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Weight Loss Can Improve Lipid Levels

Weight Loss Can Improve Lipid Levels

Cutting fats or carbs equally effective.

May 2016 - Losing weight can improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as your waistline, according to a major new intervention study. The study found similar weight loss amounts could be achieved by lower-fat or lower-carbohydrate diets, whether the lower-carb diet was rich in walnuts or in monounsaturated fat (as in canola or olive oils).

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REALITY CHECK<br> 6 Iffy Claims About Reducing Salt

REALITY CHECK
6 Iffy Claims About Reducing Salt

The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans call for limiting sodium intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams daily. Although the 2015 revision put less emphasis on more restrictive limits for people 51 and older, African-Americans, and those with hypertension, diabetes or kidney disease, that shouldn’t be interpreted as a green light to load up on salt.

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Caffeine Doesn’t Cause Heart Jitters

Caffeine Doesn’t Cause Heart Jitters

The popular notion - reflected in doctors' advice and clinical guidelines - that caffeine can cause your heart to "skip a beat" is probably wrong. A new study, the first of its kind to actually monitor participants' hearts over a 24-hour span, concludes that frequent caffeine consumption is not associated with premature heart contractions or disturbances of the heart’s electrical rhythm.

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New Reasons to Skip Sugary Drinks

New Reasons to Skip Sugary Drinks

Sweetened beverages linked to heart failure and dangerous belly fat.

Two new studies add to the evidence that led the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans to recommend restricting intake of added sugars, nearly half of which in US diets come from sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Nuts Improve Cholesterol Levels

Nuts Improve Cholesterol Levels

Study helps explain how nuts combat cardiovascular disease.

At least part of the proven cardiovascular benefits of eating nuts can be explained by their effects on cholesterol and other blood lipids, according to new Tufts research.

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Protein at Breakfast and Lunch Boosts Muscle Mass

Protein at Breakfast and Lunch Boosts Muscle Mass

Study suggests benefits of spreading out protein intake.

Americans' craze for plenty of protein may be missing the point, at least as it applies to older adults. For protecting against frailty and retaining muscle mass, when you consume your protein might be as important as how much.

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