. Read more >

Drinking Coffee Can Reduce Coronary Artery Calcium
Moderate coffee consumption is good for the heart, especially the coronary arteries. Read more >

Health for Peanuts and Peanuts for Health
They're cheap, heart-healthy and provide antioxidants. Health food for the rest of us. Read more >

You Don't Need to Go to Extremes, Go Semi-Veggie
You don't have to go completely meatless to enjoy the major health benefits vegetables bring. Read more >

Deficiency of Vitamin D, Not BMI, Linked to Diabetes
Even overweight people have a reduced risk of diabetes if they have adequate levels of vitamin D. Read more >

Simply Eating More Fiber May Be All You Need to Do to Lose Weight
Eating more fiber can help people lose weight almost as well as cutting fat and calories. Read more >

Sugar-Sweetened Energy Drinks Associated With Inattention and Hyperactivity
Energy drinks can bring on attention and hyperactivity problems in children and teens that interfere with school. Read more >

Dietary Guidelines for Fructose Questioned in Light of Diabetes Rise
The dietary guidelines for fructose-based sugars are way too high, researchers have discovered. Read more >

Another Health Risk of Sugary Soda: Early Menstruation
Daily consumption of sugary soda can lead to early menstruation in girls. Read more >

Calorie Counts Give Parents Pause When Ordering for Their Children
When menus show calorie counts and an estimate of the exercise needed to work them off, people order smarter. Read more >

A Simple Switch Raises Kids' Fruit and Veggie Consumption
When schools made this simple, no-cost change, kids ate more fruit and vegetables at lunch. Read more >

Six Healthy Habits for Women’s Heart Health
Heart problems begin when you are young. Six lifestyle choices can make a difference into old age. Read more >

Beet Juice May Not Be So Great for Muscles after All
Beetroot juice may not help muscles during exercise quite as expected. Read more >

Too Much Milk is Bad for Kids' Waistlines
Milk is good for you, but parents may be tempted to let kids have more than is good for them. Read more >

How Much is Too Much When You Have a Food Allergy?
If you have a food allergy, vague warnings tell you little about the actual risks. Here's help. Read more >

Blueberries Keep Arteries Flexible and Blood Pressure Down
Go Blueberries! They even lower blood pressure in people at risk for heart problems. Read more >

Fast Food Can Slow Kids' Brains
Fast food can make kids fat. It doesn't do anything good for their brains, either. Read more >

Eating Whole Grains Lowers Mortality Rates
For every ounce of whole grains you eat, you could extend your life by 5%. Seems like a bargain. Read more >

Weigh Yourself Often for Better Weight Control
Getting on the scale isn't always good news, but it is a wonderful motivator and helps keep diets on track. Read more >

The Perils of the Night Shift
Shift work affects your body's ability to process energy, making it more likely you will gain weight. Read more >

The Virtues of The Mediterranean Diet Show Up on Chromosomes
The Mediterranean diet works by keeping our telomeres, and so our lives, longer. Read more >

Fasting Can Be Good for Many Areas of Health, Not Just Your Weight
Intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation, spur antioxidant enzymes and improve your metabolism. Read more >

What School Lunch Guidelines Need to Work Better
The environment of school cafeterias — and the amount of time kids have to eat — can have a big effect on how well kids eat at lunch. Read more >

Heart Score Helps Predict and Protect from the Risk of Cardiac Arrest
A new online calculator from Harvard will tell you just how healthy your heart is. Read more >

Vegetarian Diets Could Reduce Greenhouse Gasses Significantly
Vegetarian, pescetarian, and Mediterranean diets can do a lot to reduce greenhouse gasses. Read more >

Reduced-Sodium Meats Pose Danger for People with Kidney Disease
People with chronic kidney disease should beware of low-salt meats and other foods because they may contain dangerous levels of potassium. Read more >

Cafeteria Food Faces Off Against Brought-From-Home
School lunches take a lot of abuse, but a new study finds that they are healthier than we think. Read more >

Cholesterol Levels Reflect Number of Meals Eaten Away from Home
The number of meals you eat away from home has a big effect on body mass and cholesterol levels. Read more >

Chocolate Sharpens the Mind
Specific nutrients in chocolate stimulate brain areas associated with memory loss. But read before you indulge. Read more >

Choking on Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are nutritious, but they can also be dangerous if consumed dry. Who knew? Read more >

How Far You Have to Walk to Work Off a Soda
It takes 50 minutes of running or five miles of walking to work off the 250 calories in a can of soda. Read more >

Restaurants Are Cutting Calories
Restaurant chains have been introducing lower-calorie items. This could help diners keep weight off. Read more >

Grapefruit Lowers Glucose and Improves Weight Control
A compound in grapefruit lowers glucose as well as a common diabetes drug. Read more >

Fried Food Increases Risk for Gestational Diabetes
Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should try to limit the amount of fried food they eat, particularly when eating out. Read more >

An Apple A Day May Keep Obesity at Bay
When it comes to keeping the beneficial bacteria in your colon happy, one apple stands above the rest. It may even help keep weight off. Read more >

What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >

You Are What You (and Your Full-Figured Friends) Eat
Who you eat with can affect what you eat, especially if your friends are overweight. Read more >

Dry Roasting May Hold the Key to Peanut Allergies
Peanut allergies are almost unknown in Asia. How they are prepared may be the reason. Read more >

Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Real Metabolic Problems
Artificial sweeteners may cause the problems, such as glucose intolerance and diabetes, their use was intended to prevent. Read more >

Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
Making sure you have enough vitamin D is one way to guard against memory loss. Read more >

Crowdsourcing May Help People Make Smarter Food Choices
There's a new reason to take pictures of your meals — you can use them to get support and feedback to eat better. Read more >

Kids Choose Healthier Foods When Parents Spend Time Cooking
Time spent in the kitchen pays off in more than just good nutrition. Kids who eat mostly home-cooked meals choose healthier food when out. Read more >

Organic Foods Show Clear Nutritional Benefits
Not only do organic foods offer far more polyphenols and other antioxidants, they have far fewer pesticide residues. Read more >

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Ease Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Saturated fats worsen the symptoms of osteoarthritis, but omega-3 fats seem to help. Read more >

High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
Women with high cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer. But there's a possible treatment. Read more >

Dark Chocolate Shows Promise for Circulation Problems
People with peripheral artery disease were able to walk farther and faster after eating chocolate. Only certain kinds helped. Read more >

Preschoolers More Likely to Recognize Unhealthy Food Brands
What parents eat has the biggest effect on kids' food choices. But it would help if carrots or apples had the branding that junk foods do. Read more >

Eating Red Meat Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Women who regularly eat red meat from a young age have a greatly increased risk of breast cancer. Read more >

How A Dash of Olive Oil Helps Lower Blood Pressure
When olive oil is eaten with leafy greens, it sets in motion a process that lowers blood pressure. Read more >

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
Some foods offer more nutrition per calorie than others. A new list contains some obvious choices, but there are some surprises, too. Read more >

White Bread Will Make You Fat
Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. Read more >

Fasting May Reboot the Immune System
A couple days of fasting may help the immune system reboot. But don’t try it at home just yet. Read more >

Kids Need Early and Repeated Exposure to Veggies
You know the best way to keep kids healthy and at a good weight is to be sure vegetables are part of their diets. Here's how to make that happen. Read more >

Sugar Exerts Lasting Effects on the Heart
Sugar isn't just about gaining weight -- it's bad for your heart, too. Read more >

The Paleo Diet Is No Cure for Obesity, Appetite
The Paleo diet may be popular, but it does not appear to curb appetite or reduce obesity. It's not without benefits, however. Read more >

Flour Power May Lower Cholesterol and Fight Metabolic Syndrome
When a community substituted a modified form of wheat fiber for the flour in their diets, they saw a big reduction in cholesterol. Read more >

Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >

Home Food Environment Affects the Quality of Your Diet
Some homes are like Superfund sites -- toxic to healthy eating. A few changes can make eating better a lot easier. Read more >

Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >

Fiber Adds Years to Heart Attack Survivors' Lives
A cup or two of whole grain pasta may be all it takes to reduce your risk of another heart attack. Read more >

Kids' Food Portions Mirror Parents' Food Portions
Avoid that "finish your dinner" fight. Young children need smaller portions. Better they ask for more than not finish. Read more >

Let's Talk About It Over Dinner: When Blood Sugar Drops, Anger Levels Rise
Couples get angrier with each other when they are hungry, and they have the voodoo dolls to prove it. Read more >

Daily Coffee Fix Could Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >

Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >

Cholesterol Screening Offers Benefits for At-Risk Children
Almost a third of children 11 and under had problems with their cholesterol levels. Luckily, such early information means they can be improved. Read more >

Too Little Salt is Bad for You
Good news, salt lovers: A huge study has found that reducing sodium intake, even to recommended levels, can be bad for your health. Read more >

