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The more ultraprocessed foods (UPFs) we consume, the worse our cardiovascular health is likely to be, a new study suggests. UPFs are mixtures of industrially refined starches, sugars, fats, isolated proteins, and other additives with little, if any, whole food ingredients (for example, most breakfast cereals, energy bars, instant soups, pre-packaged cookies and cakes, some […]
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Protein source matters. Avoid high-sodium, high-calorie, low-nutrient choices, and shift some protein intake from processed meats and red meat to seafood, poultry, legumes, and nuts and seeds.

Ultraprocessed Food Intake Associated with Cardiovascular Health

The more ultraprocessed foods (UPFs) we consume, the worse our cardiovascular health is likely to be, a new study suggests. UPFs are mixtures of industrially refined starches, sugars, fats, isolated proteins, and other additives with little, if any, whole food ingredients (for example, most breakfast cereals, energy bars, instant soups, pre-packaged cookies and cakes, some […]

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 […]
More evidence suggests vitamin C, zinc, or vitamin D supplements will not protect you from COVID infection or make illness shorter or less severe.

Nutrient Supplements May Not Help Against COVID-19

Two small randomized clinical trials were not able to demonstrate a benefit of high dose zinc, vitamin C, or vitamin D3 for patients with COVID-19. The first study, conducted in the U.S., examined whether high-dose zinc and/or high-dose ascorbic acid (vitamin C) reduced the severity or duration of symptoms compared to usual care among 214 […]

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 […]
Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats from foods like fish, plant oils, nuts, and avocados is good for cardiovascular health.

Q. I understand that “bad fats” can clog my arteries, but what do “good...

A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “A diet rich in saturated fats can increase blood cholesterol levels, especially the more harmful LDL cholesterol. High LDL cholesterol levels can lead to the buildup […]
Look for the word “whole” at or near the top of the ingredient lists on packaged breads.

Q. The bread aisle is a very confusing place. What kind of bread should...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Eating bread is fine, as long as you make good choices and don’t overdo it. In fact, your choice of bread can be an opportunity to improve your dietary pattern. Healthy dietary patterns include whole grains in place of refined […]
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. […]