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Not everything we have heard about Thanksgiving foods is true. Share these facts with your guests!

5 Thanksgiving Feast Myths Busted!

The feast that officially kicks off the holiday season is almost here. Thanksgiving is steeped in the comfort and familiarity of traditional foods—turkey and...
Roasted Veggies

Easy Roasted Veggies

Ingredients: 1 lb broccoli florets, cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, sliced ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper 1 Tbsp lemon juice Pinch red pepper flakes (optional) Steps: Preheat oven to 425° On a large, rimmed sheet pan, toss together broccoli florets, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. […]
Fermented foods appear to be good at nourishing a gut microbiome that may decrease inflammation.

Fermented Foods Can Support Health

The microbes that live in our intestines help break down food, and they create byproducts that can impact the immune system and inflammation. A study recently published in the journal Cell looked at how including dietary fiber and fermented foods in one’s dietary pattern may impact this gut microbiome. The small randomized controlled trial fed […]
Researchers have demonstrated that whole grain intake is linked to better cardiometabolic health.

Switch from Refined Grains to Whole to Improve Cardiometabolic Health

Greater whole grain consumption is known to be associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. A recent study by Tufts researchers looked at the impact of refined and whole grain intake on specific intermediate risk factors that might be responsible for that association. These factors include fasting blood glucose levels, waist circumference, systolic blood pressure, […]
The wide variety of available vegetables means there are plenty of choices. Raw or cooked to your liking, they are all nutritious choices.

Choosing Veggies for Flavor (and Health)

If you grew up with slimy Brussels sprouts, mushy broccoli that smelled of sulfur, or the same peas and cubes of carrot week after week, you may have learned to eat vegetables because they’re good for you, not because you enjoy them. The fact is, how veggies are prepared can ensure they are both nutritious […]
Our plates and glasses are full of ultraprocessed foods (like soda, juice drinks, sugar-sweetened artificially colored yogurt, and all manner of refined-carb goodies) that research now shows are clearly bad for our health.

Recognizing the Health Dangers of Ultraprocessed Foods

For most of human history, food was difficult to come by and humans battled starvation and malnutrition. The development of food processing helped positively transform the food environment—and health. Canning (and then freezing) made vegetables and fruits available year-round; pasteurization stopped outbreaks of bacterial infection from milk; preservatives prevented spoilage and extended shelf-life; and enrichment […]
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 […]
Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients: 2 cups tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, etc.), fresh or frozen 1 medium apple, cored and roughly chopped 2 cups milk or fortified soymilk 1 cup fresh spinach or kale (or 1⁄3 cup frozen) 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed 1 tsp grated fresh ginger (optional) Steps: Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more milk if needed. […]
The jury is out as to whether bread made with grain that has been allowed to sprout is any better than regular whole grain bread for blood sugar control.

Q. Is bread made with sprouted grains really better than other whole grain breads...

A. Anastassios Pittas, MD, co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center, answers: “Blood sugar (blood glucose) levels rise when carbohydrates are digested and the resulting glucose molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream. The more refined a carb is, the less fiber it has, and the faster it will be digested and absorbed. Whole grain breads, […]
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 […]