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May 2019

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The Buzz about Nightshades —Subscribers Only

Vegetables from plants in the Solanaceae family (also called nightshades) have been getting a bad rap. Peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplants, and their botanical cousins are accused of harboring harmful compounds that aggravate arthritis pain and inflammation. Understanding what’s behind these assertions may help ease concerns.

Don’t Fear “Anti-nutrients” —Subscribers Only

There are natural compounds found in many healthy foods—including leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains—that have been thought to potentially decrease the nutritional value of these foods. Sometimes called “anti-nutrients,” these compounds may bind with specific vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients, limiting their absorption by the body.

How Diet Impacts Bone Health

Healthy bone is a balancing act. Our bodies continually remove older bone and replace it with new. As adults, if we lose bone at too fast a rate, replace it at too slow a rate, or both, the result is osteoporosis—weak, porous bones that fracture easily.

Ask Tufts Experts

Q. Is there a nutritional difference between eating whole flax and milled flax?

Q. Is there a nutritional difference between eating whole flax and milled flax?

Q. Is it true you should not take soy products when you are using Synthroid for hypothyroidism?

Q. Is it true you should not take soy products when you are using Synthroid for hypothyroidism?

NewsBites

Eating Fruits, Vegetables, and Fish Linked to Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration —Subscribers Only

The American Journal of Ophthalmology recently published results from a cohort study which found that consumption of fish, fruit, and vegetables in amounts generally consistent with international recommendations for the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) was associated with lower risk of AMD.

Ultra-processed Foods Also Associated with Higher Risk of Death

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine published recent research that a higher intake of ultra-processed foods, such as packaged snacks, desserts, sugary drinks, processed meats, and ready-made meals, was associated with higher death risk among middle-aged adults in France.

Fried Foods Associated with Higher Risk of Death

Frequent fried food intake was associated with a higher risk of death among U.S. women, according to a study recently published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Total Weight Loss Tied to Improved Health

When it comes to health, further research supports the notion that steadily losing weight over time (and keeping it off) is more important than losing weight quickly.

Special Reports

Beating Hypertension—the “Silent Killer”

One in three American adults has hypertension (high blood pressure). And, because hypertension causes few obvious symptoms, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know it.