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
With spring here, it's time to think about getting outdoors. If hiking or camping is on your agenda, it's important to bring along the right foods. There's plenty to consider besides simply grabbing an energy bar or a bottle of water. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers a few tips to ensure you are well nourished on your next adventure...Read more
After a recent blood test, I was surprised to find out I was low in vitamin D. I shouldn't have been surprised -- most Americans are. Despite being the "sunshine" vitamin, meaning our bodies can make vitamin D from the sun, most of us simply don't get enough of it.
There are two types of vitamin D -- vitamin D-2 and vitamin D-3. Our bodies ...Read more
A new study finds that staying physically active as we age may help prevent brain damage that can later limit mobility.
Small areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are seen in MRI scans of many older patients, according to scientists from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Higher levels of this damage have been ...Read more
We may need to rethink salty snacks.
New research suggests that even if your blood pressure isn't affected by excess consumption of sodium, it may affect your blood vessels, heart, kidneys and the brain.
That's the findings of a paper, "Dietary Sodium and Health: More Than Just Blood Pressure," published in the Journal of the American College ...Read more
From amaranth to quinoa, millet, teff, buckwheat and sorghum, ancient grains are increasingly popular.
"I'm not entirely gluten-free, but I'm moving in that direction," says Camilla Saulsbury, author of Bob's Red Mill, "Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook."
She became interested in ancient grains to add variety to her diet. She ended up with 281 ...Read more
Breakfast habits may play a role in how individuals metabolize high-protein breakfasts, according to a recently published University of Missouri study. An MU researcher compared young women who habitually skip breakfast to those who routinely eat breakfast and found that their metabolic responses to eating a high-protein breakfast were different...Read more
You don't have to train like an Olympic athlete to reap some major benefits from exercise. A new study finds even a few bouts of moderate exercise each week can cut a middle-aged woman's odds for heart disease, blood clots and stroke.
Protection for your heart can come from exercising two to three days a week. And if you exercise more ...Read more
Inflammation isn't something we've heard a lot about when it comes to diet, but the word seems to be more and more at the forefront.
Inflammation contributes to the development of conditions, such as metabolic syndrome and cancer, and interestingly enough, diet plays a role.
Researchers at the University of South Carolina developed a dietary ...Read more
If you've given up on your New Year's resolution to eat healthier and perhaps drop a pound or two, here's a simple way to get back on track: Eat more fiber.
The average person eats as little as 13 grams of fiber per day -- half the recommended amount. That's the result of too many processed foods and not enough fruits and vegetables.
The ...Read more
By the end of January, most of us have had it with colds, flu and sinus infections.
Can what you eat make a difference?
Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system, which may offer protection from seasonal illness, such as the flu, as well as other health problems including arthritis, allergies, abnormal cell development...Read more