The Sweet Mystery of Chocolate Revealed
Bacteria in the gut like chocolate almost as much as we do. That's why it's so good for you. Read more >

It Pays to Offer Healthy Food Options
Having a few healthy options at the concession stand can improve waistlines and still maintain the bottomline. Go team! Read more >

Americans May Be Getting the Nutrition Message
A survey of Americans' eating habits finds they're eating at home more. Waistlines benefit. Read more >

Raw Milk Doesn't Ease Lactose Intolerance
There may be benefits to raw milk, but easing the symptoms of the lactose intolerant isn't one of them. Read more >

Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
Several research studies say saturated fats may have gotten a bad rap. The real cardio culprits are sugars and... Read more >

Teens' Breakfast Behaviors Predict Metabolic Syndrome
Kids who don't eat in the morning aren't just depriving themselves of nutrients, they are setting the stage for major health issues down the road. Read more >

The Road to Obesity Begins in Infancy
Overeating is so easy, even a child can do it. Parents and pediatricians can nip the tendency in the bud. Read more >

Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >

Shift Work's Negative Effect on Diet, Health
Does your job have you working days and sometimes nights? That can be bad news for your diet — and your health. Read more >

Down with The Good and Up with The Bad: Food Costs Fuel Obesity
When fruits and veggies cost less, people weigh less. High-priced soda helps, too Read more >

Fermented Dairy Foods — Like Yogurt — Reduce Diabetes Risk
Fermented milk products like yogurt, sour cream, kefir, and lassi can reduce diabetes risk by as much as 28 percent. Read more >

Vitamin E Could Slow Alzheimer's Progress
Vitamin E may help slow the mental decline of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, allowing them to remain independent longer. Read more >

Caffeine's Memory-Boosting Abilities
Your morning coffee doesn't just wake you up; it can help you remember things more clearly. Read more >

Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. Read more >

Healthy Eating May Be as Easy as Following Traffic Signals
When cafeteria food is labeled green, yellow, or red according to its nutritional value, people make healthier choices. Genius! Read more >

Preventing Diabetes with The Mediterranean Diet
Cut your risk of diabetes the Mediterranean way. Read more >

Two Studies Address Kids' Lunchroom Nutrition
Does making kids take servings of nutritious food actually improve their diets? Nope. Bribery works better. Read more >

Chemical in Grape Seed Extract Kills Prostate Cancer Cells
A compound in grape seed extract selectively kills prostate cancer cells. Read more >

Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >

When It Comes to Milk, Organic Really May Be Better
When it comes to milk at least, organic really does seem to be better. Read more >

The Myth of “Healthy Obesity”
It's all bad news: you can't be overweight and healthy. Period. Read more >

A Cholesterol - Breast Cancer Connection
Having high cholesterol raises the risk of breast cancer and appears to fuel its spread. Read more >

Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better Read more >

A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >

Blueberries Really Are "Superfoods" for the Heart
Eating blueberries can improve cardiovascular functioning. Read more >

A Short Course in Eating Better
It takes surprisingly little to help people shop smarter and eat better. Time for a tune up. Read more >

Study Helps Dieters Choose the Best Weight-Loss Apps
Your cell phone can be a valuable diet ally. Just be sure to use apps grounded in scientific evidence. Read more >

Compound in Vegetables Offers Protection from The Effects of Radiation
Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >

Some Reassurance Regarding Mercury in Fish
Little of the mercury in our blood actually comes from fish. Go for those omega-3s! Read more >

Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >

Artificial Sweeteners Increase the Brain's Sugar Cravings
That no-cal sweetener you put in your coffee may actually increase your craving for sugar. Read more >

Celiac Disease and Lymphoma Risk
Celiac disease can set the stage for cancer, if inflammation in the intestine is not controlled. Read more >

Bad Nutrition: Baby Food Is Promoted for Babies Too Young to Need It
Breastfeeding is best for babies six months old and younger. Read more >

Simple Routines Help Kids Lose Weight
Just a few small changes at home help kids avoid the kind of weight gain that leads to obesity. Read more >

Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Stroke Risk
The Mediterranean diet appears to counteract the influence of genes in a healthy way. Score one for nutrition. > Read more >

High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk
The higher your blood sugar, the greater your risk for dementia, whether you have diabetes or not. Read more >

Could Your Sweet Tooth Be Killing You?
Our ideas about the "right" amount of sugar in the diet may need adjusting. Weight is not the issue. Read more >

BPA and the Chlorine in Tap Water, A Bad Combination
BPA meets chlorine as water flows through plastic or PVC pipes. The combo disrupts cell signals. Read more >

Breakfast May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Coronary Disease Death
Having a good breakfast reduces the risk of heart disease and can even help you lose weight. Read more >

Blood Type Diets Don't Make the Cut
There is no evidence that blood type diets improve health or make weight-loss easier. Read more >

Researchers Cast Doubt on The Virtues of Low-Fat Milk
Whole milk is fattening, right? Not so fast says a group from Harvard's School of Public Health. Read more >

Breastfeeding Promotes Brain Development
Breast milk builds the fatty covering around nerves so babies' brain circuits become superhighways. Read more >

Childhood Iron Deficiency's Long-Term Effects
Babies with low iron run the risk of a range difficulties that persist into adulthood. Read more >

Are Refined Carbs the Key to Food Addiction?
Addicted to carbs: Foods like soda and refined flour light up the brain the same way drugs do. Read more >

Omega 3s Role in Bone Health
Omega 3 fatty acids, found in swordfish and tuna, appear to strengthen bones. Omega 6s don't. Read more >

BPA Appears to Increase the Risk of Obesity in Teenaged Girls
The plastic additive BPA has been linked to obesity in teenaged girls. Read more >

Plants Get A Healthy Boost from Circadian Rhythms
Fruits and vegetables show cyclic changes in healthy phytochemicals even after being harvested. Read more >

Expectant Mom's Diet May Determine Child's Bone Health
Mothers' prenatal diets appear to set the stage for children's bone development for years after birth. Supplements are not enough. Read more >

Artificial Sweeteners Affect Sugar Metabolism
Sucralose appears to affect insulin metabolism in people who are overweight. Read more >

A National Map to Reveal What We Really Eat
A national project tracks what we buy and offers some bad news: the calorie counts on labels may be wrong. Read more >

Study Finds Probiotics in Yogurt Affect Brain
You really are what you eat. The probiotics in yogurt actually change the chemistry of your brain. Read more >

Restaurant Meals Could Be Wrecking Your Diet
The average restaurant meal serves up half the calories you need in a day. Read more >

Eating Peppers Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Eating peppers regularly lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Read more >

Kids Need Magnesium for Healthy Bones
When it comes to bone density, children need magnesium as much, if not more than calcium. Read more >

Hungry Grocery Shoppers Purchase More Calories
Weight-loss starts at the store. Eat first; shop later. Read more >

The Benefits of Community Gardens Go Beyond Good Food
Gardening work is good for your weight. Ask any community gardener. It's truly a hoe-down. Read more >

The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >

Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >

Organic Food Labels Can be Deceiving
A sneaky study uncovers the organic halo effect when it comes to food. Read more >

Vitamin D Reduces Hypertension Risk in African Americans
African Americans suffer disproportionately from hypertension. A lack of vitamin D may the cause. Read more >

Certain Minerals May Reduce Symptoms of PMS
Women with good levels of a certain form of iron are less prone to PMS. Potassium is another story. Read more >

Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >

Too Much Sodium in the Diet May Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >

Mississippi Passes An "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill
Good job Mississippi, no soda bans for you! The state with the highest obesity rate passes a law to protect its standing. Read more >

Doctors Who Cook Give Better Nutrition Advice
Tom Colicchio won't be operating any time soon, but he and other top chefs can teach doctors and help patients. Read more >

The Bitter Truth about Sugar
The World Health Organization reviews the global effects of sugar on obesity. Guess what they found. Read more >

Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been found to shorten life, especially if eaten frequently. Read more >

Feeding Dairy Cows Flaxseed Makes Milk, Mozzarella, Healthier
Feeding cows flaxseed supplements raised the polyunsaturates in the milk and cheese they produced. Read more >

Small Reductions in Salt Intake Would Have a Big Impact on Health
Cutting our salt intake by just a few grains a day would have an enormous impact on our collective health. Read more >

Vitamin D Content Varies Widely in Supplements
When you take a vitamin, each pill contains the amount listed on the label, right? Think again. Read more >

Smarter Lunchrooms Help Kids Make Better Lunch Choices
Children need to be encouraged — not forced — to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more >

Taking A Second Look at Polyunsaturated Fats
Certain kinds of polyunsaturated fatty acids appear not to offer the heart protective benefits we expect. Read more >

Fruits and Veggies Can Improve Your Mood
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables actually seems to improve people's moods. Read more >

Vegetarians' Hearts Are Healthier than Those of Meat Eaters
A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >

