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Honey: Potential Benefits and Risks

Humans have been using honey as a sweetener for over 5,000 years. Throughout history, many cultures have also used it as a natural remedy—to treat wounds, ease coughs, and more. While there are many studies looking into a variety of medicinal uses for honey, few offer any sign of efficacy in humans, and honey is […]

Sugary Drinks Associated with Heart Disease Risk Factors

A study by Tufts’ researchers recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests that increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages may contribute to the development of dyslipidemia—an important risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. The observational study, which examined medical data of nearly 6,000 people who were followed for an average […]

Fish: Farm Raised versus Wild Caught

Fish is a nutritious and health-promoting choice. It is high in protein, a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, rich in vitamin D and minerals (including iron, iodine, magnesium, and potassium), and low in saturated fat. Research shows that eating fish at least twice a week is associated with lower risk of several chronic […]

Diet and Stroke Prevention

On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. While there are numerous factors that increase risk (including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart rhythm disorders, high cholesterol, exposure to tobacco, physical inactivity, and kidney disease), diet is a major modifiable risk factor for stroke. Stroke Basics: There are two main kinds […]

Pan-Seared Halibut with Heirloom Tomatoes

STEPS In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes and their juices with the basil, olive oil, shallots, and chives. Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and set aside. Pat dry the halibut fillets with paper towels to remove extra moisture, and season with salt and pepper. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat 1 tsp. […]

Q. I have decided to follow a vegan diet. Do I need to take...

A. Claire Cheng, a dietetic intern at the Tufts University Frances Stern Nutrition Center answers: “A vegan diet can be nutritious, environmentally friendly, and consistent with overall good health. Vegans do not consume any animal products, including eggs or dairy (and even honey). There are some key nutrients of concern for under-consumption for those following […]

Obesity Predicted to Become the Norm in Many States by 2030

It can be difficult to measure the extent of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. because people often underestimate when reporting their own weight....

Q. When buying a salad dressing, pasta sauce, or any other product, is it...

A. Hannah Cai, a dietetic intern at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers. “It is important to limit sodium and added sugar intake for health. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting daily sodium intake to 2,300 milligrams (mg) and added sugar intake to less than 10 percent of total calories (approximately 50 grams of […]

Adding Nuance to the Dairy Food Group

There are few foods for which dietary recommendations and popular ideology are as far apart as they are for dairy. The internet is full of warnings on the dangers of any and all dairy consumption, but (low-fat) dairy products are key components of research-supported healthy dietary patterns. Emerging research suggests a more nuanced approach to […]

Bread and Meat Products are Major Contributors of Dietary Salt

A systematic review of the sources of dietary salt around the world was published recently in the journal Advances in Nutrition. While per capita salt intake and the sources of salt varied by country, the authors identified bread and bakery products, cereal and grains, meat products, and dairy products as the major contributors to dietary […]