Nutritional Know-How

The Not-So-Sweet Health Risks of Sugar Substitutes

It’s possible that artificial sweeteners carry some serious health risks. Research has linked them to a disruption in the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and metabolic changes that, if severe, can lead to diabetes.

Is a Vegetarian Diet Better for Your Health?

When it comes to diet and nutrition, there’s no end of advice—often conflicting and confusing. One particularly common area of debate is vegetarian versus non-vegetarian diet.

A Better Breakfast

By Maryann Hammers You’ve heard it a million times: Start your day off right with a nutritious breakfast. Your mama told you; doctors and dietitians agree. “Skipping breakfast, or making it carb- or sugar-heavy, sets you up for cravings and crashes and low energy later on,” says Mary Purdy, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Bastyr […]

The Food/Mood Connection

By Maryann Hammers You’re having a rough day. So you treat yourself to candy, a cookie, or a vending-machine snack. After all, you deserve a little comforting, right? Be prepared: Your bad day is about to get worse. And the bluer you are, the deeper you’re likely to compulsively dig into the cookie jar or […]

Acai is Awesome

A nutritious diet is one of the key factors to maintaining health. While there is no such thing as a miracle food, there are some foods that provide a higher level of nutrients than others. (These are often called nutrient-dense foods.)

Chocolate and Red Wine May Still Be Good for Us, but Probably Not Due to Resveratrol

If you have looked to health claims describing the benefits resveratrol, a compound found in choco­late and red wine, to justify your indulgences, you may need to rethink the role of these treats in your health plan. Recent research suggests that resve­ratrol may not be the ticket to youth and vitality that we once thought […]

Raise a Glass or Set it Down?

Alcohol and Women’s HealthBy Kari Bohlke, ScDFor many of us, a glass of wine or a cold beer is an enjoyable part of a good meal. We drink for the taste and the experience, with the health benefits—and risks—a secondary consideration. As we consider how best to manage our health, however, we owe it to […]

Women, Alcohol, and Sleep

  Avoid alcohol at bedtime for a better night’s sleep. Alcohol poses a misleading conundrum: it appears to make you drowsy, but it actually interferes with deep sleep, leaving you groggy and sleep-deprived the next day. New research indicates that alcohol causes more sleep problems for women than men, possibly as a result of differences […]

5 Plant-based, Bone-Friendly Foods

Strengthen your bones — no milk mustache needed. By Maryann Hammers A woman has more than a one-in-three chance of an osteoporosis-associated bone break in her life. One in ten women have osteoporosis by the time they turn 60. The risk doubles by age 70.[1] That’s why you should take steps now to keep your […]

Low Fat Versus Low Carb: Which Is Your Best Bet for Weight Loss?

As if losing weight weren’t hard enough, some­times it feels like the experts keep changing the rules on us. In the past couple of decades, we have been told to ditch the fat in favor of carbohydrates only to soon be warned that pasta, bread, and the like are the real reason for those extra […]