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If you’re trying to lose weight for your health, skipping meals may not be the way to go. A study published recently in the journal Public Health Nutrition found that skipping meals can cut calories, but may cut the intake of healthy foods, which could impact health negatively over time. The study analyzed data on […]
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Skipping Meals to Cut Calories Could Lead to Unexpected Consequences

If you’re trying to lose weight for your health, skipping meals may not be the way to go. A study published recently in the journal Public Health Nutrition found that skipping meals can cut calories, but may cut the intake of healthy foods, which could impact health negatively over time. The study analyzed data on […]
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Q. I have been told I shouldn’t eat nuts because of my diverticulosis. Is...

A. Alicia Romano, MS, RD, a dietitian at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, answers: “Nuts are healthy foods that are good choices to incorporate into your diet for the long term, given their general healthy nutrient profile. They are a plant source of protein and naturally high in fiber and healthy fats (omega-3 and polyunsaturated […]

Easy Black Bean Soup

Steps: Blend 2 cans of the beans with the tomato paste until the beans are broken down into a thick (but not necessarily smooth) paste. Heat a large pot over medium-high head. Add the bean paste, remaining black beans, and remaining broth, and stir to combine. Add the cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper and let […]

Navigating Holiday Desserts

The winter holidays are the season for sweets. Though this year may be different, many of us will still find a way to continue the tradition of baking, exchanging, and enjoying holiday treats. And while it is important to embrace these pleasures of the season, we all know the aftermath of an overindulgence can last […]

Q. Why do you say it is better to get nutrients from foods rather...

A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Optimal health is dependent on consuming the appropriate quantity of nutrients and energy (calories). When scientists learned how to separate nutrients from foods or synthesize them in a laboratory, there was hope we could prevent malnutrition and maximize health simply by […]

Q. Should I buy white peaches/nectarines, or yellow? Are purple and yellow carrots a...

A. Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, a professor at the Friedman School and an expert on dietary bioactive components, answers: “The color of a plant food is a clue to which health-promoting phytochemicals it contains: ➧ Blue and purple (e.g.: blueberries, plums, black beans, eggplant) indicates the presence of anthocyanins ➧ Green colors (e.g.: asparagus, broccoli, […]
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Low Energy? Don’t Overlook Anemia

Over three million Americans have anemia—low levels of the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. Although anemia can signal a serious underling condition, for many cases dietary changes can help. One Condition, Many Causes: Anemia has a variety of causes, including blood loss, cancer, bone marrow diseases, some intestinal diseases, kidney […]

Risks of an Expanding Waistline

Forty-four percent of U.S. adults 50 and over have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of interrelated health issues that increases risk for heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. It also raises the risk of poor immune function and severe disease due to viral infections. The good news is, metabolic syndrome can be reversed. Metabolic Syndrome: […]

Eat to Boost Immunity

Like everything else in our bodies, the immune system depends on nutrients to function properly. According to a paper by Simin N. Meydani, PhD, a professor at the Friedman School and director of the Nutritional Immunology Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, and her colleagues, mounting evidence suggests ensuring you get adeqate […]

Diet Can Change Activity of Genes that Impact Health

A biological process can change the affect of our genes on health, without changing the gene itself. Called “DNA methylation,” this process can determine if a given gene is active, or not. New research from the Friedman School’s Jiantao Ma, PhD, and Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, found diet quality was associated with the level of […]