Nutrition

Tips, Recipes, and Features devoted to healthy eating.

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.

Smart Food

A new cookbook provides insight into how food can enhance brain health, along with a host of tasty recipes built around a “culinary pharmacy.” By Diana Price For chef and author Rebecca Katz, the issue of brain health has personal significance; in the introduction to The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big- Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain […]

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 […]

Q&A with Rebecca Katz

Author and chef Rebecca Katz offers insight into her passion for feeding the mind and the body. (This Q&A originally appeared in our print issue, as part of Smart Food).  What inspired you to bring this collection of recipes and insight to readers? My father passed away from dementia when he was 83, after struggling […]

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 […]

10 Tips for Healthy Aging

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition California Health & Longevity Institute As baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) enter their “golden years”—that period gen­erally covering traditional retire­ment age of about 65 and beyond— increasing attention is being paid to the health and wellness of this fast-growing population. According to the US […]

Vibrant Food

Kimberley Hasselbrink comes at cooking with a pho­tographer’s eye and a love for improvisation in the kitchen. In her introduction to Vibrant Food (Ten Speed Press, 2014; $25), a cookbook featuring her original, seasonal recipes and photos, she writes of her approach to recipe develop­ment: “Some colorful ingre­dient will capture my fancy, and I’ll begin […]

Breakfast Has Benefits – it might even help prevent type 2 Diabetes

Breakfast can boost energy, improve concentration, and stave off weight gain—and it may even help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Building a Great Soup

If your only experience with soup involves a can opener and a microwave, it’s time to take this wonderful and nutritious meal a little more seriously. Soups pack a nutritional punch and come in so many different varieties that there is sure to be one to tempt every palate—hot, cold, brothy, or filled with meat […]

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 […]

Add Healthy Greens to Any Meal

Leafy vegetables are packed with nutrients that boost our health and may help protect us from disease. And with the growing popularity of greens, chefs, cookbook authors, and inventive home cooks are coming up with increasingly delicious ways to add them our plates.

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 […]

Coping with Emotional Overeating

Let’s be honest: most of us have reached for a favorite treat during a rough day. And, really, if a tasty pick-me-up now and then puts the smile back on your face, it’s a great remedy. But if you are addressing your blue mood with more than a small treat and find yourself eating to […]