Nutrition Articles

Magnesium content in milligrams (mg) of certain foods

Surveys suggest that many Americans don't get enough magnesium in their diets. It's important to make sure that you're including whole grains, dark-green leafy vegetables, and legumes in your diet. Here's a list of foods and their magnesium content. (Locked) More »

Cholesterol-lowering foods outdo low-saturated-fat diet

People with high cholesterol are urged to eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. A study suggests that when it comes to reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, they may do even better if they also eat certain cholesterol-lowering foods. The findings were published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.   (Locked) More »

What foods are included in the portfolio diet?

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that a vegetarian diet emphasizing a “portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods did a better job of reducing low-density lipoprotein — the so-called “bad” cholesterol — than a low-saturated-fat vegetarian diet. All participants in the study followed a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (Locked) More »

Soy may be okay for breast cancer survivors

Soy seemed to be just the ticket for women: heart-healthy, good for bones, and helpful for hot flashes. And then there was the low rate of breast cancer in soy-consuming countries. Early research indicated that soy protein could lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. The latest study suggests that breast cancer survivors can eat soy foods in moderation. (Locked) More »

In the news: Report sets new dietary intake levels for vitamin D and calcium

Studies suggest that we take much more vitamin D than we do now — especially those of us living in northern climes who may get too little sunlight to produce adequate amounts in the skin. Many scientists have advocated vitamin D doses much higher than the present recommended dose to prevent a host of chronic conditions. But the report of an expert panel convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that high doses of vitamin D aren't necessary and might even be harmful. Many people — including many clinicians and researchers — were taken by surprise. (Locked) More »

New thinking on saturated fat

The evolving understanding of the different types of fats in foods has changed the perception of saturated fat. Eaten in moderation, it is a useful part of the diet and is unlikely to affect cardiovascular health. More »

Strategies for cutting back on salt

The Institute of Medicine's newly released report, Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, focuses on big-picture strategies for reining in America's salt habit. Although the report's recommendations represent an essential step forward, there are many things that individuals, chefs, and organizations can do right now to reduce sodium. Many of these guidelines offer a "stealth health" approach to sodium reduction — ways that sodium can be reduced with no change or minimal change to consumer food experiences or choices. Others suggest ways to rebalance and re-imagine food choices as well as introduce new foods that can easily translate into satisfying meals. More »