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The snack aisle is packed with a confusing array of chip options. We’ve got some smart strategies to help you choose more healthful yet satisfying chips. Don’t be misled. Chip packages are crowded with big, bold claims to convince you they are healthy choices to take home. Front-of-package claims and pictures are not always reliable, […]
There are a wide variety of chips on the market. None are the healthiest snack choice, but some are better than others.

“Healthy” Chips?

The snack aisle is packed with a confusing array of chip options. We’ve got some smart strategies to help you choose more healthful yet satisfying chips. Don’t be misled. Chip packages are crowded with big, bold claims to convince you they are healthy choices to take home. Front-of-package claims and pictures are not always reliable, […]
Don’t just sit there! Spend more time standing (and moving) to fight diabetes.

More Time Standing May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A study of sedentary adults at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes found that spending more time standing, rather than sitting, may lower risk. The 64 study participants, ages 40 to 65, had metabolic syndrome—a cluster of conditions (including high blood sugar, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, large waist circumference, and high blood pressure) […]
Consuming foods like fish, plant oils, and nuts rich in certain fatty acids and other nutrients may help protect your brain from damaging iron accumulation.

Dietary Intake May Help Protect your Brain

Results of a recently-published study suggest what we eat may help protect our brains from iron accumulation and associated cognitive decline. Researchers assessed the nutrient intake of 73 healthy adults ages 61 to 86 years. They assessed participants’ brain iron concentrations (using non-invasive scans) and tested their memory. Participants who consumed more foods  (like plant […]
Dietary changes and regular physical activity may help control even resistant hypertension, but professional guidance may be necessary.

Diet and Lifestyle Changes can Tame Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure

A new study confirms long-standing evidence that dietary and other lifestyle changes are a key solution to high blood pressure—even resistant hypertension (high blood pressure difficult to control with medication). This randomized clinical trial enrolled 140 adults, average age 63 years, with resistant hypertension for a four-month study. One group received supervised lifestyle intervention, including […]
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 […]
The health-promoting compounds in cherries are not unique, but it can’t hurt to include them in a healthy dietary pattern.

Q. I have heard that cherries are good for arthritis. Can drinking cherry juice...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Anecdotal evidence suggests eating cherries or drinking cherry juice may help with inflammatory conditions like gout and osteoarthritis. [For more on gout, see page 3.] So far, results of research have been mixed. “Like other dark red fruits and vegetables, […]
Fiber is found naturally in a wide array of foods. Added fibers in processed foods may not offer the same health benefits.

Q. I’ve noticed that a lot of food packages boast the product has extra...

A. Nicola McKeown, PhD, an associate professor at the Friedman School, answers: “Dietary fiber has a role in helping to lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels, reduce calorie intake, and increase the frequency of bowel movements. It also supports a healthy gut microbiome. It is recommended that adults consume between 25 and 30 grams of […]
Loss of bone density leads to weak, porous bones (like those on the right) that break easily.

Should YOU Worry About Osteoporosis?

In estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, a bone disease that occurs when the body loses calcium from bone faster than it builds new bone, leading to low bone density. This condition increases the risk of a broken bone. Such fractures happen in about half of women and up to one quarter of men over […]
We get vitamin D from sun exposure and a few foods (fatty fish, mushrooms, egg yolk, and fortified milk and juices).

Vitamin D and Your Health: Unanswered Questions

If you take supplements in an effort to raise your blood levels of vitamin D, protect your bone health, or boost your immune system, you may be surprised to learn we don’t actually have any proof that taking vitamin D supplements benefits health in the general population—and there is a lot of evidence that it […]
pain, redness, and swelling.

Keep Gout at Bay

More than nine million U.S. adults are living with the painful symptoms and disability caused by gout. Diet is an important part of avoiding flare-ups. What is Gout? Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis linked to high levels of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is made when purines—compounds that occur naturally […]