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If food manufacturers comply with the request to reduce the sodium in processed foods it could have a positive impact on public health.

Food Manufacturers Asked to Voluntarily Lower Sodium to Improve Public Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released voluntary sodium reduction goals for the food industry. According to the FDA, “this guidance is intended to provide measurable voluntary short-term (2.5-year) goals for sodium content in commercially processed, packaged, and prepared foods to reduce excess population sodium intake, while recognizing and supporting the important roles sodium […]
Letters have gone out to several supplement makers warning of unsubstantiated claims on supplements marketed for diabetes.

FDA Questions Claims on Dietary Supplements Marketed for Diabetes

The FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued warnings to 10 companies regarding fraudulent marketing claims that their dietary supplements prevent, treat, or cure diabetes. The companies made claims that certain products could lower blood glucose levels, reduce hemoglobin A1c, or impact health in other ways. Claims that a product can cure, mitigate, […]
Don’t count on that diet drink to help you lose weight.

The Artificial Sweetener Sucralose May Increase Food Cravings

A recently published randomized controlled crossover trial found that the artificial sweetener sucralose may increase food cravings and appetite. The study, which included 74 healthy young adults, used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tests to observe the unconscious brain reactions to plain water vs. water flavored with either sucrose (table sugar) or the high intensity […]
A well-nourished population would have been less severely impacted by COVID-19. Personal and policy changes can help us be better prepared in the future.

COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Increase Risk of Non-COVID Deaths

Data are overwhelming that vaccination reduces risk of death from COVID-19. Now new research provides clear evidence to combat rumors vaccines themselves could be dangerous or even deadly. Researchers compared medical records from 6.4 million U.S. adults who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines to those of 4.6 million unvaccinated […]
Foods and beverages are converted into energy that fuels the body. Maximize your energy with good dietary and lifestyle habits.

Energy Levels and Diet

A new year is upon us, and it’s going to take plenty of energy to make good on all those resolutions! If you’re looking for more energy to be healthy and active, or simply to feel your best—your plate is the perfect place to start. What Powers Our Bodies? “The food you eat supplies your […]
Good nutrition can help prevent and treat some conditions associated with the worst COVID-19 outcomes.

Q. I know a healthy diet can help prevent some chronic diseases. Can good...

A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School and executive editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “As of this writing, COVID-19 has already killed one in 500 Americans. The best way to protect yourself and everyone you come in contact with from this […]

Q. I do my best to keep up with the latest nutrition advice, but...

A. Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN, managing editor of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter, answers: “There are several factors that lead to confusion around nutrition advice. One is that nutrition science, like any other scientific disciplines, is always evolving. A more significant cause of confusion is the way this evolving research is conveyed to the […]
There is a seemingly endless supply of supplements marketed to combat aging. So far, there is no good evidence any of them work.

Anti-Aging Dietary Supplements: Fact vs. Marketing Fiction

Our quest for the fountain of youth is a big business. It has been estimated that the anti-aging products market in the U.S. was over $14 billion in 2020, and it’s projected to be worth over $83 billion by 2027. These products include supposedly anti-aging herbs, vitamins, and other dietary supplements. The anti-aging claims made […]
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) […]