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  • Daily “dose” of white rice linked to diabetes

    Daily “dose” of white rice linked to diabetes

    White rice is a staple food in some parts of the world, especially Asian cultures. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health evaluated whether the tasty grain is served with a side of risk for Type 2 diabetes. To conduct the study, they pooled data on the diet, lifestyle, and diabetes rates for some […]

  • Disordered eating in midlife and beyond

    Disordered eating in midlife and beyond

    Aging can be a challenge to body image. For some women, it may bring on — or rekindle — an eating disorder. Many baby boomers are experiencing a disconnect between how old they feel and the birth date on their driver’s licenses. In a 2009 Pew Research Center survey, half of people in their late […]

  • Overeating may reduce brain function

    Overeating may reduce brain function

    High caloric intake could raise the risk of memory loss. Eating too many calories may do more than just expand your midsection. A recent study suggests that high caloric intake over time may actually raise your odds of developing memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), later in life. The study, presented earlier this year […]

  • Use food to hold off vascular damage

    Use food to hold off vascular damage

    Color and crunch can lead to better cardiovascular health. In terms of blood vessels, oxidation is the enemy. When oxygen combines with other molecules, the structure of these molecules is altered, and their normal function is destroyed. Oxidation produces unstable molecules, called free radicals, which contribute to the formation of atherosclerosis and promote plaque rupture […]

  • An egg a day may be A-okay

    An egg a day may be A-okay

    Protein-rich and high in vitamin D, the egg was once revered as an ideal food. Concerns over its high cholesterol content—210 milligrams (mg) in a large egg, almost all of it in the yolk—prompted some to question whether the risks of eating eggs might be greater than the benefit. The truth may lie somewhere in […]

  • Eating Frequency and Weight Loss

    Eating Frequency and Weight Loss

    Many Americans struggle with losing weight. They feel frustrated by repeated attempts at weight loss. Fad diets claim successful weight loss, but none of them are proven to work. It’s clear that eating fewer calories is important to lose weight. But there is conflicting evidence on the specifics. One area of debate is when to […]

  • Breakfast-skippers: Don’t forget your fruits and grains

    Breakfast-skippers: Don’t forget your fruits and grains

    Image: Thinkstock Skipping breakfast can reduce the overall number of healthy fruits and whole grains that you eat, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To study the impact of breakfast skipping, researchers drew on data collected from 2005 to 2010 in a national survey. Here are the key findings: Breakfast […]

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Does your diet deliver?

    Omega-3 fatty acids: Does your diet deliver?

    Most Americans don’t get the recommended amount of these potentially heart-protecting fats. Recently, a Harvard Heart Letter subscriber emailed us a question about omega-3 fatty acids, the unique fats abundant in many types of fish that may be linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Is there a difference, he wondered, between farm-raised and […]

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