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What, Exactly, is BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body weight adjusted for height. It is considered a better indicator of excess weight than body weight alone and is used to categorize individuals as “underweight,” “normal weight,” “overweight,” or “obese.” What does it really tell us, and how accurate is it? Measuring Body Fat: Being overweight […]

Mediterranean-Style Diet Keeps Blood Vessels Flexible

A systematic review and meta-analysis published recently in The Journal of Nutrition concluded that adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet may help prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in part by improving the function of the endothelial cells that line blood vessels. The review pooled results from 14 randomized controlled trials, including data for 1,930 participants. The ability […]

Health Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

Once thought of as high calorie treats to be avoided, nuts and seeds are emerging as an important component of a healthy dietary pattern. All Seeds: Nuts and seeds are a rich source of plant protein, have plenty of dietary fiber, and are high in heart-healthy mono-and polyunsaturated fats (including plant omega-3 fatty acids) and […]
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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....