Question: I know that it is best to avoid overly processed foods as much as possible. But isn’t the fiber found in fortified foods such as breakfast cereals as good for you as the fiber found in naturally occurring foods? In other words, aren’t all fibers created equal?newsletter_teaser: The fact that many consumers believe that a high-fiber product, regardless of its source, is a healthful option is not surprising. But all fibers are not identical and as a result do not provide the same health benefits.
A number of foods that have been spotlighted recently in the culinary and natural-foods worlds may leave you scratching your head—as in, “I’ve never heard of that before.”
So that you’re not at a loss when you see “asafoetida” on a menu, here is a primer on a few of the more popular ones. See how many of these you’re familiar with, and study up on their reputed health benefits.
Use a three-pronged approach to help frail participants move better, get stronger and improve their balance.
From Italy to India, many countries can teach us a lot about healthy eating—and fortunately, a number of traditional eating habits from various nations can be easily implemented into our diets to give them a nutritional upgrade.
Take a cue from the time-honored dietary strategies of Okinawa, Japan. Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, dietitian, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer in Waterloo, Ontario, shares how.
If you already love coffee, there may be yet another reason to savor your daily dose of the stuff. You might even consider an extra cup, says a new study.
Previous research has suggested that coffee consumption has a protective effect against nonmelanoma skin cancers. However, the protective effect for cutaneous melanoma (malignant and in situ) has been less clear, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2015; doi: 10.1093/jnci/dju421).
Question: A friend recently told me about a new sugar substitute she is using called xylitol. She loves it and feels it is far better than the artificial sweeteners on the market. Can you shed some light on xylitol for me?
Every day there seems to be a new study heralding the work done by the billions of microorganisms in our guts. Probiotics, the live organisms (naturally occurring bacteria) in your body, are working overtime to keep us healthy, and now—according to recent research published in the AHA journal Hypertension (July 21, 2014, doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.03469)— it seems they could play a role in keeping our blood pressure in check.
People around the world are getting more thoughtful about their food and are seeking quality, sustainability and big flavor on the plate.
Largely driven by chefs, microbakers, microbrewers and small-operation farmers, the growing trend for reviving our culinary history includes dogged pursuit and then loving cultivation of near-extinct heirloom crops and livestock. Dedicated artisans are bringing back some foods from the brink of extinction.
Although not particularly glamorous, eating “bugs” is now considered essential for better gut health. And our increasing appetite for so-called “probiotics” is being played out in the proliferation of fermentation cookbooks and food products hitting store shelves.newsletter_teaser: Although not particularly glamorous, eating “bugs” is now considered essential for better gut health. And our increasing appetite for so-called “probiotics” is being played out in the proliferation of fermentation cookbooks and food products hitting store shelves.