Nutrition

  • Go Bananas

    An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but if you want to avoid the cardiologist, reach for a banana. Research presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in November linked low dietary potassium with high blood pressure in an analysis of more than 3,300 people.

    By Beth Bence Reinke
  • Grapefruit for Hepatitis C

    Cutting edge research suggests that naringenin—the metabolized form of the natural flavonoid naringin, which gives grapefruit its bitter taste—may curb the spread of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) by up to 80 percent.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Splenda Makes You Fat

    What you stir into your morning cup of java may be increasing your waistline and creating a digestive imbalance. A small study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health suggests that consuming Splenda—even within the limits set by the FDA—decreases healthy intestinal flora and causes weight gain.

    By Nora Simmons
  • I Heart Garlic

    This Valentine’s Day don’t let the prospect of smooch-repelling garlic breath keep you from protecting your heart. Garlic, specifically a compound called allicin, helps control high blood pressure (aka hypertension)—a dangerous condition that afflicts one in five Americans and increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Fishy Findings

    If you favor fish in your diet for its health-boosting omega-3s, you need to take a hard look at where your fillets come from before you choose them.

    By Erinn Morgan
  • Good Reason to Get More Greens

    Red produce like apples and peppers have gotten a lot of buzz lately thanks to their antioxidant-packed nutrition profiles, but that doesn’t mean you should give up your green veggies—especially if you worry about memory loss. A new study from the University of Illinois reports that celery and green peppers may prevent Alzheimer’s.

    By Nicole Ducnan
  • Cool Beans

    You know how that school-yard rhyme goes: Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart. But Donna M. Winham, a nutrition professor at Arizona State University who has conducted extensive research on beans’ impact on overall health, says this nutritious food protects more than your ticker.

    7 beans that prove good things do come in small packages
    By Wendy McMillan
  • Trans Fats Linked to Colon Cancer

    If saving your heart isn’t reason enough to avoid trans fats, how about keeping your colon healthy? New research from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill links high trans-fat intake with increased growth of polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Egg-cellent News for Dieters

    Before you start yet another diet du jour, consider this: Eating two eggs a day for breakfast helps you lose 65 percent more weight and gain more energy than a bagel of equal calories, says a recent study from the International Journal of Obesity.

    By Nicole Sprinkle
  • Seeds of Health

    Seeds contain nearly everything they need to start a new life: the embryo of a plant, the nutrients to sustain it, and a coat of armor to protect it. Small wonder then that they can add significant nutritional bang for the bite.

    These pods of new life can restore vitality to yours.
    By Lindsey Galloway