Eating Your Biggest Meal Earlier in the Day Can Boost Weight Loss
People who eat their biggest meal earlier in the day are more successful at losing weight. Read more >

Whole Grain Stamp Doesn't Tell the Whole Story
The ratio of fiber to carbs is what you want to look for when choosing whole grains. Read more >

Changes in Nutrition Labeling May Improve Consumer Choices
Nutrition labels on foods that seem to be single serving sizes often show the calories and fat for two -- giving us twice load we expect. Read more >

Special Flavonoids in Berries Reduce Heart Attack Risk
You can reduce plaque build-up in arteries just by eating the flavonoids found in deeply red- and blue-colored berries and vegetables. Read more >

Eating More Fast Food Is Linked to Kids' Risk for Asthma and Eczema
Eczema and asthma have been linked to fast food consumption in kids. Another reason rates are soaring. Read more >

New York's WIC Program Makes a Dent in Childhood Obesity
The NYC WIC program plays a big role in reducing childhood obesity. Read more >

Flavor Comes in Many Colors
Cocoa served in cups of a certain color tastes better. Read more >

Survey Says Dietitians Can Help Physicians Treat Obesity
What happens when physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals work together to curb obesity? Progress. Read more >

Fructose on the Brain: How the Infamous Sugar Affects Appetite
Fructose, the sugar in high fructose corn syrup, appears to leave the brain craving more food. Read more >

How Many Miles to Walk Off a Burger?
When people are faced with how long it will take them to walk off the calories they are eating, they eat less. Read more >

Even Occasional Family Meals Increase Kids’ Fruit and Veggie Intake
Don't leave kids to fend for themselves at mealtime. Eating togther improves nutrition in a big way. Of course, what you serve matters, too. Read more >

Confused About Omega-3s? Just Eat Fish
To eat omega-3s or not, that is the question. Read more >

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
If you think HFCS is just another form of sugar, think again. Read more >

Too Many Toxic Chemicals Making Their Way into Food
Probably the easiest way to lower acrylamide exposure is to avoid or minimize eating potato chips, tortilla chips and French fries. Read more >

Deficiency of Vitamin D in Diabetics May Lead to Clogged Arteries
Good levels of vitamin D prevent the sticky buildup that causes heart problems in diabetics. Read more >

A Backwards Approach to Weight Loss
Before you start a diet, it can help to learn how to keep weight off first. Read more >

Antioxidant in Red Wine Could Enhance Prostate Cancer Treatment
Dr. Tip: The antioxidant found in red wine and red grape juice could help enhance prostate cancer treatment. Read more >

Researchers See Caffeine's Effect in the Brain
Scans show just what caffeine does to the brain. It may protect us from dementia. Read more >

Free Fruit for Kids = Less Junk Food
Making fruit freely-accessible is a good way to raise kids' fruit consumption, and reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks they eat. Read more >

Increased Calcium Intake Reduces Risk of Hyperparathyroidism
Parathyroids are only the size of grains of rice, but can cause bone loss, cancer, and depression... Read more >

Tomatoes Lower the Risk of Stroke
Lycopene, found in tomatoes, can help prevent strokes. Read more >

Omega-3's Slow the Aging Process
Telomeres, bits of DNA, grow shorter with age which leads to cell malfunctioning. But diets... Read more >

Brain Changes in the Obese May Make it Harder to Lose Weight
Overeating changes your brain, making it more and more difficult to regulate consumption. Read more >

Is Vitamin D The Elusive Cure For The Common Cold?
Vitamin D has not been found to prevent or reduce the severity of colds. Read more >

BPA Linked to Obesity in Kids and Pre-Teens
Children and teens with high levels of BPA were over two and a half times more likely to be obese... Read more >

Sugary Drinks, the Obesity Epidemic, and New York City's "Soda Ban"
For people predisposed obesity, drinking lots of sugary beverages "amplifies" the effects of one's genes. Read more >

Pay Attention and Eat Less
Reducing your intake of unhealthy snacks and foods begins with paying attention to what you are eating. Read more >

Can Walnuts Help Solve Male Fertility Problems?
The fatty acids in walnuts appear to improve the mobility and vitality of sperm. Read more >

No Nutritional Advantage to Organic Food
A large study has found organic food is not nutritionally superior. But health and environmental effects are another story. Read more >

Going Online Can Help You Lose Weight, But Does It Beat Face-to-Face?
Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >

Healthy Diet Leads to Better IQ in Kids
There is strong evidence that what an infant eats from six to 24 months can have a significant effect on IQ at eight years of age. Read more >

How Red Meat (and the Way You Cook It) Can Lead to Cancer
We're learning more about why eating red meat may increase our risk for cancer. Read more >

In Denial About Your Weight?
People often underestimate their weight, which can blind them to the need to lose weight. When you see your doctor, get on the scale. Read more >

Grapefruit Juice Could Help Reduce the Necessary Dose of Chemotherapy Drugs
Adding a glass of grapefruit juice can enhance the effect of an anti-cancer drug. And with no... Read more >

Lack of Vitamin D May Increase Risk of Death In Older Adults
Weight loss of greater than 5 percent; exhaustion; decreased grip strength; slow walking; and decreased physical activity indicate frailty. Read more >

Successful Weight Loss Depends on Three Behaviors
Research has found that keeping a food journal, not skipping meals, and avoiding eating out can all help you lose weight. Read more >

Cranberry Products May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Cranberry products may be an effective way to preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read more >

Eating Out May Be A Little Healthier After Menu Law
The Affordable Care Act will require that more restaurants put calorie and fat information on menus. Read more >

Influencing Flavor Preferences Begins During Pregnancy
What you eat while you are pregnant can influence your baby's food and flavor preferences. Read more >

Could Where You Live Be Making You Fat?
Where you live and the roads on which you drive have a big impact on the likelihood you will become obese. Read more >

Can't Lose Weight? Try a Different Color Plate
The color contrast between your plate and your food can prompt you to eat more, or less... Read more >

Potent, Natural Anti-Clotting Agent Found
Rutin, a flavonoid, helps block clot formation. It may provide a lower-risk alternative to Warfarin. Read more >

Right Salad, Wrong Dressing?
Fat-free salad dressings prevent the absorption of nutrients. But certain heart-healthy oils do not. Read more >

Calcium Supplements: Is It Time To Question Accepted Practice?
Calcium supplements cause a spike in blood calcium levels which may deposit too much of the mineral in the body at one time. Read more >

Heart Benefits of Chocolate Good for A Decade
A little dark chocolate every day may actually offer some heart benefits for those with metabolic syndrome. Read more >

Significant Cost Savings Linked To Keeping Obesity Rate In Check
The cost savings of better health are as astronomical as those of medical care... Read more >

Better than a Diet and Easier, Too
Reducing TV time and increasing one's consumption of fruit and vegetables are two relatively painless ways to improve health. Read more >

In-Store Nutrition Education Improves Grocery Purchases
People make better food choices when stores label foods according to their health benefits... Read more >

Low-Fat Dairy May Reduce Stroke Risk
Eating and drinking low-fat dairy products reduced the risk of stroke in a large study... Read more >

Licorice, The Medicinal Plant of 2012
Licorice helps reduces blood sugar levels and prevents insulin resistance and fatty liver disease... Read more >

Vitamin D, Sunscreen and Children's Brainpower
If you use sunscreen to protect your child's skin, are you also preventing vitamin D synthesis... Read more >

Low GI Foods: The Breakfast of Champions
Eating low glycemic index foods can help prevent blood sugar spikes and overeating throughout the day. Read more >

Tried and True Methods of Weight Loss Work Best
For the overweight, the most effective, proven weight loss strategy is eating less fat and exercising more. Read more >

The Easiest Way to Lose Weight
Replacing your can of soda with water or a diet drink is one of the best diet strategies around. Read more >

Brown Rice Syrup: Trading Fructose for Arsenic?
Brown rice syrup, used in baby formulas and energy bars, contains arsenic, exceeding safe limits... Read more >

Popcorn Deserves More Respect
Air-popped popcorn actually has a great concentration of antioxidant polyphenols than most fruits and vegetables. Read more >

Berries Are Beneficial To The Brain
Berries change the way that neurons in the brain communicate. This may prevent inflammation in the brain that can damage neurons. Read more >

Hiding Veggies in Other Foods May Not Be the Best Way to Get Kids to Eat Healthy
Hiding vegetables in children's food can backfire. Read more >

Chocolate Lovers Are Thinner
People who eat chocolate regularly tend to weigh less, though it's not clear why. Read more >

Are Fried Foods Back on the Table?
The kind of oil you fry foods in has a big effect on how unhealthy it is. Read more >

Kids' Sugar Consumption Down, But Not Enough
The Centers of Disease Control have released a report on sugar consumption. Read more >

More Insight into How the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Body and Mind
People who follow the Mediterranean diet do better mentally as they age. Now we know why... Read more >

