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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 […]

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 […]
Obseity

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....
Dairy

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 […]
Sandwich

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 […]
Poor Diet

Poor Diet Responsible for Significant Healthcare Costs

A study by Tufts’ researchers and others as part of the Food Policy Review and Intervention Cost-Effectiveness (Food-PRICE) project published recently in the journal PLOS Medicine found that suboptimal diet accounts for 18.2 percent of all ischemic heart, stroke, and type 2 diabetes costs in the United States. The study authors looked at the impact […]
Pasta

Picking Pastas

The marketplace has seen an increase in pasta products made from seemingly more nutritious ingredients, such as whole wheat, legumes, or brown rice. But are these products really better (or even good) for health? Pasta Basics: Traditionally, pasta is made from milled durum wheat. Processing of the wheat to make refined flour removes the bran […]
Asian Noodle Bowl with Spicy Almond Sauce

Asian Noodle Bowl with Spicy Almond Sauce

STEPS Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Three minutes before the pasta is ready add the broccoli to the pasta pot. One minute before it is ready add the snow peas and red peppers to the pot. While the pasta is cooking, […]

What to Eat with Diabetes

More than 100 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes or prediabetes.  “Nutrition and weight loss are powerful tools in diabetes management,” says Richard Siegel, MD, co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center. Diet and lifestyle go a long way in preventing type 2 diabetes, managing the disorder, or even reversing […]
Spicy Shakshuka

Spicy Shakshuka

STEPS Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in ovenproof skillet set over medium heat. Cook onion, red pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and cayenne for about 5 minutes or until vegetables start to soften. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low. […]