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While earlier studies had suggested low blood levels of vitamin D might increase the severity of COVID-19 infection, a recent observational study found that low levels of vitamin D were not associated with getting the virus in the first place. The study tested over 18,000 individuals ages 37 to 56 for anti-bodies indicating past infection […]
Vitamin D

Vitamin D Levels Not Associated with COVID-19 Infection

While earlier studies had suggested low blood levels of vitamin D might increase the severity of COVID-19 infection, a recent observational study found that low levels of vitamin D were not associated with getting the virus in the first place. The study tested over 18,000 individuals ages 37 to 56 for anti-bodies indicating past infection […]
There are a number of ways to keep dairy in your diet, despite lactose intolerance.

Making Lactose Tolerable

If you are one of the estimated 30 million adults in the U.S. who feels bloated or develops diarrhea, gas, or a rumbling tummy after eating dairy products, you may not have a sufficient amount of the enzyme lactase in your small intestines to break down the milk sugar lactose. The beneficial microbes in your […]
Lentils come in many different colors and sizes. All are delicious, healthful, versatile, and easy to cook.

Lentils: Easy, Tasty Nutrition

Lentils may not be a staple in your pantry, but they should be! Easy to prepare, delicious, nutritious, and versatile—these tiny legumes check the boxes of an excellent food choice in a healthy dietary pattern. Despite research on the emerging health benefits of regular legume consumption, most Americans are not giving them the love they […]
Exercise may improve liver health, even without weight loss.

Exercise is Good for Your Liver

A recent trial found that getting moving can improve liver health in people with obesity, even without weight loss. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common condition in which excess fat accumulates in the liver, often in response to diets high in starch and sugar. NAFLD is the most common form of liver disease […]
Simple tricks can help your veggies explode with flavor.

Flavor!

If you equate healthy dietary choices to eating like a rabbit or you’re simply tired of the same old veggies, take heart! Open that spice drawer, stock up on tasty (and nutritious) toppings, and get ready for easy, delicious dishes.       Science Says. There’s no question that vegetables are a health-promoting choice. “Dietary […]
CHIMICHURRI

Chimichurri Sauce

Ingredients: 1 cup parsley (or ½ cup parsley and ½ cup cilantro) 2 Tbsp fresh oregano (or 2 tsp dried) ¼ cup red wine or cider vinegar 3 cloves garlic Pinch red pepper flakes (optional) 1/3 cup olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Steps: Pulse parsley, oregano, vinegar, garlic, and red pepper flakes several […]
pickled vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Ingredients: ½ cup water ½ cup white vinegar Salt to taste (½ to 1 tsp) Sugar to taste (0 to 1 tsp) ½ lb raw vegetables* (about 1½ cups), cut into bite-sized pieces, matchsticks, florets, or rings Optional flavor add-ins: 1 or 2 sprigs fresh herbs or ½ to 1 tsp dried herbs (dill, thyme, […]
Plant Based

“Plant-Based” Diets Done Right

Plant-based diets (patterns that maximize plant-derived foods and minimize animal-derived foods) are a good choice for your health. They are consistently associated with lower risk of various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. And plant-based foods are generally better for the environment. But not all plant-based choices are equally healthful. Highly processed […]
Lentils

Lentils with Blistered Tomatoes and Kale

Ingredients Tomatoes: 2 tsp olive oil ½ lb tomatoes, cherry or grape; halved Pinch of salt Lentils: 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp shallot or onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 2 cups green or brown lentils, cooked OR 1 (15 oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp salt […]
The gut wall controls what gets absorbed into the bloodstream. A loosening of this barrier could potentially have negative health effects.

Food Choices May Increase Inflammatory Gut Microbes

The bacteria that live in our gut have a critical role in helping or hurting our health. A new study found intake of some foods was consistently associated with the presence of “bad” bacteria, and others with “good” bacteria. The researchers examined bacteria in the stool of over 1,400 individuals in the Netherlands and compared […]