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Food Processing and Your Health: Balancing Benefits and Risks

There is a growing body of research suggesting high intake of processed foods is associated with various health problems, especially when those foods are highly—or ultra—processed. Many public health guidelines, from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to World Health Organization recommendations, encourage limiting intake of processed foods. But what, exactly, are processed foods? (See “What […]

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  • Is That Popular Diet Plan a Healthy Choice?
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Small Amounts of Physical Activity Can Have Big Benefits
  • Grab-n-Go Lunch
  • FEATURED RECIPE: Hummus and Veggie Wraps
  • ASK TUFTS EXPERTS: Activated charcoal; oatmeal vs. oat bran

Grab-n-Go Lunch

Whether you’re off to work, school, or a day trip, packing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. While it can be tempting to turn to time-saving convenience foods, these often highly processed items may not be the best choice (see this month’s Special Supplement for more information). Pack in Nutrition. […]

Is That Popular Diet Plan a Healthy Choice?

The recommended dietary pattern includes a combination of vegetables, fruits, non-fat and reduced-fat dairy, whole grains, fish, poultry, lean meats, and plant oils. “Consuming a variety of foods across all the food groups is important to ensuring you get all the nutrients you need,” says Susan B. Roberts, PhD, senior scientist and director of the […]

Small Amounts of Physical Activity Can Have Big Benefits

For ideal health and physical well-being, it’s recommended each week adults aim to do a total of two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity). Even if you don’t meet this physical activity target, considerable research has demonstrated any activity is better than none. Why Move More? “We are beginning […]

What’s Your ASCVD Risk?

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), commonly referred to as simply cardiovascular disease or heart disease, is a major cause of illness and death in the United States. Knowing your risk can help you and your healthcare provider determine the best ways to lower that risk and prevent ASCVD from occurring. What is ASCVD? ASCVD is characterized […]

NewsBites: September 2022

There is No Proof Dietary Supplements Help Prevent CVD or Cancer The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released recommendations discouraging the use of vitamin and/or mineral supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer. The USPSTF concluded that: The balance of benefits and harms cannot be determined for any vitamin or mineral […]

Easy, Flavorful, 
Exciting Veggies

The research is clear: eating more whole or minimally processed plants is better for our health. Knowing how to easily make foods like vegetables taste great can help you consume more of these health-promoting options in place of less healthful choices. Building Flavor. Most U.S. adults don’t meet the recommended intake of vegetables. When we […]

Policy In Action: Nutrition Security

The majority of Americans do not meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and this puts them at elevated risk for numerous diet-related chronic diseases. Public policy has an important role to play in making sure everyone in the U.S. has access to nutritious, safe, affordable food to lower the risk of developing […]