Food & Recipes

  • Natural Pain Relief

    Pharmaceutical painkillers may provide temporary relief, but these natural alternatives can work just as well—minus the side effects.

    By Danielle Braff
  • Spice for the Spirits

    Frankincense has infused houses of worship for centuries with its heavenly aroma, so it’s not all that surprising to learn new research has proven the scent can, indeed, raise your spirits.

    By Barbra Annino
  • Move Over OJ!

    It’s a jungle out there in the juice aisle. With new arrivals hailing from exotic locales like the Amazon, Fiji, and Tibet—and with names that sound more like cartoon characters than food—you can feel like you’re stepping into another world when you first venture beyond your usual glass of orange juice.

    5 fruit juices that trump the old breakfast standby
    By Nora Simmons
  • Eat to Beat Inflammation

    Inflammation has become quite the buzzword lately, touted as the cause of everything from acne to Alzheimer’s and from digestive issues to obesity. And while new research continues to support that theory, it’s important to remember that inflammation can actually be a good thing.

    7 foods that can transform your health
    By Alison Anton
  • A Salad Fit For Your Skin

    Toss avocado, lettuce, and tomato with a splash of olive oil, and you have a healthy salad. Bottle them up with staples like aloe vera and sweet almond oil, and you have a recipe for serious beauty boosting.

    The nutrients that feed your body can also nourish your complexion.
    By Josie Garthwaite
  • Too Much Sugar? Cut the Salt

    American teens drink an average of two 12-ounce soft drinks every day, which makes up 43 percent of their daily recommended intake of sugar. What’s worse, these same kids get one-third of their daily calories from nutrient-poor snack foods loaded with sodium, preservatives—and more sugar. A recent study suggests you may be able to kill both of these bad-food birds with one stone.

    By Lisa Marshall
  • Now Pop This

    Looking for a late-night nosh that’s actually good for you? Try popcorn. According to researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition, people who eat popcorn have an approximately 250 percent higher daily intake of whole grains and a 22 percent higher daily intake of fiber than non-popcorn eaters.

  • In Season: Figs

    If your only culinary encounters with this fruit occur when it’s squished inside a Newton, you’re missing out on a healthful treat. Tasty whether fresh, dried, poached, baked, or grilled, figs have a higher percentage of calcium by weight than milk (more than double), and an 8-ounce serving of figs provides 30 percent of your daily fiber requirement.

    By Wendy McMillan
  • Beat Golden-Year Blues

    In the last 20 years, the average life expectancy has increased 12 percent, but for our parents and grandparents living in nursing homes, a longer life may not mean a happier one. According to a recent study, one-third of nursing-home residents (median age of 82) suffer from depression. The good news: The fix may be as simple as supplementing with selenium.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Take a Coffee Break

    Drinking caffeinated coffee before breakfast can increase your risk of type-2 diabetes—even if you take your java without sugar, says a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It reported that volunteers who drank caffeinated coffee an hour before they ate cereal had blood sugar levels 250 percent higher than those who knocked back some decaf.

    By Meghan Rabbitt