This may be surprising news about Alzheimer's: Lifestyle choices may affect the risk for up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases, according to a review of research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Aug. 20 online issue.
Investigators reviewed the findings of 323 studies completed between 1968 and 2014. Collectively...Read more
You've probably heard about the benefits of eating a handful of nuts -- walnuts, almonds or pecans. You can add pistachios to the list as well. A research article, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, April 2015, compiled results from several research articles that highlighted the potential benefits of regular pistachio consumption.
Focus on Fiber
Your morning dose of fiber in your cereal does a lot more than move things along in your intestinal tract. A fiber-rich diet may also lower your risk of hypertension and diabetes.
The problem is most of us don't get enough fiber. The average intake is 15 grams per day. Women need 25 grams and men, 38 grams.
Here are some ...Read more
As a supermarket dietitian, I get quite a few questions about those who may have been diagnosed as prediabetic. What exactly does that mean?
Prediabetes means that your blood-sugar level is higher than normal (typically over 100 when fasting), but not yet high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes (a blood glucose level of 126 or higher ...Read more
Look at a food label and you'll see the amount of fat, cholesterol, sodium and even sugar. Everything but the sugar is also listed as a percent daily value -- the percentage of recommended daily calories for a particular nutrient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to change that. The agency wants food labels to include more ...Read more
We are hearing more and more about the benefits of a low-inflammation diet -- one that helps reduce inflammation, which can lead to other problems. Low-grade inflammation can operate for years in our bodies until stress or some other event, causes it to turn into cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease.
The right foods can make ...Read more
Not sure about what type of milk to drink anymore? Here are some answers to questions about dairy in our diets.
Should people who are sensitive to lactose avoid dairy foods completely? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines suggest that avoiding dairy altogether may lead to deficient intake of several key nutrients. Rather than avoid dairy ...Read more
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