Nutrition

  • Berry Good for You

    Long touted for their effectiveness in treating urinary tract infections, cranberries can now lay claim to even more bacteria-fighting prowess. Researchers at Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute have found that certain cranberry compounds alter E.

  • Drundruff Woes

    First, steer clear of traditional shampoos and conditioners, which can contain dandruff-causing chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens, says Lisa Frost, licensed aesthetician at Pharmaca Integrated Pharmacy.

    What is the best way to cure dandruff?
  • For Grade-A Smarts, