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Q. Which is a better choice for my health, raw nuts, or roasted?

A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) and executive editor of...

Q. Are lactose levels different between yogurts with live active cultures and those without?

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Yogurt is made by fermenting milk. The fermentation process...

Behavioral and Psychological Strategies Help Maintain Weight Loss

A study published recently in the journal Obesity identified specific behavioral and psychological strategies that may help people who have lost weight keep it...

The Stress-Diet Connection

Does stress impact our food choices? Conversely, can dietary choices help us better manage stress? “These are important questions, but difficult to answer,” says...

Mythbusting: Picnic Safety

It’s picnic and cookout season. With warm weather and the loosening of some social distancing restrictions, many of us are venturing outside…and taking our...

Water, Water Everywhere…

Hydration is essential for health, especially with outdoor temperatures high. Since water is necessary to deliver nutrients and oxygen to cells, aid digestion, control...

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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...