Nutrition News

Heart Health = Weight Loss

A study by researchers at Ohio State University confirms what most of us know about weight loss — increased exercise and a healthy diet are the keys rather than skipping meals and using prescription diet pills. The researchers examined adherence to the American Heart Association’s Life’s Essential 8 recommendations among people with and without clinically significant weight loss. Researchers concluded […]

Time at the Table

Want your children to eat healthier? Have them stay at the table longer. In a randomized clinical trial, researchers found that longer family mealtimes may be an effective strategy to get kids to eat healthier. The trial found that children who spent just 10 minutes more at the table consumed significantly more fruits and vegetables. The study was conducted by […]

Healthy Kidneys

If you want to help your kidneys, add more seafood to your diet.  Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood were associated with a moderately lower risk of chronic kidney disease and a slower decline in kidney function, according to a study published in the journal, The BMJ. But interestingly, associations weren’t found with higher levels of plant-derived […]

Whole Grains for Your Health

Want a healthier diet? Add some whole grains. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making half your grains whole grains versus refined grains. A grain product is any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, farro, quinoa or other cereal grains. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, tortillas and grits are among the many foods in the grain group made […]

Coffee and Heart Health

Go ahead and grab that cup of coffee or two: it’s good for lowering your blood pressure. In a recent study published in the journal Nutrients, researchers found that drinking two to three cups of coffee every day helped maintain low blood pressure.  The study found regular coffee drinkers had significantly lower blood pressure, both on peripheral and central levels, […]

Taming a Sweet Tooth

Most of us know we probably need to cut back on the added sugars we consume, but how do you do that when you have a craving for something sweet? These days, the average American eats an estimated 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day. A study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health states that added […]

Protein and Working Out

If your New Year’s goal is to get into the habit of working out, you might be wondering if you need to eat more protein.  The best answer is perhaps not eating (SET ITAL) more (END ITAL) protein, but spreading the protein you do eat throughout the day. Timing matters. But first, how much protein do we need? The Dietary […]

More Whole Grains

A new study tracking eating habits between 2003 and 2018 finds we’re not eating enough whole grains — even though we’re eating more than we ever have — despite not knowing exactly what a whole grain is.  The confusion may be because organizations like the Food and Drug Administration and the American Heart Association and industry groups like the Whole […]

Mediterranean Diet for Weight Loss

The Mediterranean diet may just be the most studied diet pattern we know. It consistently rates as a top diet in U.S. News and World Report’s annual review. The Mediterranean diet, which is actually a meal pattern, was developed in the 1950s and 1960s when a few researchers noticed the significantly lower prevalence of heart disease in countries bordering the […]

Holiday Strategies

‘Tis the season for family, festivity and food — lots of food. Temptations are everywhere, and parties and travel disrupt daily routines. What’s more, it starts before Halloween and goes past the New Year.  How do you stick to your healthy eating goals when everyone around you seems to be splurging? Here are five tips from the Centers for Disease […]