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Eat to Boost Immunity

Like everything else in our bodies, the immune system depends on nutrients to function properly. According to a paper by Simin N. Meydani, PhD,...

Risks of an Expanding Waistline

Forty-four percent of U.S. adults 50 and over have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of interrelated health issues that increases risk for heart attack, stroke,...

Low Energy? Don’t Overlook Anemia

Over three million Americans have anemia—low levels of the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. Although anemia can signal a...

Q. Why do you say it is better to get nutrients from foods rather than high quality supplements?

A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Optimal health is dependent on consuming the appropriate quantity of...

Healthy Holiday Sides

This Thanksgiving don’t abandon healthy habits…celebrate them. Whether you are getting together virtually or in person, seasonal produce brings color, flavor, variety, and nutrition...

Packaging is Not a Reliable Way to Identify Whole Grain Food Choices

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend at least half the grain products we eat be whole grain. If you are trying to move away...

Don't Miss This Recipe

Maple and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients: Vegetables: 2 lbs Brussels sprouts 1 red onion, sliced ½ cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts (or other type of nut) ½ cup dried cranberries Vinaigrette: 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (or other...

From the Experts

Q. Should I buy white peaches/nectarines, or yellow? Are purple and yellow carrots a better choice than orange? How much does color matter, nutritionally,...

A. Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, a professor at the Friedman School and an expert on dietary bioactive components, answers: “The color of a plant food...

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...