Nutrition News: Nitrate Confusion
If you're confused about consuming nitrates, you're not alone.
Many studies suggest that nitrates benefit cardiovascular health; other studies suggest they may increase cancer risk.
Nitrates are naturally present in many leafy greens, such as arugula and other vegetables; meats, especially processed meats; and drinking water, and they have ...Read more
Nutrition News: Dietary Guidelines and Good Gut Health
Good gut health may be as simple as following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. A new study by researchers at the University of Illinois finds a strong connection between good gut health and adhering to the Dietary Guidelines.
Nutrition News: Mediterranean for Mental Health
Most of us eat better if we're in a better state of mind. The relationship between nutrition and mental health is the subject of a growing number of studies.
For example, recent studies have identified benefits in helping reduce depression for those who eat according to the Mediterranean diet pattern. A 2019 review published in The American ...Read more
Nutrition News: Heart Health = Weight Loss
A study by researchers at Ohio State University confirms what most of us know about weight loss -- increased exercise and a healthy diet are the keys rather than skipping meals and using prescription diet pills.
The researchers examined adherence to the American Heart Association's Life's Essential 8 recommendations among people with and ...Read more
Nutrition News: Eating for Your Heart
If you're looking for a heart-healthy diet, the American Heart Association has some recommendations.
An evidence-based analysis of 10 popular dietary patterns shows that some promote heart health better than do others. A new American Heart Association scientific statement concludes that the Mediterranean, Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (...Read more
Nutrition News: Breakfast for Better Health
Breakfast may or may not be the most important meal of the day, but it's certain that regularly eating breakfast not only offers fuel to start your day but also has been linked to reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and short-term memory loss in adults. Yet, an estimated 10% to 20% of adults in the U.S. skip breakfast.
Nutrition News: Diet and Miscarriage Risks
Eating a healthy diet may help reduce the risk of a miscarriage, according to research at the University of Birmingham.
Researchers analyzed 20 studies that explored women's eating habits in the months before and shortly after conceiving a baby to see whether studies showed an association with a lower or higher chance of miscarriage. The study ...Read more
Nutrition News: Get Moving to Lower Blood Sugar
A few months before my daughter had my grandson, she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I admit to being a helicopter mom and dietitian -- at the same time. As I checked on her blood sugar, we both realized it often helped if she took a walk after eating. And after my grandson was born, everything cleared up on its own.
Now, there are ...Read more
Nutrition News: Time at the Table
Time at the Table
Want your children to eat healthier? Have them stay at the table longer.
In a randomized clinical trial, researchers found that longer family mealtimes may be an effective strategy to get kids to eat healthier. The trial found that children who spent just 10 minutes more at the table consumed significantly more fruits and ...Read more
Nutrition News: Small Changes for Less Cancer
The latest headlines tell us eating processed and ultraprocessed foods may increase the risk of various cancers. A new study suggests that risk can be reduced by replacing even a small amount of processed foods with an equal amount of minimally processed foods.
Processed food covers a wide gamut and includes cheeses, canned vegetables with ...Read more
Nutrition News: Nutrition for Healthy Gums
If you have healthy gums, chances are you're eating a healthy diet. The same goes for our children. It's not only important we all brush and floss our teeth, but also that we have a healthy diet.
Periodontal disease affects 90% of the world's population, and it's associated with many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, ...Read more
Nutrition News: Healthy Kidneys
If you want to help your kidneys, add more seafood to your diet.
Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood were associated with a moderately lower risk of chronic kidney disease and a slower decline in kidney function, according to a study published in the journal, The BMJ. But interestingly, associations weren't found with higher ...Read more
Nutrition News: The Case for Carbohydrates
A new study finds that we really do need carbohydrates. For years, carbs have taken a bad rap as the popularity of Atkins and keto diets soared. The truth is carbs aren't bad: Complex carbs -- carbs with fiber -- are very much needed in a healthy diet pattern.
The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, looked...Read more