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There is no reason to think drinking bone broth will help you lose weight.

Q. I’ve heard bone broth is good for weight loss. Is this true? If...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Bone broth is made by simmering animal bones in water and a small amount of an acid like vinegar. The acid helps dissolve the bone, releasing collagen and minerals into the water. The protein collagen is a key component of […]
In obstructive sleep apnea, the airway is blocked. People with this condition will stop breathing and then gasp for air while sleeping.

Don’t Ignore the Snore

Sleep apnea affects an estimated 22 million Americans, and an estimated 80 percent of cases are undiagnosed. When left untreated, the chronic lack of sleep and abnormal breathing pressure in the chest caused by this condition can lead to fatigue, concentration problems, reduced quality of life, weight gain, and potentially serious cardiovascular problems, including high […]
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DASH Diet Plus Sodium Reduction Best for Protecting the Heart

The heart can show signs of damage before a heart attack or other heart problem occurs. Scientists can measure things like inflammation, cardiac injury, and cardiac strain by looking at biomarkers in the blood.Researchers looked at data from the original DASH-Sodium trial and compared the effects of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, […]
Consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day may help you live longer.

Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day Associated with Longer Life

In an attempt to identify the optimal intake of fruits and vegetables associated with maintaining long-term health, researchers collected information on the typical dietary intake of over 100,000 healthy men and women in the U.S. over a 30 year period. That data was analyzed along with data from 24 other studies. In general, the more […]
If you need to put on some weight, bulk up your meals and between-meal drinks with healthy choices.

Q. I’m recovering from illness and need to put on a few pounds. Any...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Gaining weight is all about adding calories, but that doesn’t mean you can eat all the junk food you want! To support your health and recovery, avoid or limit ‘empty-calorie’ foods like soft drinks, candy, and cake. To increase calories, […]
Many of the terms we use when we talk about nutrition and health have to do with protecting the circulatory system.

Q. You often use the terms heart health, cardiovascular health, and cardiometabolic health. What...

A. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy and editor-in-chief of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter answers: “Great question! Here are some basic definitions: Heart health is a term often used to refer to your risk of having a heart attack. Heart attacks are most often caused by […]

Q. Does Tufts have any resources for me to learn more about nutrition and...

A. “As a matter of fact, we have quite a few options,” says Diane L. McKay, PhD, assistant professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and director of Tufts University’s Friedman Online Graduate Certificate Programs. “If you like your information in bite-sized pieces, we have an expanding collection of free micro-courses: 30-to-60-minute […]
Even “oven roasted,” “no nitrate” deli turkey is processed meat, and intake should be limited.

Q. Why do you say “deli turkey” is a processed meat and should be...

A. Fang Fang Zhang, PhD, an associate professor at the Friedman School who specializes in cancer epidemiology, answers: “Processed meat is any meat that has been salted, cured, fermented, smoked, or undergone other processes for preservation or to enhance flavor. The evidence that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer is strong enough that the World […]

Diabetes Prevention: Tufts Experts Weigh In

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats from foods like fish, plant oils, nuts, and avocados is good for cardiovascular health.

Q. I understand that “bad fats” can clog my arteries, but what do “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 Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “A diet rich in saturated fats can increase blood cholesterol levels, especially the more harmful LDL cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol levels can lead to the buildup […]