For some time now, researchers have been extolling the virtues of functional foods, those whole, fortified, enhanced and enriched foods that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the active components in functional fo...
When it comes to rating diet books, Tufts University is a tough critic. The university has panned everyone from Dr. Phil to Dr. Atkins, while snubbing the Zone and South Beach diets. But now the institution has awarded accolades to three diet books on the market. Here’s a loo...
Looking for a nutrient-dense food that is healthy, requires no cooking or cleanup, can be eaten on the run and appeals to kids? Then consider yogurt, which satisfies all of these criteria and more.
Research has demonstrated that yogurt can help meet changing nutrition needs during every stage of life. Like most dairy products, it is a good source of protein; an average 8-ounce se...
We all know that getting adequate calcium during childhood is essential to building strong teeth and bones. But what effect does a calcium-rich diet have on weight gain in youngsters, especially adolescent girls who are particularly concerned about body image?
To determine that, researchers examined 59 girls over a period of 2 years. The girls, who were 9 years old at the star...
Women who eat large amounts of carbohydrates with a high glycemic load may be at much higher risk for developing colon cancer, according to a study that appeared in the February 2004 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The culprit? Higher blood sugar levels and an elevated insulin response that can foster tumor growth. In fact, women who frequently ate foods like refine...
According to a recent scientific advisory
issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), there is no justification to fork over money for expensive antioxidant dietary supplements to help prevent or treat cardiovascular disease (CVD). Instead, the AHA says, get all the antioxidants you need from a diet high in plain old fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are molecules that reduce the damage to cells and DNA caused by free radicals, unpaired (and therefore unstable) atoms created by everyday biological processes.
Serve this tasty chutney
as a dip or as a topping for
whole grains, steamed veggies,
chicken, fish or tofu.
4 cups diced cantaloupe
(about 1 melon)
1⁄3 cup golden raisins
1⁄3 cup minced red onion
1⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄4 cup water
3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Are you one of the 1–2 million Americans who are gluten-intolerant and need to avoid products that contain wheat? If so, you may want to investigate a whole grain known as sorghum, which is increasingly being used in products ranging from bread to waffles to noodles.