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Nutrition for Moms-to-Be

Good nutrition is important at every stage of life, and when a woman is eating for two, food decisions can be even more confusing and stressful! If you or someone in your life is pregnant or hoping to become pregnant, there are a few key dietary needs to keep in mind. To celebrate the mothers […]
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I see lots of ads and Web pages touting the benefits of antioxidant vitamins....

A. Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and executive editor of this newsletter, answers: “Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, molecules in need of an electron which roam the body potentially causing damage by taking electrons from other molecules. Many detrimental effects of aging and […]
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News Bites May 2022

Walking Can Preserve Women’s Muscle with Age, No Extra Protein Needed A trial that asked if milk was better at helping build muscle than a nondairy milk alternative found out that increasing walking was all that was necessary to increase daily muscle protein synthesis. For three days, twenty-two older women were put on standardized diets […]
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Phytochemicals: The Nutrients You Never Heard of

Each plant we consume contains hundreds of phytochemicals. Scientists are just beginning to understand how these fascinating plant compounds behave in our bodies. We talked to Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, professor emeritus at Tufts’ Friedman School and former director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, to find out […]
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Cardiac Arrest: What You Need to Know

Every year in the U.S., more than 356,000 people of all ages suffer sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or while otherwise going about their daily lives. That’s almost 1,000 people a day. Nearly 90 percent are fatal. What is Cardiac Arrest? Your heart runs on electrical signals. A small cluster of specialized cells […]
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Busting Weight Loss Myths

We know that carrying excess weight increases risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, back and joint pain, and more. Anyone who has tried knows that reaching or maintaining a healthy weight can be difficult.
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Protect Yourself from Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Following screening recommendations is essential to prevention, but lifestyle...

Is Low-Carb Eating for You?

Low-carbohydrate weight loss diets have become mainstream. Before jumping on the bandwagon, take a look at the answers to these common questions: What is Low-Carb Eating? Carbohydrates (sugars, starches, and fiber) are found naturally in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. But most carbohydrates in modern diets come from highly processed foods made […]
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Eating for the Environment in Five Simple Steps

The food choices you make can have a real impact on the environment. Growing crops and raising animals for food creates about a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for about 70 percent of all freshwater use the vast majority of tropical deforestation. On top of that, food waste and packaging have […]
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Should You Avoid Grains?

Word on the street (or at least on the internet) is that grains—all grains—are bad choices. But research consistently associates higher intake of whole grain foods with better health outcomes. We asked some experts to help us understand who might need to avoid these ubiquitous foods, and how the rest of us can enjoy them […]
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