Bad News for Red Meat Lovers
Eating red meat, particularly processed meats like bacon and hot dogs, is associated with a greater risk of early death. Read more >

Dietary Magnesium Cuts Stroke Risk
Being deficient in magnesium raises your risk of stroke. It's better to eat foods with this mineral than take a supplement. Read more >

Urinary Tract Infections May Be Caused By Bacteria in Food
The bacteria that cause some UTIs may come from contaminated foods. Careful food practices are essential. Read more >

Citrus Fruits May Have Special Benefit For Women
A medium orange contains approximately 60 calories while a cup of orange juice contains twice that amount. Read more >

Achieving Your Goal: a Plan and a Partner Can Help
You are much more likely to stick with an exercise program and a diet if you have a partner and a plan. Read more >

Calories: Total Trumps Source When Dieting
When it comes to weight loss, the bottom line is calories consumed, not the type of calories consumed. Read more >

"Western" Diet May Contribute to ADHD
Sugar, preservatives and allergies have been thought to contribute to attention deficits... Read more >

Children May Eat More When Served Less
There is a really simple way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables: reduce the size of their main course. Read more >

Eat Mindfully at Restaurants and Lose Weight
It can be done; you just have to know some of the tricks that make it possible, like sharing... Read more >

Ending the Low Fat Muffin Myth
A typical low-fat muffin may sound heart-healthy, but its downfall is its size and the sugar, sodium, and calories it contains. Read more >

The FDA Tackles Antibiotic Resistance, Targets Farm Animals
The government plans to curb antibiotic use in food animals, hoping to reduce antibiotic-resistance. Read more >

Low Protein Diets Make For Misleading Weight Loss
A diet high in carbohydrates and fat with low protein can cause a gain in body fat that is out of proportion to the calories consumed. Read more >

The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >

Preference For Salt Shaped Early in Life
When introducing solids, parents should try to avoid giving infants cereals and crackers with... Read more >

Oh No! Not the Cookie Dough!
Eating raw cookie dough is a bad idea. Unbaked flour can contain bacteria that may cause foodborne illness. Read more >

Mid-Morning Snacks May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts
Snacking may be hazardous to your diet. It can be a sign of mindless eating. Read more >

Energy Drinks Responsible for More ER Visits
Energy drink-fueled visits to the ER have risen 1600 percent since 2005. Read more >

Eating Canned Soup Raises BPA Levels in Your Body
Soup cans may contain BPA, a known toxin. People who ate canned soup had higher levels of this toxin in their bodies. Read more >

Too Much Iron Might Be Harmful to Infants
Having a hemoglobin, or iron, level that is too high carries many of the same risks as having a level that is too low. Read more >

Good Nutrition Matters to Sperm
Good nutrition and lifestyle choices improve sperm counts. Read more >

Say Cheese! It May Be Good for Your Heart
A study finds cheese consumption didn't raise total cholesterol. The same was not true for butter. Read more >

Are You Really Reading the Nutrition Facts?
If we read road signs as poorly as we do nutritional labels, ten car pile-ups would be commonplace. Read more >

The Secret Life of Saturated Fat Exposed
Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >

Early Introduction of Solid Foods Doesn't Affect Baby's Growth
Introducing solids earlier may increase an infant's weight gain in the near term, but has little overall effect. Read more >

Can Parents Complete with Clever Marketing to Kids?
It's hard to compete with clever marketing, but you can help your kids make better food choices with consistent encouragement. Read more >

Omega-3s: Not So Heart Healthy?
The men in a Danish study did not seem to benefit from the fatty acids in fish. Is something else... Read more >

Controlled Portions Help With Weight Loss
Restricting yourself to a lunch of 200 calories can be a fairly painless way to lose weight. Read more >

College Students Fail at Good Nutrition
Most college students don't even eat one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. Guess how many... Read more >

Chocolate: Good for the Heart and Brain
Chocolate, but not fat or sugar that so often go along with it, appears to improve cardiovascular health. Read more >

Banned Weight Loss Supplement Still in Use
The banned weight loss supplement Pai You Guo is showing up masquerading as a "natural" supplement.. Read more >

High Cholesterol? Maybe It's What You're NOT Eating
Adding cholesterol-lowering foods to our diets is just as important to our hearts as reducing our intake of fat. Read more >

Serial Salmonella Outbreaks Raise Questions
The best protection against Salmonella and other food-borne pathogens is proper handling, storage and cooking of meat and poultry. Read more >

Heavy Drinking Affects Diet Quality
Heavy drinkers often have poor diets. A double whammy when it comes to the risk for disease. Read more >

Stimulating Environments Helps Give White Fat the Calorie-Burning Power of Brown Fat
In mice, living in a more stimulating envronment was linked to more calorie-burning brown fat. Is the same true for humans? Read more >

Fuzzy Logic: How Healthy Behavior Can Encourage Health Risks
Too often people believe that taking vitamins will protect you from the damage from bad habits like smoking. This is not true. Read more >

Spicy Foods May Reduce the Effects of a High Fat Meal
A study has found that eating fatty foods seasoned with herbs and spices can reduce triglycerides... Read more >

Study Links Folate to Better Grades
Folate, a B vitamin, and folic acid, its synthetic version, have been linked to better school performance. Read more >

Hidden Veggies Increase Kids' Intake
Including some pureed vegetables in foods your children already love is a good way to help them on the path to healthier eating. Read more >

Restaurant Calorie Counts Misleading to Dieters
Calorie counts in the menus of your favorite chain restaurant often underreport the actual values... Read more >

Certain Personality Traits Linked to More Weight Gain
People who have certain personality traits, like impulsivity and cynicism, are more likely to gain weight over time. Read more >

Grape Seed Extract - and Perhaps Red Wine - May Fend off Alzheimer's
Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow... Read more >

Too Much Salt, Too Little Potassium Linked to Heart Risk
Eating too much salt and too little potassium is an especially dangerous combination. It doubles your risk of a heart attack. Read more >

Eating Nuts Can Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar
Eating nuts instead of carbohydrates can help diabetics control their blood sugar. Read more >

Losing Weight vs. Maintaining Weight: Different Strategies Required
Once you have lost weight, you need to have a different set of strategies for keeping it off in order to avoid gaining it back. Read more >

Soluble Fiber Trims Belly Fat
Soluble fiber is helpful in reducing the visceral fat that accumulates around the waist and belly. Read more >

Healthy Lifestyle Reduces the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death in Women
SCD is sudden cardiac death. It is the largest cause of natural death in the United States and is responsible for half of all cardiac deaths Read more >

It's the Little Things - Like Chips - That Add the Pounds
The weight gained with aging is primarily due to dietary and lifestyle choices - like having an extra handful of chips. Read more >

Broccoli, the Key to a Longer Life?
Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables - like broccoli and cauliflower - appears to be related to a longer life. Read more >

How Eating Light May Make You Heavy
Fat and sugar substitutes may not help you lose weight in the long run because the craving for lots of fat and sweets remains. Read more >

Untreated Celiac Women Go Through Menopause Earlier
Women with undiagnosed celiac disease go through menopause earlier than celiac women who follow a gluten-free diet. Read more >

Olive Oil May Offer Stroke Protection
Olive oil's heart protective benefits are well known, and using it for cooking may also help prevent strokes. Read more >

Prolonged Bottle Use Linked to Obesity
Children still being bottle-fed at two years old are 33% more likely to be obese. Read more >

Patients with Stents May Benefit from Omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the likelihood of blood clots forming in patients who have received stents. Read more >

Apples May Protect Muscles Against Atrophy
Apples contain ursolic acid, which helps preserve muscle tissue and prevent the wasting that comes with age. Read more >

Probiotic Products and Other Dietary Supplements: Consumers Beware
FDA directs US Marshals to seize several probiotics because their labels made false treatment claims Read more >

USDA Lowers Recommended Cooking Temperature for Pork: Pink is OK
New USDA guidelines mean that beef, lamb, veal and now pork have the same recommended cooking temp.. Read more >

MyPyramid is Out. MyPlate is In
Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables is a good start on a healthy diet. Read more >

Cutting Out Gluten May Work for Even Asymptomatic Celiac Patients
People with celiac disease showing few or no symptoms may still benefit by going gluten-free. Read more >

Is That Salad Really a Salad?
Dieters, don't be fooled by healthy-sounding descriptions. A salad with meat and cheese is likely to be highly caloric. Read more >

Diabetes Risk Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels
People with low levels of vitamin D are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Taste, Price Are Bigger Influences in Food Choice than Calories
Taste and price drive food most people's food choices. Many don't even know how many calories... Read more >

Bone Health: More Controversy Over Calcium and Vitamin D
Recent research suggests that taking calcium raises heart risk. But what about osteoporosis? Read more >

