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Q. I’ve heard drinking cranberry juice can help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Is this true? If so, how does it work?

A. Diane L. McKay, PhD, assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, answers: “Cranberries are a good source of proanthocyanidins (PACs), plant compounds...

Ultraprocessed Food Intake Associated with Cardiovascular Health

The more ultraprocessed foods (UPFs) we consume, the worse our cardiovascular health is likely to be, a new study suggests. UPFs are mixtures of...

The Ultimate Guide to Whole Grains

Eating more minimally processed whole grains and whole-grain foods is a good choice for your health. Beyond oatmeal and brown rice, there’s a wide...

The Carnivore’s Guide to Cutting Back

Replacing some meat, especially processed meat, with healthier choices doesn’t need to be daunting or difficult. Read on for ways even dedicated carnivores can...

Q. You encourage your readers to eat more beans. How do I use dry beans instead of canned?

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, a senior research dietitian in the Metabolic Research Unit of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging answers: “Beans...

Nutrient Supplements May Not Help Against COVID-19

Two small randomized clinical trials were not able to demonstrate a benefit of high dose zinc, vitamin C, or vitamin D3 for patients with...

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Black Bean Bulgur Orange Salad

Ingredients 1 cup bulgur (or any other grain) 1 orange, zest and juice 2 tsp wine vinegar 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp cumin 1 (15 oz) can...

From the Experts

Diabetes Prevention: Tufts Experts Weigh In

                Richard D. Siegel, MD, is the co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center. Shifts to healthy eating and physical activity with...

Q. I understand that “bad fats” can clog my arteries, but what do “good fats” do for you that’s good?

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

Q. The bread aisle is a very confusing place. What kind of bread should I be eating (if I should be eating it at...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Eating bread is fine, as long as you make...

Q. Will I benefit from the live bacteria in yogurt?

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Probiotics are live microorganism (typically bacteria and yeasts) that...

Q. What is the best kind of sugar to use? Should I switch to using honey or agave nectar instead of regular sugar?

A. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, dean of the Friedman School and editor-in-chief of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers. “When consumed in higher amounts,...

Q. Do people who do not have a gluten sensitivity benefit from reducing or avoiding gluten?

A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, a nutrition professor at the Friedman School and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “The short...