People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they'll lose it if they don't use it. But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that's something many people tend to overlook, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes...Read more
Is the Paleo diet a good idea? Should you eat like a caveman? "The Paleo Diet," a book by Loren Cordain, has been a best-seller since it was first published in 2002. Do a Google search for Paleo diet and there's no doubt of its popularity. It appeals to the notion that if modern lifestyles are causing health problems, the solution is to going ...Read more
For most of us, eating healthy on the road can be challenging. There's the temptation of snacking, trying foods that may or may not be healthy choices or settling for fast food.
The July 2015 Environmental Nutrition newsletter offers some strategies for summer travels.
1. Pack some healthy choices to take with you whether you are traveling by ...Read more
Sugar is now the ingredient to avoid -- especially added sugar. Now for the first time, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is recommending limiting added sugars to no more than 10 percent of daily calories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now proposing a separate listing for added sugars in its updated Nutrition Facts Panel.
Two of my dear friends died from ovarian cancer, so it's with great interest when I see headlines that say certain diets prevent ovarian cancer. In fact, more than 21,000 women in the U.S. may get a diagnosis of ovarian cancer this year, according to Environmental Nutrition newsletter.
Unfortunately, because there are few symptoms at early ...Read more
The newest research shows that we may need to be eating more protein -- up to 20 to 30 grams per meal, especially for those over 50. The studies, published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June issue.
Dietary protein is a cornerstone of healthy aging, according to Stuart Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FACN, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence ...Read more
A new study in animals suggests that skipping meals sets off a series of metabolic miscues that can result in abdominal weight gain.
In the study, mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance in their livers -- which scientists consider a telltale sign of prediabetes. When the ...Read more
Don't we love to shop at the now-open farmers markets? All the fresh produce, grown locally and bursting with flavor, is irresistible. Each week the offerings change, making it even more fun to see what has been grown and harvested.
Too often, we aren't sure of what to do with all that fresh produce.
Cooking Light offers five tips for choosing...Read more
Dietary Guidelines for Infants and Pregnant Women
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide sound advice for making food and physical activity choices that promote good health and a healthy weight, and help prevent disease for Americans ages 2 years and older. The Dietary Guidelines have traditionally focused on adults and children 2 years ...Read more
Like many foods, avocadoes have their pros and cons -- they're high in calories and high in fat, but it's a good fat. So should you shy away from them because of the fat and calories, or include them in your diet?
The humble avocado is nutrient dense. Nutrient-dense foods provide substantial servings of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients ...Read more
Carotenoids -- found in foods like tomatoes, kale, spinach and carrots -- may play a role in reducing the risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
The study spanned 20 years and adds to a growing body of research on carotenoids, diet and breast cancer risk.
Carotenoids are a large ...Read more
A new study finds that just 15 minutes of daily exercise -- regardless of intensity or weight loss -- can reduce the risk of both liver fat and belly fat, compared to those who are inactive. That belly fat, also called visceral fat, is a sign of poor metabolic health and a risk factor for many cancers.
The study also found that obesity ...Read more
A new study finds that even a moderate amount of exercise -- the equivalent of a daily brisk 20-minute walk - was associated with significant reductions in mortality risk. The study, led by researchers Ulf Ekelund of the University of Cambridge, looked at data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. The study...Read more