Fresh Fruit May Benefit Those with Diabetes

New York Times’ writer Nicholas Bakalar reports on a study showing daily consumption of fresh fruit may have benefits for those with diabetes. The study, in PLOS Medicine, tracked diet and health in 512,891 Chinese men and women ages 30 to 79 for an average of seven years, controlling for smoking, alcohol intake, blood pressure…

Swap Sweet Snacks for Savory Ones

Are you one of the 61% of Americans seeking to reduce their sugar intake, according to International Food Information Council’s 2016 Food and Health Survey?   If so, Kelly Toups, staff dietician and director of Oldways Whole Grains Council offers savory, lower-sugar alternatives to more sugary snacks. Below are just a few options: Granola-lovers:  Make your…

95 Ways to Eat More Veggies

Cooking Light has published a comprehensive list of creative ways to do what many of us fail to: add more vegetables to our diets. Here are five stand-outs: Pack them into pasta sauce. Vegetables like mushrooms, onions, and peas can amp up the flavor and nutrients. Start with this Mostly Veggie Pasta with Sausage recipe….

Eliminating Heavily Processed Foods from Your Diet

: John Mackey, the CEO and founder of Whole Foods, has a new book out. In The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity, he shares how he gave up processed foods in the process of gaining a healthier lifestyle. According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, processed food falls on…

The Worst Foods Men Can Eat

Men’s Health has published a guide to the best and worst foods a man can eat. It rates 54 common foods. Of those, these get the worst grades. Buttered Popcorn “A perfectly healthy whole-grain snack gone horribly wrong when drenched in butter or sugar. Eat it plain and it rates a B.” Rating: F Fast-Food…

Dr. Andrew Weil’s Guide to Treating Indigestion

Andrew Weil, MD is an American doctor who specializes in holistic health and integrative medicine. He blogs about every conceivable topic related to wellness and is an invaluable source of tips for living a healthier lifestyle. His recent post about curing indigestion caught my eye. These are key points from it: “You can get indigestion…

How Caffeine may Boost Memory

Stephanie Watson, Executive Editor, Harvard Women’s Health Watch, has posted findings from a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition about the long-term memory benefits of the caffeine in coffee. The study was conducted by National Institute on Aging researchers who evaluated “tests of thinking skills and memory with caffeine, alcohol, and nutrient intake in 727 men and women…

How Alcohol Is Good for Your Heart

The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) has published a study showing the benefits of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol. Drinking “a glass of wine for women per day, and two glasses for men, is linked to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease,” reports Alice Park in Time.   People…

The Best Diet for Men Over 50

You probably hear it often: that your diet influences your health more than you think. It is not just an apple a day that keeps the doctor away but a complete grocery list of healthy produce, lean meat, and other food items. In an article by Kathleen Doheny, a health and fitness journalist for Everyday…

About one-in-ten Americans follow vegan or vegetarian diets

Some 3% of Americans say they follow a strict vegan or vegetarian diet and another 6% say they are mostly vegan or vegetarian, according to a recent Pew Report. The share of people eating at least mostly vegan/vegetarian diets is considerably higher among those focused on eating healthy and nutritious foods (22% compared with 3%…