FTC Urges Courts to Shut Down Fake Health Sites, Reimburse Consumers
The FTC urges courts to crack down on fake news sites' phony claims about acai berry and weight loss Read more >

More Americans Using Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements can be helpful, but they cannot make up for an unhealthy diet. Read more >

Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
Coffee and donuts may be a bad idea. Caffeine interferes with the body's ability to clear sugars from the blood. Read more >

Health Care Reform: Restaurants to Post Calories
Nutrition labeling, including calories, is now the law for big restaurant chains... Read more >

FDA Panel Votes to Reject Warning Labels on Artificially Colored Foods: Good Move?
Some studies show a link between artificial dyes and ADHD. So why did the FDA reject warning labels? Read more >

High Fructose Corn Syrup De-Mystified
All sugars are basically the same, but some seem to pose a greater risk of weight gain than others. Read more >

Many People Rate Themselves as Normal Even When Overweight: What's Changed?
People who are seriously overweight tend not to see themselves as being as heavy as they are... Read more >

Chocolate: The Good, the Bad, and the... Tasty!
Cocoa contains flavanols that have health benefits, but they may be lost or reduced in the commercial processing of chocolate. Read more >

Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >

The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
Tomatoes are one of the few fruit and vegetables that are even better for you when cooked. Read more >

Potassium-Rich Diet May Reduce Stroke Risk
A diet rich in potassium can reduce the risk of stroke, but some need to be careful. Read more >

Vitamin D: How Much Is Enough? How Much Is Too Much?
There's more evidence that at high doses vitamin D greatly reduces cancer risk. But what about... Read more >

Fiber For A Longer Life
A study of 400,000 people over 50 found that those who ate lots of fiber tended to live longer. Read more >

Can Trans-Fats Cause Depression?
Trans-fats, or hydrogenated oils seem to raise the risk of depression. Read more >

Zinc May Shorten the Common Cold
Taking zinc at the first sign of a cold can reduce its duration. Read more >

Antioxidants May Combat Male Infertility
Antioxidants appear to improve male fertility, reducing damaging oxidative stress on sperm... Read more >

Starting Baby on Solids Too Soon May Pose Obesity Risk Later
Introducing solid foods too early raises the risk of obesity... Read more >

Vegans, What's Missing from Your Diet
Vegans should be aware that their diet may mean they need to boost their B12 and omega-3 consumption. Read more >

The Good News About Beer
Beer really is good for you - more isn't better, but the nutritional benefits are many and real... Read more >

Getting That Healthy Glow — With Vegetables
Carotenoids – found in certain foods – can improve skin tone with no cancer risk... Read more >

Diet and ADHD: The Debate Continues
Are kids with ADHD just exhibiting an allergic response to certain foods? Read more >

Helping Overweight Children by Teaching Parents
Educating parents about healthy lifestyles and nutrition is a very good way to reduce childhood obesity. Read more >

Proposed Guidelines Will Make School Food Healthier
Updates to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program lower fat and salt and increase greens Read more >

Infant Formulas Are Not All the Same
When it comes to babies' weight gain, not all formulas are alike. Which is right for your baby? Read more >

High Sugar Intake in Teens May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Teens who eat a diet high in added sugars have higher "bad" LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides. Read more >

New Antibiotics Brings Relief to IBS Sufferers
A new antibiotic may bring significant relief to IBS sufferers; but will it work over the long-term? Read more >

Olive Oil and Leafy Greens Help Women's Hearts
Leafy greens and olive oil help protect women from heart disease. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >

Echinacea: Not All It's Cracked Up To Be, Say Researchers
A small study finds this ancient herbal remedy doesn't cut the length or severity of a cold by much. Read more >

Beneficial Bacterial in the Gut May Prevent Autoimmune Diseases
Beneficial bacteria stimulates the immune system, suggesting a new way to treat colitis. Read more >

Healthy Eaters Live Longer and Better
Seniors who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy live longer and better. Read more >

Whole-Grains as Effective as Medication for High Blood Pressure
Eating whole grains can reduce systolic blood pressure. Read more >

Foodborne Illness Hits Nearly 1 in 6 Americans
Much of protecting against foodborne illness is common sense: cleaniness, proper refrigeration, cooking food thoroughly. Read more >

New Recommendations for Vitamin D and Calcium
The daily requirements for calcium and vitamin D have been changed to avoid certain problems, but controversy remains. Read more >

Revamping School Nutrition from Vending Machines Up
Vending machines full of junk food? A new landmark nutrition bill is a game changer. Read more >

How Low Fat Diets Increase Heart Disease Risk
Having some fat in your diet is actually good for your heart. What matters is what kind of fat you eat. Read more >

Many Kids Skipping Meals and Snacking Instead
When kids skip meals, they snack instead which raises the chance they will take in empty calories... Read more >

Go Online to Take Off Weight
Want to lose weight? Let your computer or cell phone help you. Online feedback can improve results. Read more >

Stress Not So Bad for the Belly
Stress isn't behind as much weight gain as was previously thought, but there are sex differences... Read more >

Adding Monounsaturated Fats to Diet May Boost Heart Health
Monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts, avocados, seeds and olive oil can help you raise your good — HDL — cholesterol. Read more >

Whole Grains May Reduce the Belly
Eating more whole grains (and fewer refined grains) can help reduce belly fat, and your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more >

Vitamin B12 Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Higher B12 levels are linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >

How to Deal with Food Labels
Don't be misled by health claims on food labels. Read the nutrition information on packages to get the full picture. Read more >

Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >

Sports Drinks: Soda in Disguise?
Don't let the term, "sports drink" fool you. Often these drinks have nearly as many calories as soda. Reach for water instead. Read more >

Fighting Back Against Diabetes
Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the health impact of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Study: No Effect from Taking Popular Arthritis Supplements
Joint supplements for arthritis have, unfortunately, not been demonstrated to help ailing joints. Read more >

B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
People taking high doses of B vitamins had less brain shrinkage than those who didn't... Read more >

FDA Finds Disturbing Situation at Egg Farms Behind Salmonella Recall
The FDA says Salmonella was found in chicken feed and mounds of feces on the egg farms in the recall Read more >

Black Rice Rivals Blueberries in Antioxidant Powers
Black rice may rival blueberries in the amount of vitamin E antioxidants it contains. Read more >

Water: The Dieter's Best Friend
Drinking water before meals can increase weight loss by 40%. Read more >

Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >

Proteins Other Than Red Meat Are Better for Women's Hearts
Women who get their protein from sources other than red meats have healthier hearts. Read more >

Think It's OK to Gain a Few Pounds? Not for Blood Vessels, Researchers Say
Losing just a few pounds, especially around your middle, may help your blood vessels work better. Read more >

Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >

Too Much Mac-N-Cheese? Lure Your Kids to Healthy Eating With a Little Fun
Adding some fun activities to meal preparation improves kids' attitude toward fruits and vegetables. Read more >

Calcium May Help the Bones, but Does It Hurt the Heart?
Calcium supplements may strengthen the bones, but they may also raise the risk of heart attack... Read more >

Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >

Fish for the Eyes
Eating fish rich in healthy fats may help protect the eyes. Read more >

Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >

Biggest Losers Do Better
Slower may not always better when it comes to weight loss. Losing a fair amount of weight quickly tends to lead to better results. Read more >

New Weight Loss Drugs Seems Promising, But FDA Still to Rule
Lorcaserin seems to help people slim down with fewer side-effects than past drugs. Will FDA approve? Read more >

The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >

CDC Says Salsa, Guacamole Account for Too Many Restaurant-Related Illnesses
Salsa and guacamole are major sources of restaurant-related illness. Too often, they are not refrigerated adequately. Read more >

Why Are So Many Children Overweight?
When it comes to helping kids lose weight, exercise is very important; but reducing calories is the most important first step. Read more >

Beet Juice as a Natural Blood Pressure Medicine
People who drank a glass of beet juice had a maximum drop of 10.4 points systolic blood pressure. Read more >

Only 10% of Americans Are Eating the Right Amount of Salt, Reports CDC
Most Americans are getting too much salt, and most of it comes from processed foods. Read more >

High Tea Consumption Linked to Heart Health
A study of 37,000 people over 13 years found that drinking 3 to 6 cups of tea a day reduced the risk of heart disease by over 40%. Read more >

Why We Favor Fatty Over Healthy Foods
The "hunger hormone" ghrelin not only makes you hungry, it also appears to make you crave. Read more >

Lack of Vitamin D May Aggravate Asthma
Children with insufficient vitamin D are more likely to experience severe asthma attacks... Read more >

Obesity Takes Toll on Sex Life, Sexual Health
Obese individuals report reduced sex life, more STDs, sexual dysfunction, and unwanted pregnancies. Read more >

Diabetes More Likely for White Rice Eaters than Brown Rice Eaters
Eating whole grains, such as barley and brown rice lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Fructose May Increase Fat Cells in Kids
If fructose didn't already have a bad enough rap, now it seems to help kids' fat cells proliferate. Read more >

