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September 2017

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What Foods Can Cause Headaches?

People get headaches for many different reasons. Sometimes they may be triggered by what we eat or drink. Going too long without eating also may trigger headaches.

New Insights: Glycemic Index —Subscribers Only

Guessing the effects of a meal on your blood sugar isn't easy, even if you use the glycemic index. That's a ranking of how much standardized (50-gram available carbohydrate) portions of individual foods increase blood sugar. But, people typically eat a mix of different foods at any one time, which makes using the glycemic index less straightforward.

Celebrating 35 Years of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter —Subscribers Only

Newer subscribers to Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter may not know that this award-winning newsletter got its start with Stanley N. Gershoff, PhD, (19242017) at the helm. He developed the newsletter (originally called Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Letter) in 1983 and edited it until 2000. There's much more we have to thank him for in the field of nutrition though.

Are Chemicals Contributing to the Obesity Epidemic? —Subscribers Only

Why are more than two-thirds of adults and about one-third of kids in the US overweight or obese? Two key factors in weight control are our eating habits and physical activity levels. But, complex interactions between our genetics and environmental factors may play a role, too.

Ask Tufts Experts

Is The Phytoestrogen in Soy Milk Linked to Breast Cancer?

Q. I've been drinking soy milk daily for years. Since it contains phytoestrogens, I wonder if it puts me at higher risk of developing breast cancer?

Lost Sense of Taste: Will It Come Back?

Q. I recently lost my sense of taste. I can taste spices somewhat. Can you tell me if and how I can get back my sense of taste?

Does Coffee Cause Calcium Loss?

I heard that drinking coffee can cause calcium loss from the body. Is that true?


Live Longer: Improve Your Diet Quality Long Term

Improving your eating pattern and sticking to these changes for the long haul may have a big impact on reducing your risk of dying prematurely. Those were the findings of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Fido May Help You Get Fit

A dog may provide the nudge you need to be more physically active as you get older, suggests a new study in BioMed Central Public Health.

Coffee and Herbal Tea: Good for Your Liver?

A new observational study in the Journal of Hepatology suggests regularly drinking coffee or herbal tea may help protect against liver fibrosis (hardening due to scar tissue). That's assessed by measuring liver stiffness with a scan.

Fried Potatoes: A Strike Against Longevity?

Eating fried potatoes (such as French fries, potato chips and hash browns) two or more times a week was associated with twice the risk of dying prematurely, compared to eating fried spuds no more than once a month, showed a new observational study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Label Revisions Delayed

The FDA has announced that it is extending the date by which manufacturers must implement changes to the Nutrition Facts label. The original deadline was July 2018 (or July 2019 for small companies).

Special Reports

Making Healthy Meals with Minimal Fuss —Subscribers Only

Many people are pressed for time (and sometimes energy) when it comes to putting dinner on the table. But, sometimes we make it harder than it needs to be. You'll be ready to whip up a quick meal any day of the week if you stock your kitchen with minimally-prepped, nutritious ingredients (think: frozen vegetables, precooked brown rice and frozen fish fillets) and simple ideas for quick-fix dishes.

Nutrition Then and Now —Subscribers Only

Advice about how to eat for good health sometimes changes. To you, it may seem like scientists can't make up their minds. What's really happening is that scientists are continually learning new things about nutrition and health through research studies. Experts modify dietary guidance based on the totality of scientific evidence on a given topic.