Nutrition Articles

Tea: Drink to Your Health?

Drinking tea provides a number of different health benefits, from lowering heart disease and stroke risk, to protecting against several types of cancer. The less processed tea leaves are, the more health-promoting compounds they contain. Green teas have the most nutritional benefit, followed by oolong and black teas. (Locked) More »

Chocolate: Pros and cons of this sweet treat

Cocoa is rich in flavonoids, which appear to have beneficial effects on blood pressure, cholesterol, blood flow, and other heart risks. Cocoa flavonoids may also improve blood flow to areas of the brain needed for thinking and memory. Still, it’s important to eat chocolate in moderation, because it’s also high in fat and calories. More »

Sodas linked to endometrial cancer

Drinking sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages may increase the risk of the most common type of endometrial cancer. Sugar-free drinks didn't confer the same risks. (Locked) More »

Best nondairy sources of calcium

Dairy foods—milk, yogurt, and cheese—are not the only foods that contain calcium. Other foods—including leafy green vegetables and fish—can supplement calcium intake, or supplant it for people who are vegan, lactose-intolerant, or just not fond of milk and yogurt. (Locked) More »

Eating for good vision

Carrots aren’t the only food that can improve eye health and protect against the development of age-related vision diseases. Foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids are also important for preserving eye health. For people with intermediate or advanced age-related macular degeneration, a supplement containing vitamins C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc, and copper can slow the progression of the disease. (Locked) More »

Eat blueberries and strawberries three times per week

Blueberries and strawberries are rich in chemical compounds called anthocyanins, which lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic. A long-term study of young and middle-aged women found that those who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a lower risk of heart attack than those who ate the least. Just eating berries once in a while didn’t count—it took at least a half-cup serving three times weekly. But don’t cheat by taking anthocyanin supplements. Real fruit is your best bet. More »

High-fiber diet might reduce stroke risk

Increasing total dietary fiber by 7 grams a day-the amount contained in a bowl of whole-grain pasta, an apple, and a serving of tomatoes-can lower stroke risk by 7%, researchers have found. (Locked) More »