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Q. Why are steel-cut oats preferrable to rolled oats? They can’t be used for baking, take a long time to cook, and I don’t...

A. Nicola McKeown, PhD, an associate professor at the Friedman School and whole grain expert, answers: “Nutrition publications (including this one) often recommend oatmeal—and...

Q. What are “net carbs” and why are they only included on the labels of certain foods?

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor if Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Some carbohydrates—specifically fiber but also, to some extent, sugar...

Step Counters and Fitness Trackers May Boost Activity Levels

A study that analyzed data from 38 randomized clinical trials involving over 4,200 participants concluded that activity trackers do improve physical activity levels among...

Switch from Refined Grains to Whole to Improve Cardiometabolic Health

Greater whole grain consumption is known to be associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. A recent study by Tufts researchers looked at the...

Fermented Foods Can Support Health

The microbes that live in our intestines help break down food, and they create byproducts that can impact the immune system and inflammation. A study...

Manage Triglycerides for a Healthy Heart

A recent nationwide survey found that around 35 percent of men and 25 percent of women in the U.S. have high blood triglyceride levels...

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Easy Roasted Veggies

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COVID-19, Nutrition, and You: Lessons from a Pandemic

The COVID-19 epidemic laid bare some stark realities about nutrition in the United States: our food system is fractured, and the resulting poor nutrition...

Q. I’ve heard bone broth is good for weight loss. Is this true? If so, why?

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones in...

Don’t Ignore the Snore

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans, and an estimated 80 percent of cases are undiagnosed. When left untreated, the chronic lack of...

DASH Diet Plus Sodium Reduction Best for Protecting the Heart

The heart can show signs of damage before a heart attack or other heart problem occurs. Scientists can measure things like inflammation, cardiac injury,...

Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day Associated with Longer Life

In an attempt to identify the optimal intake of fruits and vegetables associated with maintaining long-term health, researchers collected information on the typical dietary...

Q. I’m recovering from illness and need to put on a few pounds. Any advice?

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Gaining weight is all about adding calories, but that...