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New Dietary Guidelines: What They Mean for You

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) aim to bring together the latest scientific information on what to eat and drink to promote health, help...

Five Fun Food Facts You Should Know

As a subscriber to this newsletter, you are clearly a knowledgeable consumer of both food an information. Let’s see if these fun and informative...

DHA and EPA omega-3s may both fight chronic inflammation

Obesity is associated with chronic low-grade inflammation that can increase risk for atherosclerosis, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and poor outcomes with COVID-19. The omega-3...

Using Restaurant Calorie Labels for Better Health

Whether you sit down, drive through, take out, or pick up, you should see calorie information on the menus of all chain restaurants with...

Replace some red meats with protein-containing plant foods to lower heart disease risk

A study published recently in the BMJ found that eating either processed or unprocessed red meat was associated with higher risk of heart disease...

Age is not a barrier to weight loss

A study published recently in the journal Clinical Endocrinology put to rest the idea that we can’t lose weight once we’re passed a certain...

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Mighty Mushroom Blended Burger

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From the Experts

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...

Q. I find it difficult and off-putting to calculate the calories in all the foods I eat. Is it necessary to count calories to...

A. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and editor-in-chief of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter answers:...