Nutrition Articles

8 ways to eat more fruits and vegetables

Only about one in 10 adults in the United States eats the 1.5 to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables recommended per day by the federal dietary guidelines. Common barriers include a lack of time, habit, and cost concerns. (Locked) More »

Do you eat enough protein?

Guidelines say Americans can obtain 10% to 35% of their daily calories as protein. Higher-protein diets may have health benefits, but these are as yet unproven. Obtain protein from a range of healthy plant sources as well as meat. More »

Should you go organic?

While organic foods have fewer synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and are free of hormones and antibiotics, they don't appear to have a nutritional advantage over their conventional counterparts. More »

Protein sources that are best for your heart

The average American gets about 16% of his or her daily calories from protein. Exactly how much is optimal for health isn’t known and probably varies by age. For heart disease prevention, the source of the protein may be more important than the amount. Plant-based protein sources such as beans and nuts contain healthy unsaturated fats and fiber. Most animal-based protein sources such as meat and eggs contain saturated fat, which is less healthy than unsaturated fat. Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, and deli meats, are the least healthy forms of protein. (Locked) More »