Cartoon Characters May Sway Kids to Make Poor Food Choices
Kids say foods taste better when cartoon characters are on the label... Read more >

FDA Issues Warning for Parents to Measure Carefully When Giving Babies Vitamin D
Make sure your baby gets the proper amount of vitamin D Read more >

FDA Seizes $32,000 Worth of Tainted Chinese-Imported Honey
The FDA has found a potentially fatal drug in honey from China, adding evidence to support concerns. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Helps Hearts That Have Already Had Trouble
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet helps protect the heart from a second attack. Read more >

Less Sugar, Lower Blood Pressure
Drink one less serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (such as sweet tea, lemonade or soda) and you can lower your blood pressure. Read more >

High-Bran Diets May Help Diabetics Live Longer
Eating diets high in bran may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more >

To Lower Cholesterol, Researchers Say, Go a Little Nuts
Eating a handful of nuts every day is a good way to reduce your cholesterol and blood fat levels. Read more >

Another Benefit of Broccoli: Breast Cancer Treatment
A compound in broccoli called sulforaphane may stop the growth of breast cancer stem cells. Read more >

A Simple Way to Eat Less
Keep serving platters off the table during meals and reduce calories by 20%. Read more >

Secrets of the Mediterranean Diet May Lie in the Olive Oil
Olive oil is a big reason why the Mediterranean diet is healthful. The phenols in it suppress genes involved in inflammation. Read more >

Vitamin D: Are Babies Getting Enough?
When babies begin to eat solids they are particularly at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Read more >

Does Cola Lower Sperm Count?
A study of 18-year-olds found that those who drank the most cola were more likely to have low sperm Read more >

New Study Shows Only Small Connection between Fruits, Veggies and Reduced Cancer Risk
While the exact relationship between fruits, vegetables, and cancer risk has not yet been determined, it can't hurt to continue eating... Read more >

Don't Replace Saturated Fats with Carbs If You Want to Help Your Heart, Study Finds
Replacing saturated fats with low-glycemic foods - not high-glycemic foods - may be a good way to reduce heart attack risk. Read more >

High-Protein Diet May Increase Bad Cholesterol, Study Finds
You may lose weight on a high−protein, low−carb diet, but you are also likely to be raising your "bad" cholesterol. Read more >

Diet and Cholesterol in Middle Age and Beyond
Even older adults, including those taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, can lower their cholesterol further by cutting down on butter and satu Read more >

Adequate Selenium in Diet May Reduce Esophageal, Stomach Cancers
Selenium is found in meats, grains and nuts. It can be toxic if too much is taken, but adequate amounts seem to reduce cancer risk. Read more >

Researchers Discover Why Apples May Actually “Keep the Doctor Away”
It appears apples provide beneficial bacteria and a pH environment that keep the intestines healthy and the doctor away. Read more >

Junk Food Seriously Ups Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
An occasional fast food meal is no big deal. But eating them often raises the risk of diabetes and obesity greatly. Read more >

The Role of Ghrelin in Overeating
Blocking the action of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, just may ease that obsession with nachos. Read more >

Is Green Tea an Antidepressant?
The more green tea elderly subjects drank in a day, the less likely they were to be depressed... Read more >

Menu Labels May Mean Less Overeating
Early research suggests that putting calorie information on menus really can help reduce overeating. Read more >

Milk Thistle May Help Chemo Patients with Liver Damage, Study Finds
The herb milk thistle appears to help keep levels of two key liver enzymes low during chemotherapy. Read more >

Coffee - Even Decaf - Puts Diabetes at Bay, Says New Study
People who drink between three and four cups of coffee a day reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%. Read more >

Eating Soy-Rich Foods May Reduce Risk for Ovarian, Endometrial Cancers
Soy-based foods mimic estrogen's effects and may lower women's risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Read more >

Polyphenols and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Serious Brain Food
A Mediterranean diet, the LMN diet appears to enhance brain health, promoting cell growth and reducing damage. Read more >

Diet, Cognitive Ability, and Heart Health Interlinked in Seniors, Study Finds
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables helps seniors' hearts and their cognitive function. Read more >

Eating Red Meat May Increase Risk of Ulcerative Colitis
Omega-6 fatty acids (found in certain oils and red meat) can promote inflammation while omega-3 fatty acids help reduce it. Read more >

Vitamins C, E May Ward off Age-Related Muscle Loss
A diet high in antioxidants, particularly vitamins E and C, may slow age-related muscle loss. Read more >

Selenium Supplements May Increase Cholesterol
Supplementing the diet with selenium can raise blood cholesterol as much as 8 percent. Read more >

Probiotics and Fiber, What Your Digestive Tract Would Tell You
If you need to re−establish a healthy digestive tract, probiotics can be helpful, but fiber is perhaps even more important. Read more >

Cocoa May Help Keep the Heart Healthy, Study Says
The polyphenols in cocoa — among other foods — reduce risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more >

Boosting Fiber May Help Thwart Belly Fat
fat is associated with an increased risk of heart problems and diabetes. Read more >

Researchers Uncover Why Dietary Fiber Supports Immune System Health
Scientists have recently discovered why fiber is so good for the immune system. The answer lies in the by-products of the breakdown of fiber. Read more >

Keep Good Fats in the Diet, Researchers Urge
Fats high in omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids (like safflower oil) can lower blood sugar. Read more >

Researchers Find No Connection between Coffee and Cognition
Drinking coffee offers no defense against the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But several other factors seem to be good predictors... Read more >

Whole Grains Good for Men's Heart Health
Eating whole grains can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Read more >

Consuming More Folic Acid May Prevent Colon Cancer in Women
Folate or folic acid is required for the formation of nucleotides, the "building blocks" for DNA and RNA. Read more >

High Sugar Diet Raises Blood Pressure
Uric acid, produced by the breakdown of fructose, can raise blood pressure and the risk metabolic syndrome. Read more >

Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce Falls in Seniors
Taking vitamin D supplements appears to help prevent falls in older adults, perhaps by strengthening bones. Read more >

Fatty Foods Tell the Brain to Keep on Eating
Foods high in saturated fat actually change your brain's chemistry and interfere with its ability to signal that you are full. Read more >

Eating Meat during Middle-Age May Promote Independence in Old Age
Eating meat in middle-age, may actually help people live independently longer in old age. Read more >

What's your Highest Healthy Weight?
The Maximum Weight Limit, a simplification of the BMI, gives people what they most need -- a weight over which they should not go. The calculation... Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Helps Diabetics Stay off Blood Sugar Meds
The so−called Mediterranean diet appears to help some diabetics reduce their need for blood sugar medications. Read more >

Memory Problems? Bad Habits May Be to Blame
There is a strong connection between bodily health and brain health. Read more >

For a Good Dose of Antioxidants, Grab Some Crackers, Popcorn
Snacks like nuts, cereal, crackers or popcorn provide antioxidants to combat free radicals. Read more >

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked to Fatty Acids in Red Meats and Margarines
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) appears linked to the consumption of omega 6 fatty acids found in red meat. Read more >

Eating Seafood During Pregnancy May Ward off Depression
Depression during pregnancy not only affects the mother, but it can be damaging to the baby as well. Read more >

Helping Parents Change Children's Health Habits
Having confidence in your ability to change behavior even in the face of obstacles is a critical asset for an effective parent. Read more >

Vegetable Protein Linked to Lower Blood Pressure
Glutamic acid, found in vegetable protein, can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Read more >

Foods' Glycemic Index Linked to Risk of Breast Cancer
Glycemic load is significantly correlated with estrogen receptor-positive/progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer. Read more >

Red Yeast Rice — Not Coming to a Town Near You
When red yeast is grown on rice, it produces an effective, natural statin that lowered cholesterol by 31 points without side effects. Read more >

Can Vitamin C Halt the Damage of Diabetes?
Vitamin C administered with insulin helped end the damage to blood vessels so common in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Adolescent Health: So Many Teens; So Little Care
Parents may want to request that their teen‘s doctor discuss safety, diet, smoking, sexuality and other topics. Read more >

Get Milk!
Only half of males and one-fifth of females between the ages of 19-30 get the recommended amount of calcium. Read more >

High-Glycemic Foods May Up Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
High-glycemic index carbs reduce or inhibit endothelial function, which is one of the risk factors leading to atherosclerosis. Read more >

Blood Fats Better Indicator of Diabetic Neuropathy, New Study Finds
Triglyceride levels can be better predictors of the risk of diabetic neuropathy than blood sugar levels. Read more >

Lettuce Praise the UV Boost
Darker leafy greens like kale and spinach are more nutritious than lettuce. Read more >

Juices, Soda, Sports Drinks and Tooth Erosion
Dental erosion initially gives the enamel a smooth and shiny appearance. But there is only so much enamel coating a tooth. Read more >

