Healthy Eating

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 […]
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 […]

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, […]