Healthy Eating

Q. I’m concerned about the recent outbreaks of foodborne illness related to greens. Should...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Although raw produce is responsible for a large percentage of foodborne illness (food poisoning) in the U.S., millions of servings of leafy greens are eaten every day without incident. “Greens can come in contact with germs like E. coli in the […]

Is Low-Carb Eating for You?

Low-carbohydrate weight loss diets have become mainstream. Before jumping on the bandwagon, take a look at the answers to these common questions: What is Low-Carb Eating? Carbohydrates (sugars, starches, and fiber) are found naturally in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. But most carbohydrates in modern diets come from highly processed foods made […]

Protect Yourself from Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Following screening recommendations is essential to prevention, but lifestyle...

Eating for the Environment in Five Simple Steps

The food choices you make can have a real impact on the environment. Growing crops and raising animals for food creates about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for about 70 percent of all freshwater use the vast majority of tropical deforestation. On top of that, food waste and packaging have […]

Should You Avoid Grains?

Word on the street (or at least on the internet) is that grains—all grains—are bad choices. But research consistently associates higher intake of whole grain foods with better health outcomes. We asked some experts to help us understand who might need to avoid these ubiquitous foods, and how the rest of us can enjoy them […]

Swiss Chard Orange Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

Ingredients: Salad: 1 bunch (about 3 cups chopped) baby Swiss chard (or other green, such as spinach or kale) 2 medium oranges, peeled and chopped ¼ cup pumpkin seeds...


You probably know the saying, “you are what you eat,” but, according to the latest research, you may also be when you eat. “Your metabolism is different at different times of the day,” says JosĂ© M. Ordovás, PhD, lead scientist on the Nutrition and Genomics team at the HNRCA and a professor at the Friedman […]
There’s a lot of misinformation going around about how to fuel your body for physical performance and recovery. Get the facts.

Muscle Building, Sports Performance, and Diet

If you want to build muscle, excel at a sport, or simply get the most out of regular physical activity, experts say some popular dietary advice is wrong. Let’s take a look at three common myths: Myth #1: When it comes to muscle building and performance, the more protein intake the better. “Protein is important […]

Roasted Pear and Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients: 8 medium pears (d’Anjou or Bartlett), peeled and diced 4 cups diced butternut squash (2.5 to 3 lbs squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed) ¾ cup diced...
Regular consumption of nuts—like walnuts—is good for your heart.

Daily Walnut Intake Improves Cholesterol Makeup

A new randomized controlled trial increases our understanding of why regular nut consumption is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease and deaths. The Walnuts and Healthy Aging study, with study groups in both Spain and the U.S., randomized 708 healthy adults ages 63 go 79 to either eat a walnut-free diet or consume 30 […]