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A Fiber-Rich Diet May Improve Response to Immunotherapy Cancer Treatment

Immunotherapy uses a person’s own immune system to fight cancer. One such treatment uses immune checkpoint inhibitors—medicines that target proteins that switch immune cells on and off. Cohort and animal studies have suggested an individual’s gut microbiome may have an impact on their response to this treatment. A study published in the journal Science set […]

Psyllium vs. Wheat Dextrin

Q: What is the difference between psyllium fiber supplements and those with wheat dextrin? A: Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian and managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Psyllium is a natural fiber extracted from seeds or husks of the Plantago ovata plant. Wheat dextrin is a chemically altered form […]

Fruits and Prediabetes

Q: I have recently been diagnosed with prediabetes. Should I stop eating sugary fruits? A: Richard Siegel, MD, co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center, answers: “Whole fruits contain natural sugars, along with fiber (as well as vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that support good health). The fiber slows the absorption of […]

Brunswick Stew

Steps: 1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion, lower heat and cook until tender. Avoid browning. 2. Add all remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer for 30 minutes at medium low. Per serving: Calories: 180; Total Fat: 4 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Total Carbohydrate: 22 g; Total Sugars: 4 g (Added, 0 […]

Loving Your Heart: Cholesterol and You

According to the National Institutes of Health, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. High levels of certain types of cholesterol in your blood increase your risk for heart disease–and the higher your cholesterol levels, the greater your risk. Each year, more than a million Americans […]


Nurturing and supporting a population of beneficial gut bacteria is good for your health. Prebiotics, probiotics, and synbiotics (in foods or supplements) promise to do just that. Emerging research on postbiotics seeks to skip the bacteria and go right to the beneficial molecules they produce. Let’s take a look at what each of these “-biotics” […]

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  • I Hereby Resolve...
  • Newsbites
  • Check Your Nutrition Knowledge!
  • Portion Tips and Tricks
  • White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
  • Ask Tufts Experts

I Hereby Resolve…

It’s that time again! A fresh new year full of promise—and promises. For many of us, January is a time for resolutions (and the months that follow are a time for falling back onto old habits). Why is changing our behavior so difficult? And what can we do to improve our odds of making those […]

Portion Tips and Tricks

Dietary advice often includes measurements. For example: for someone consuming a 2,000 calorie diet, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend two-and-a-half cup-equivalents of vegetables and two cup-equivalents of fruits a day. But what does that actually look like on your plate? Additionally, Nutrition Facts labels contain a suggested serving size (see “Portion or Serving Size?” […]

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health — A New 
National Strategy

For the first time since 1969, the federal government has brought together stakeholders to create a sweeping plan to address nutrition in America. The second White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health took place on September 28, 2022, with bipartisan support from both chambers of Congress. The outcomes of this Conference have the potential […]