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An estimated 34 percent of Americans who want to lose weight have tried a weight loss supplement. A new study reviewed 315 randomized controlled trials testing the effectiveness of 14 dietary supplements, alternative weight loss therapies, or a combination of the two. The authors found most of the studies had small sample sizes, short follow-up […]
There is no proof that any of the diet supplements on the market consistently help with weight loss.

Supplements and Alternative Therapies Not Shown to Help Weight Loss

An estimated 34 percent of Americans who want to lose weight have tried a weight loss supplement. A new study reviewed 315 randomized controlled trials testing the effectiveness of 14 dietary supplements, alternative weight loss therapies, or a combination of the two. The authors found most of the studies had small sample sizes, short follow-up […]
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DASH Diet Plus Sodium Reduction Best for Protecting the Heart

The heart can show signs of damage before a heart attack or other heart problem occurs. Scientists can measure things like inflammation, cardiac injury, and cardiac strain by looking at biomarkers in the blood.Researchers looked at data from the original DASH-Sodium trial and compared the effects of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, […]
If reports of foodborne illness or contaminants have you concerned about eating some healthy foods, a little knowledge and simple actions can ease your worries.

To Worry…or Not to Worry?

Making healthy food choices is hard enough without worrying about the additional potential health impact of things like pesticide residues, environmental contaminants, and rogue bacteria. Fortunately, a little knowledge can help you take control of your food safety and calm those worries. Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli Infection. Outbreaks of disease from Salmonella, Campylobacter, and […]
Eliminating distractions can help you slow down and notice your body’s hungry/full signals.

Slow and Steady Wins the Waist

If you are looking to lose some weight, or simply want to improve or protect your cardiometabolic health, emerging nutrition research suggests a simple new tool that may help: slow down! Fast eating has been associated with excess weight gain and might also have a negative effect on metabolism, raising risk for type 2 diabetes […]
Consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day may help you live longer.

Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day Associated with Longer Life

In an attempt to identify the optimal intake of fruits and vegetables associated with maintaining long-term health, researchers collected information on the typical dietary intake of over 100,000 healthy men and women in the U.S. over a 30 year period. That data was analyzed along with data from 24 other studies. In general, the more […]
Smoothies can be a tasty way to boost fruit and veggie intake... if you do them right.

Smoothies?

For breakfast, snacks, or even meal replacements, smoothies are all the rage. But are they really a healthy choice? That depends on a number of factors, including what is in the smoothie, how much and how quickly you drink it, what it replaces in your diet, and your reasons for drinking it. 1. Ingredients. Some […]
Herbs and spices are not quite the same, but serve the same purpose—flavoring delicious food!

Q. I’m interested in boosting my cooking skills. What is the difference between an...

A. Helen Rasmussen, PhD, RD, an instructor at the Friedman School, as well as a senior research dietitian in the Metabolic Research Unit at the HNRCA, answers: “Herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, basil, and oregano, come from the leafy part of plants with non-woody stems. Sold fresh or dried, they are generally used in larger […]

Q. What does “low” or “reduced” on a label mean, and what is the...

A. Kelly Kane, MS, RD, an assistant professor at the Friedman School and Tufts University School of Medicine and director of nutrition at Tufts Medical Center, answers: “The terms reduced and low on packages or labels are defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In order for a food to be labeled as […]
Flavor plain yogurt with anything you like, from cinnamon, fruit, and granola to cucumber and dill.

Q. You frequently recommend eating plain yogurt, but I find it too sour. What...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “Yogurt supports a healthy gut microbiome and is an excellent source of under-consumed calcium, but it is often loaded with added sugars, which have clearly been shown to be detrimental to health. A regular six-ounce container of strawberry yogurt can have […]
Replacing some calories from carbohydrates (particularly refined carbs) with calories from foods rich in unsaturated fats is a health-promoting choice.

Replacing Some Carbs with Healthy Fats Is Good for Blood Cholesterol Levels

A recent analysis added to our understanding of the relationship between type of dietary fat and blood cholesterol levels. Dietary changes that raise blood levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol and lower “bad” (non-HDL) cholesterol can decrease risk for cardiovascular disease. (Non-HDL cholesterol is a combination of LDL and other lipids.) The study, which combined information […]