Nutrition Articles

Small diet tweaks can help your heart and overall health

Small, gradual diet changes—such as swapping out chips, crackers, or cookies for a handful of mixed nuts—can help lower a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease. Other suggestions include replacing one fast-food hamburger per week with a sandwich (either from a supermarket or homemade); eating an extra serving of fruit per day by adding fresh, frozen, or canned fruit to a serving of yogurt; and adding vegetables such as spinach or kale to a fruit smoothie. The idea is to work on incorporating just one change for a week, then gradually adding more changes over time. The potential benefits may also include weight loss, improved quality of life, and health care cost savings. (Locked) More »

Crave a better appetite

It is common for appetite to decline with age because of loss of taste buds and sense of smell, chewing problems, medication side effects, and gastrointestinal issues. These problems can change men’s eating habits, leading them to move away from healthier foods to ones that can increase their risk of high cholesterol high blood pressure and diabetes. Changing how men approach meals and meal making and addressing medical concerns can often help increase their appetite for healthier fare. (Locked) More »

Staying connected can improve your health

Research shows that loneliness may have ill effects for health. Social bonds can fray as people age, particularly in times of stress such as after the loss of a partner or in cases of illness or disability. Taking steps to reconnect can not only help improve social life, but can also help protect health over the long term. More »

Surprising sources of dietary fiber

Legumes aren’t the only good source of fiber. Many nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables are also loaded with fiber. For example, an ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons) has about 10 grams of fiber. One cup of either cooked whole-grain Kamut or teff has about 7 grams of fiber. Many fruits are good fiber sources, too, such as raspberries, with 8 grams of fiber in a cup. Vegetables can also be rich in fiber, such as Brussels sprouts or dark, leafy greens. (Locked) More »

Why walnuts may help with weight loss

Eating walnuts appears to activate a brain region involved in impulse control. This may help explain why people who eat nuts regularly are less likely to be overweight and have heart disease. More »

Your complete guide to choosing a yogurt to meet your needs

Yogurt is a nutritious food that can bring health benefits if a person chooses the right kind. Amid the many choices, the best option is one that has low sugar, high protein, live and active cultures, simple ingredients, and a taste that makes the product appealing. (Locked) More »

Trending now: Sprouted grains

Sprouted grains are whole-grain seeds that have just begun to grow and aren’t quite plants yet. They have more available nutrients than regular grains. Sprouted grains can be cooked as a side dish or mashed into a paste for used in baked goods. In grocery stores, sprouted grains can be purchased raw or in products such as sprouted-grain flours, breads, muffins, and even pizza crust. Just because a product contains sprouted whole grains, it doesn’t mean it has more nutrients than a regular whole-grain product. It’s important to read the Nutrition Facts label to compare nutrition content. (Locked) More »