Healthy Eating

Phytonutrients: Paint your plate with the colors of the rainbow

Phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables can protect us from chronic diseases if we eat enough of them. Because different produce contains different phytonutrients, consuming as much of a variety as possible is the best way to benefit from this protection.

A practical guide to the Mediterranean diet

Making small, gradual changes to your eating habits and patterns is an easy way to incorporate the Mediterranean diet approach into your life.

Frozen treats: Navigating the options

When it’s time for a treat, ice cream is one of the most popular choices. There are now many more “frozen dessert” options besides frozen yogurt, like non-dairy products. Are any of them better for you than ice cream, or worse?

Sweeteners: Time to rethink your choices?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Non-sugar sweeteners are popular, but there have been questions about their safety, so are they worth it? Researchers examined dozens of studies to assess the risks and benefits of various sweeteners available.

Should I be eating more fiber?

Most Americans eat less than half the recommended amount of fiber, even though there’s plenty of evidence showing the many benefits of a fiber-rich diet.

Planet-friendly, plant-based home cooking

The nutrition building blocks of plant-based meals are vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. These are easy to cook and relatively inexpensive, and people who prepare more meals at home tend to have better health profiles.

In defense of French fries

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Researchers found that frequent consumers of French fries don’t live as long as those who eat them less often, but as is often the case, the conclusion only tells part of the story. Are French fries really a “death food”? Not necessarily, and probably not.

Why keep a food diary?

For those looking to improve their diet or lose weight, keeping a food diary is a useful tool. Recording information for at least a week will help people identify habits and patterns that will help them set realistic goals.

Dairy: Health food or health risk?

Matthew Solan

Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Are dairy products good for us, or not? There’s a lot of conflicting information. Dairy products are good sources of calcium, protein, and vitamin D, but choosing lower-fat versions is still probably better for overall health.

Going Mediterranean to prevent heart disease

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

A Mediterranean-style diet has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. In terms of healthy habits, it’s one of the best choices you can make, and adopting it into an everyday, real-life behavior is not as difficult as you might think.