Healthy Eating

Eating disorders are not a choice, and people of any weight can struggle with them. Holiday meals can be challenging.

Recognizing Eating Disorders

One guest at your holiday table is a strict vegan; another touts the merits of “clean eating;” a third talks incessantly about how good they feel following a keto diet. Are these friends and family members taking steps toward better health, or are they on the road to an eating disorder? National surveys estimate 20 […]
Farro pumpkin recipe

Farro and Peanut Stuffed Pumpkins

Ingredients: 8 mini pumpkins, or 4 small winter squash, such as acorn squash, halved 1 Tbsp olive oil 1½ cups farro, uncooked ¾ cup unsalted peanuts, chopped ½ cup...
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...
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 […]
Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, etc.), fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium apple, cored and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups milk or fortified soymilk
  • ....
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 […]