Ginger Helps Reduce Nausea from Chemotherapy
Cancer patients suffering from ill effects of chemotherapy reported significantly less nausea if they took ginger supplements. Read more >

Why It's So Hard to Eat a Low-Salt Diet
The best way to begin to reduce the amount of salt in your diet is to reduce your consumption of processed foods. Read more >

Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >

Researchers Home in on Why High-Fiber Diets Help Fight Colon Cancer
Butyrate, an end-product of the breakdown of fiber in the gut, acts as an anti-cancer agent in a couple of different ways. Read more >

Staying Slim is Eco-Friendly
A thinner population would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 440 million tons a year, at a minimum. Read more >

Real Men Eat Vegetables
Eating vegetables (and not eating meat) raises the quality of sperm men produce. Read more >

Eating Charred Meat May Up Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Heavily cooked and charred meats are strongly linked to pancreatic cancer risk. Read more >

Drinks Sweetened with Fructose May Pose Heart Risk
Fructose, in contrast to its relative, glucose, appears to have a negative effect on heart health. Read more >

The Adolescent Vegetarian: Health Conscious or Eating Disordered?
People who call themselves vegetarians fall on a continuum from those who avoid all animal products to those who eat fish. Read more >

This Is Your Brain on Fish
Teenage boys who ate plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, primarily through consumption of fish, had improved memory and cognitive skills. Read more >

Foods Rich in Antioxidants May Lose Their Punch over Time
Foods like green tea and olive oil need to be fresh to pack their full load of antioxidants. Read more >

3 Grams Less Saves Lives
Limiting salt by even a half-teaspoon a day could have a significant impact. Read more >

Green Tea and Oral Health
Gum or periodontal disease occurs when the gums begin to separate from the teeth, leaving open spaces or pockets. Read more >

More Evidence That Broccoli Really Is Good for You
Broccoli contains a substance, sulforaphane, that appears to protect airway cells. It may serve as the basis for a new treatment for allergies... Read more >

Metabolic Math: To Prevent Injury, Girls' Calorie Intake Should Offset Output
Low bone mineral density is one of the three components of the syndrome known as the Female Athlete Triad. Read more >

Researchers Use "In Silico" Approach to Find Link between Iron and Brain's Serotonin
SERT, a serotonin transporter protein, is an important drug target in treating anxiety, depression and OCD. Read more >

Pick a Guideline, Any Guideline
Exercise guidelines differ on particulars, but in generally, they agree that 30 minutes a day, four or five days a week is the goal. Read more >

Apple Juice May Slow Accumulation of Plaques in Alzheimer's Disease
Eating fruits and veggies works to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Read more >

Can Potassium Counteract High Sodium?
Healthy 19-50 year olds should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, about one teaspoon. Read more >

A New Weapon to Lower Cholesterol Levels?
Cholesterol is carried by different transport proteins classed according to their densities. High density(HDL)is good; low (LDL)is bad. Read more >

Exercise: Better For Getting Fit Than For Losing Fat
Exercise is great for your health, but don’t count on it as the key to losing weight. Read more >

Antibiotics in Vegetables
The European Union banned the use of antibiotics as a food additive for livestock in 2006, citing health concerns. Read more >

Strong Bones for Tiny Preemies
Although premature infants' bones grow in length and circumference, the quality of the bones themselves is often poor. Read more >

Diets High in Fruits and Vegetables May Help Prevent Bone Loss
The acidity of a diet high in grains and meats may actually increase the excretion of calcium, weakening bones. Read more >

Mediterranean Diets High in Nuts May Help with Heart Disease
Nuts may help prevent metabolic syndrome. Read more >

Sugar Addiction in Rats
The American Psychiatric Association defines addiction as including three stages: craving, bingeing, and withdrawal. Read more >

Buffering for Better Bones: Reducing Dietary Acid Can Improve Skeletal Health
Neutralizing the metabolic acidity of the typical American diet can effectively reduce bone loss in older people. Read more >

Vitamin K Slows the Onset of Diabetes in Elderly Men
A rise in blood insulin is often a sign of increased insulin resistance. Read more >

Triglycerides and Stroke
As triglyceride levels go up, so does the risk of stroke. Read more >

Obese Children's Arteries Are Just as Bad as Middle-Aged Adults'
The vascular "age" of obese children is like that of middle-aged adults, based on the amount of plaque build-up. Read more >

How Calorie-Dense is Your Diet?
The two most important factors that determine the calorie density of a food are fat and water content. Read more >

Safer and Tastier: Marinating Meat Reduces Suspected Carcinogens
Cooking meat at high temperatures produces suspected carcinogens. Marinating meat before cooking lowers the amount of these substances. Read more >

Fruits and Veggies May Protect Against Flu
Quercetin, a compound found in many fruits and vegetables may help lower susceptibility to the flu. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
A Mediterranean diet is a diet that's rich in grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and includes a moderate amount of red wine. Read more >

Breastfeeding and Fish Consumption Spur Early Child Development
Mothers who eat fish while pregnant and who later breastfeed their infants see better early physical and mental development. Read more >

Raw Food Diet: Good Deal or Raw Deal?
Eating raw foods avoids many of the pitfalls of a traditional Western diet - like added salt and sugar. But it is not so simple as it seems. Read more >

Salt Still Raises Blood Pressure
It is very simple: increased salt consumption increases your risk of hypertension (high blood pressure). Read more >

Eating Broccoli May Protect the Heart from Damage Due to Diabetes
Add protecting blood vessels in diabetes patients to the long list of broccoli’s health benefits. A compound in broccoli ... Read more >

Cocoa's Memory-Enhancing Potential
Eating more chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, and may improve memory... Read more >

Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Coffee drinkers have a lower mortality rate, even from cardiovascular disease, according to a long-term study. Read more >

Another Reason to Avoid Beef?
Prions, the proteins that cause mad cow disease, can be transmitted by feces, a new study has found, raising questions about safe disposal.. Read more >

Eating Eggs for Breakfast May Help Dieters Shed Pounds
Eating a low calorie breakfast of eggs is good for your diet. Read more >

Jotting Down What You Eat May Be the Key to Increase Weight Loss
Writing down what you eat every day on a diet just might help you lose up to twice as much weight. Read more >

Beat the Heat, Win the Meet
Staying hydrated, especially in the heat, increases athletic performance. Read more >

A User's Guide to Flavonoids
Eating a mix of flavonoid-rich foods has many potential health benefits. Read more >

Teen Weight Gain: The Big Three
Drinking, too much internet, and too little sleep can cause incresaed weight gain in young women. Read more >

Eat Better and Enjoy It More — Enhancing Senior Nutrition
"Eating well is vital at any age, but as you get older, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health." Read more >

Salmonella Outbreak Continues; Many Clues But Few Answers
Epidemics and food borne outbreaks are gigantic puzzles until they are traced to their source. The ongoing Salmonella poisonings are no exception. Read more >

FDA's Trans Fat Labels: Misunderstood
Many Americans simply cannot understand trans fat content information — one of the most important parts of the Nutrition Facts panel. Read more >

Boron May Reduce Lung Cancer Risk in Women
According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Texas M. Read more >

With Teens, "Diet" May Lead to Obesity
Parents of overweight teens would do well to think twice before suggesting their son or daughter go on a diet, according to a new study. Read more >

"Bulking Up" and Heart Disease
"Bulking up" by athletes playing football and other sports may lead to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, study findings suggest. Read more >

Treating Heart Risk in the Obese — Pills Are Not Enough
Prevention, not handing out pills, is the key to improving risk for heart disease. Read more >

The Anti-Jet Lag Diet
Going somewhere far this summer? Vacation and business travelers can reduce or avoid jet lag with the so-called Anti-Jet-Lag Diet developed at the U. Read more >

100% Natural — Hype?
If you are concerned about your family's health, good taste or the humane treatment of animals, today's American supermarket can be a pretty confusing place. Read more >

"Appetite" Hormone Discovered
The human body produces a hormone called ghrelin, which stimulates appetite by making food seem more desirable. Read more >

Healthy-Size You
If you saw the 2004 film "Super Size Me," then you will probably not be surprised that, according to a recent study, eating too much fast food can seriously damage your liver. Read more >

Using Breakfast to Stabilize Blood Sugar
What you eat for breakfast can reduce the insulin rollercoaster and your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure. Read more >

Making Counting Calories Count
In what may well be the beginning of a nationwide trend, a federal court recently upheld a New York City regulation that requires chain restaurants to publish the calorie content of foods on their menus and menu boards. Read more >

Good News from Fat Rats: Lipoic Acid Lowers Triglycerides
Lipoic acid supplements lowered blood triglyceride levels by up to 60% in a study of... Read more >

School Lunch to the Rescue
Schools have the power to help fight childhood obesity, according to a Temple University study. Read more >

Normal Weight Obesity
It may sound like an oxymoron, but normal weight obesity is not a contradiction. Read more >

