Nutrition

Tips, Recipes, and Features devoted to healthy eating.

Add Pomegranate to Your Plate

Behold the luscious, red pomegranate—it is a fruit rich in flavor and nutrients and is a delectable wintertime treat. A symbol of abundance and fertility throughout history, the pomegranate has achieved superfood status in recent years.

Rooting for Nutrition

Fall is a time of transition—the temperatures drop, the leaves change color, and Mother Nature seems to prepare us to turn inward for the impending winter. While we may long for the warmth of the summer sun and the taste of juicy tomatoes, fall has her own gifts to offer, and if you dig deep—quite literally—you’ll find them, in the form of root vegetables.

Whole Grains Associated with Less Belly Fat

If you need another reason to switch to whole grains, maybe the results of a recent study will convince you. Researchers found that adults who eat three servings of whole grains a day (and less than one serving of refined grains a day) have less belly fat.

Sugar: Not So Sweet for Your Heart

If you need another reason to lay off the sugar, here it is: research has shown that a diet high in added sugar can increase your risk of dying from heart disease by as much as 38 percent. The brain is hardwired to crave sweets, but you can have too much of a good thing. […]

Beyond Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkins are for more than carving and pies—they deserve to hold a larger role in the fall kitchen

You May Want to Think Again about Giving up Gluten

If you’re trying to avoid gluten in addition to a low-FODMAPs diet in an effort to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may want to think again: recent research suggests that the frequently maligned protein may not be the culprit behind your digestive troubles. A low-FODMAPs diet may ease IBS troubles, but avoiding […]

Breaking the Fast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a refrain we hear from dieticians, educators, and health experts. Breakfast—or the lack thereof—has the potential to make or break your day. This tiny, early morning meal has the power to fuel your brain and body for a healthy, happy, focused day.

Foods that Ruin Your Mood

  By Maryann Hammers You’re having a rough day. So you treat yourself to candy, a cookie, or 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 […]

Omega-3: The Fountain of Youth?

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition, California Health & Longevity Institute With the wide variety of supplements and procedures marketed to make people look and feel younger, you may be wondering if it’s all hype or if science actually endorses any of these options. There is in fact one supplement that consistently yields […]

Diet Disasters

Dieting may amount to nothing more than a simple math equation—eat less and exercise more to create a calorie deficit—but it is anything but simple. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve no doubt made a few critical dieting mistakes.

Five Fall Foods for Feasting

Add these fall foods to your pantry for flavor and nutrition. Summer may be winding down, but growers’ markets are gearing up with the fall harvest. Though your taste buds may still pine for juicy tomatoes and fresh berries, fall brings a new kind of bounty. In fact, the fall harvest is loaded with flavor […]

Fabulous Flax

Good things come in small packages. Flaxseeds are tiny in size, but large in nutritional value. These powerful seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. They have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Some evidence even suggests that flax can help regulate hormones, boost mood, and promote weight loss.

Preserving the Harvest

For gardeners—or locavores who shop the local farmers markets—late summer and early fall is a time of endless bounty. Fruits and vegetables abound and it can be hard for your table (and tummy) to keep up with the production. But any dedicated gardener knows that preserving food is one of the joys of gardening—there is nothing like the taste of home-canned peaches on a cold winter day.

Understanding the Glycemic Index

The diet pendulum swings in perpetual motion with dizzying effects. Carbs are good. Carbs are bad. Eat lots of animal protein. Eat vegan. Gluten is bad. Fruits are good. With all of the information—and misinformation—swirling around us, it’s no wonder we’re confused about what to eat.

Weight Loss and Diet: Low-carb or Low-fat?

Results of a year-long study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine comparing the effects of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets on body weight and cardiovascular risk factors recently revealed that the low-carbohydrate diet is more effective for both weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction.  However, additional research published subsequently in the Journal of the American […]