Nutrition

Nutrition Articles

Say cheese?

Even though dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and milk contain saturated fat, they don’t seem to pose a risk to heart health. Other nutrients found in dairy products, such as calcium and potassium, which may help lower blood pressure, may explain the observation. But some nutrition experts recommend choosing low-fat milk and yogurt and not eating too much cheese. Replacing dairy fat with plant-based unsaturated fat appears to be a healthier choice.  (Locked) More »

Where the worst type of fat is hiding in supermarket foods

Trans fats are found in many processed foods, such as pastries, crackers, breakfast cereal, and soup. But the Nutrition Facts label can show zero trans fat if there is less than half a gram per serving. To detect trans fat in food, one should look at a food’s ingredient list and look for partially hydrogenated oils, which are trans fats. Some foods that contain trans fat may be surprising, such as frozen fish fillets, cappuccino mixes, and even seasoned bread crumbs.  (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Best protein: animals or plants?

Men need about 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight every day. Animal products contain some of the highest amounts, but many sources also include high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. Plant proteins might be a healthier choice since they also include essential vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients. (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Reversing atherosclerosis?

Some people may be able to reverse the buildup of plaque inside their heart’s arteries by taking high-dose cholesterol-lowering drugs or by following a strict, plant-based diet combined with exercise and stress reduction.  (Locked) More »

How to cut back on sugar and salt

Guidelines recommend limiting sugar to 10% of calories and sodium to 2,300 milligrams per day. Avoiding sweetened beverages and processed and packaged foods is key to reducing intake. Using spices and eating whole fruits can ease cravings for both salt and sugar. (Locked) More »

The A list of B12 foods

It’s common for older people to have some level of vitamin B12 deficiency. This might stem not only from a poor diet, but also from age-related reduction in stomach acid, which the body needs in order to absorb B12 from food. The average adult should get 2.4 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 a day, according to the National Institutes of Health, which often can be reached by ensuring people add certain everyday foods to their diet, like fortified cereal, certain fish, yogurt, and low-fat milk.   (Locked) More »