Green Tea Improves Effectiveness of Antibiotics
Drinking green tea helps fight against drug resistant bacteria. Read more >

Vitamin D in Childhood Lowers Diabetes Risk
Giving young children extra Vitamin D supplements may help prevent type 1 diabetes later in life, says a new study. Read more >

U.S. Leads Europe in Strokes
Mediterranean countries have a lower rate of stroke compared to the US, which may reflect the influence of the "Mediterranean diet." Read more >

Should We Take Multivitamins?
Multivitamin use can create an overabundance of folic acid which may put people at risk for cancer. Read more >

Low Fat Diet Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Eating low-fat dairy foods is associated with a lower risk of developing hypertension, or high blood pressure. Read more >

Zinc, An Economical and Effective Treatment for a Major Health Problem
Diarrhea kills more than two million people every year. Read more >

Triglycerides: the New Cholesterol?
Triglycerides are a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease and should be routinely monitored. Read more >

No-Cal Weight Gain
Drinking no−calorie sweeteners may actually make it harder for people to control their calorie intake and body weight according to a new study. Read more >

Folate Deficiency Triples Dementia Risk
People concerned about senile dementia should make sure they are eating plenty of leafy vegetables. Read more >

Got Gout?
Gout is on the rise and fructose-sweetened drinks may be the reason, according to a new study. Read more >

Food Fighters: Should Dieters Enlist Carbs or Protein in the War on Appetite?
Many popular diets claim that changing the proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats you eat can bring about weight loss. Read more >

New Research Challenges Idea of Vitamin D Deficiency
Doctors have known for a long time that people who are sick often have very low blood levels of vitamin D. Read more >

Eat Less Or Exercise More? A Little of Either Will Help Your Heart
The heart is not picky. Whether you eat less or exercise more, it responds to weight loss. Read more >

Calcium & Heart Attack in Older Women
For some older women, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack. Read more >

Sweet Drinks, Stealthy Calories
Before you reach for a soda, juice, energy drink or a creamy designer latte to pick yourself up today, consider this finding from a new study. Read more >

As Fat As It Gets?
For a quarter century, America has been leading the disturbing worldwide trend toward greater and greater obesity. Read more >

Broccoli's Day in the Sun
Attention vegetable-haters from 4 to 40: broccoli helps protect skin cells from the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Read more >

Chewing the Fat (Off)
Chewing gum can help reduce hunger, fight those between-meal food cravings and make you feel full — all of which can help you eat less and lose weight, according to a new study presented at the 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society. Read more >

Fasting: Is It a Good Idea?
Fasting has long been viewed as a way to rid the body of toxins and give the digestive and other systems a rest. Read more >

Vitamin E: Yes and No
Vitamin E appears to help some people avoid heart disease. But it may make others more vulnerable to it. Read more >

Vitamin C + Fat Consumption = Trouble
There is considerable evidence that vitamin C helps fight cancer. Read more >

Eat More Fish Oil, Less Vegetable Oil
Most people have heard the news that fish oil is good for you. Read more >

Food Cravings and Weight Control
We all experience food cravings— often for unhealthy foods such as ice cream or junk food. Read more >

Low Cholesterol Associated with Cancer?
Many studies show that lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) is one of the most important things we can do to prevent heart disease. Read more >

Folic Acid and Vitamin B-12
Everyone agrees that both folate and its synthetic form, folic acid, are good for your brain. Read more >

Can Omega-3 Prevent Blindness?
Eating more of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which are found in popular fish-oil supplements, may protect against several common types of blindness, according to a new study. Read more >

Keeping It Off
The myth is that Americans are stuck in a hopeless cycle of weight loss and weight gain -- that we diet only to regain the lost weight immediately. Read more >

The "I'm Full" Hormones
You might not know it to look at most Americans, but our bodies do have a mechanism — called a "satiety hormone" — which tells us to stop eating when we're full. Read more >

Can Salt Cause Ulcers?
Doctors used to tell us that stress caused ulcers. Read more >

Digesting Protein — a Hidden Problem
Most of us worry about about our intake of fats or carbohydrates. Read more >

The Elderly & Vitamin D
Recent research has led to a growing awareness of the importance of vitamin D to our overall health. Read more >

First Evidence of Alcohol-Cancer Link
Studies find that consuming alcohol increases your chance of rapid tumor growth. Read more >

Belly Fat and Disease
As scientists learn more about the role of inflammation in diabetes, heart disease and other disorders, new research suggests that fat in the belly may be an important contributor to that inflammation. Read more >

Zinc Health For Children
Researchers have long known that zinc plays an important role in human health. Read more >

Gastric Bypass & Vitamin B1 Deficiency
Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgery sometimes lead to a dangerous vitamin deficiency that can cause memory loss, confusion, lack of coordination and other problems, according to a new study. Read more >

Fewer Carbohydrates, More Weight Loss
The Atkins diet has always been controversial, mainly because it flies in the face of medical wisdom by recommending that followers drastically cut down on carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and sugar. Read more >

Hot Brewed Health
It may be addictive, stain your teeth and keep you up at night, but one study after another is showing that coffee has all sorts of positive and protective effects on our health. Read more >

Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
There is an obesity paradox in cardiovascular health. Heavier people tend to survive health crises better, but are more at risk. Read more >

Echinacea: Can it Make You Sick?
When they feel a cold coming on, many people reach for what they believe will be a safe preventative — a tea or capsule containing the herb echinacea. Read more >

Huntington's Linked to Cholesterol Levels in Brain?
Researchers have shed light on how the deadly Huntington's disease affects the brain by discovering that the disease causes a dramatic accumulation of cholesterol in the brain. Read more >

Folic Acid Cuts Heart Disease Risk
For years, mounting research has indicated that consumption of folic acid is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Read more >

Can Diet Can Protect Us Against Cancer?
Researchers do not believe that most forms of cancer are caused directly by what we eat. Read more >

Take Vitamin D to Slow Breast Cancer?
Researchers have long known that vitamin D interferes with the ability of cancer cell to divide. Read more >

Read Any Good Food Labels Lately?
Information, as the saying goes, is power. Read more >

Gastric Bypass Surpassed?
Researchers report that a new operation known as the duodenal switch produces more weight loss in the super-obese than gastric bypass, the standard operation. Read more >

Prenatal Vitamins and Brain Tumors
Women who take multivitamins early in pregnancy may reduce the risk that their child will develop some types of brain tumors. Read more >

Can a Vitamin Fight MS?
Currently, doctors have no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) and few good treatments. Read more >

Vitamin D Fights Pancreatic Cancer
Consumption of Vitamin D tablets has been found to cut the risk of pancreatic cancer nearly in half, according to a new study. Read more >

Obesity and Your Baby's Diet
Minimally processed, natural food can help protect your baby against obesity later in life, according to the latest research. Read more >

Keep on the Sunny Side
Here is a surprise for those of us who are afraid to sunbathe for fear of skin cancer. Read more >

Can a Curry a Day Keep the Oncologist Away?
It turns out your grandma may have been right. Read more >

Obesity Surgery: Yes or Maybe Not
Sisters Lorena Garcia and Alma Garcia of Los Angeles were prime candidates for an increasingly popular way of treating extreme obesity — gastric bypass surgery. Read more >

Size Does Matter
Using smaller plates, spoons and forks can help you lose weight. Read more >

Drink to Your Health
Watching what you drink can be just as important as watching what you eat. Read more >

Quit Smoking. Get Fat.
Quitting smoking can result in a substantial weight gain. Forewarned is forearmed. Read more >

Super E
Vitamin E's effect on cancer cells. Read more >

Breaking Up (Exercise) Is Good to Do
Short bursts of intense exercise may be better for the heart than endurance training. Read more >

It Grows on Trees
Can grapefruit really help you lose weight? Read more >

The Best Weapon vs. Diabetes — Prevention
If you understand your risk for diabetes, you have the motivation you need to change your lifestyle. Read more >

Are Fad Diets Unhealthy?
Fad diets that tell us to cut out whole categories of food may be worse than useless — they may actually be dangerous. Read more >

Cod Liver Oil - It Really Is Good for You
Decades ago, children dreaded the very words "cod liver oil. Read more >

Can Vitamin C and an Apple a Day Keep Cancer Away?
Advocates have long claimed that vitamin C can help prevent cancer and medical studies have agreed. Read more >

Got Dairy?
When Americans try to lose weight, the first thing they do is reduce their fat intake. Read more >

Low Cholesterol and Heart Problems
You cannot depend on your cholesterol level alone to indicate heart disease. Read more >

As Easy as (Cherry) Pie?
Cherries — whether fresh, frozen, dried, or canned — are a powerful triple threat in the body's battle against cancer. Read more >

Lactose Intolerant?
What should you do about lactose intolerance? New findings suggest a surprising answer — drink milk. Read more >

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