Healthy Eating

Brightly colored, juicy, and sweet, berries are a healthy treat.

Making the Most of Berry Season

Summertime is peak berry season! There’s much to love about these juicy gems. Berries are a good source of fiber, nutrients, and phytochemicals (plant compounds that are active in our bodies). Let’s explore why and how to include nutritious, delicious, and widely available berries in a healthy dietary pattern—now, and all year long. Berries and […]
Dry beans take a bit more forethought than canned, but they’re not hard to prepare.

Q. You encourage your readers to eat more beans. How do I use dry...

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, a senior research dietitian in the Metabolic Research Unit of the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging answers: “Beans are a healthy food choice that contain a variety of nutrients, including protein, fiber, and potassium. They count as both a vegetable and a source of protein. Canned beans are convenient […]
Black Bean Bulgar Orange Salad

Black Bean Bulgur Orange Salad

Ingredients 1 cup bulgur (or any other grain) 1 orange, zest and juice 2 tsp wine vinegar 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp cumin 1 (15 oz) can black (or other) beans, drained and rinsed 1 red bell pepper, chopped in small pieces (or any crunchy vegetable) 4 scallions, chopped in small pieces […]
Cutting back on meat (especially processed meats) doesn’t have to make you feel deprived.

The Carnivore’s Guide to Cutting Back

Replacing some meat, especially processed meat, with healthier choices doesn’t need to be daunting or difficult. Read on for ways even dedicated carnivores can cut back. Meat and Your Health: Consumption of processed meats like ham, bacon, sausage, hot dogs, salami, jerky, and deli meats (including processed turkey, chicken, ham, and beef) is associated with […]

Diabetes Prevention: Tufts Experts Weigh In


(Minimally Processed) Low Fat vs. Ketogenic Diet: No Clear Winner

A controlled feeding trial conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found no evidence that a healthy ketogenic diet was better than a healthy low fat, high carbohydrate diet for hunger or fat accumulation over two weeks. Participants lived in a lab at the NIH for four weeks. For two weeks, participants were provided […]

Healthy Takeout

We’re taking out food more than ever these days—more than 65 percent of us are regularly ordering meals out, according to the National Restaurant Association. Getting food “to go” can be a bit of a challenge when you’re trying to eat healthy: a recent Tufts study found that 50 percent of meals consumed by Americans […]
Plant Based Protein

Five Fun Food Facts You Should Know

As a subscriber to this newsletter, you are clearly a knowledgeable consumer of both food an information. Let’s see if these fun and informative facts about everyday foods can surprise you, and maybe even change what you choose to eat and drink! ​ 1 Bananas are berries, as are cucumbers, kiwi, and watermelon (and strawberries, […]
The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans offer science-backed advice on eating for good health. Making every bite count is key.

New Dietary Guidelines: What They Mean for You

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) aim to bring together the latest scientific information on what to eat and drink to promote health, help reduce risk of chronic disease, and meet nutrient needs. To harness the science-backed health-promoting power of the DGA, make changes that move you toward their four key guidelines: Follow a healthy […]
All chain restaurants must put calorie content on their menus. Eat in, take-out, drive-through, or delivery—you can use them to make informed choices.

Using Restaurant Calorie Labels for Better Health

Whether you sit down, drive through, take out, or pick up, you should see calorie information on the menus of all chain restaurants with 20 or more locations. Even prepared foods at your supermarket or coffee shop chain and popcorn at that big-name movie theater may need to be tagged with calorie content on menus. […]