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Preserving Brain Health Through a Heart-Healthy Diet

We have all forgotten why we walked into a room or had trouble recalling a common word, and the frequency of these lapses almost...

Swaps for Heart and Brain Health

Simple swaps—like choosing foods with unsaturated fats to replace those with saturated, unprocessed or reduced sodium foods over typical high-sodium processed products, fruits instead...

Q. I’m trying to cut back on sodium intake. Is garlic salt a good replacement for regular salt?

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, FADA, LDN, a research dietician and dietary services supervisor at the HNRCA, answers: “Excess sodium intake may increase risk...

Q. What is leaky gut and how can I prevent or treat it?

A. Alicia Romano, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, specialized ambulatory and nutrition support dietitian at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers: “The intestinal lining is...

Q. I understand fiber can help keep me regular. Is oatmeal a good choice?

A. Nicola McKeown, PhD, an associate professor at the Friedman School and a scientist at the HNRCA renowned for her research on whole grains...

How Your Medications Interact with Food Intake

Many concerns about interactions between medications and foods are unfounded. Understanding how foods interact with absorption and metabolism of common medications—and how to work...

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Mix ‘N Match Mediterranean Grain Salad

Ingredients 1 cup intact whole grain (such as wheat berries, brown rice, farro, sorghum, oats, millet) 1 (14.5-oz) can diced, no-salt-added tomatoes 1/3 cup olives, such as...

From the Experts

Nutrition Lessons from a Global Pandemic:

Here at Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter we strive to provide you with the latest, science-based health and nutrition information to help contribute to...

Q. Can peppermint oil help my irritable bowel syndrome?

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: While a handful of small studies suggested that peppermint...

Q. Is it true that percentage intake of macronutrients (protein, CHO, fat) should be adjusted depending on body type?

A. Lauren McAvoy, a dietetic intern at Tufts Medical Center, answers: “While there are claims that individuals with different body types metabolize nutrients differently,...

Q. Do I need to throw out food as soon as the printed expiration date is passed?

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RDN, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Those ‘sell by’ and ‘best by’ dates on packages...

Q. I have decided to follow a vegan diet. Do I need to take any vitamin or mineral supplements on this entirely plant-based diet?

A. Claire Cheng, a dietetic intern at the Tufts University Frances Stern Nutrition Center answers: “A vegan diet can be nutritious, environmentally friendly, and...

Q. When buying a salad dressing, pasta sauce, or any other product, is it better to choose the version labelled “low sodium” or the...

A. Hannah Cai, a dietetic intern at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers. “It is important to limit sodium and added sugar intake for...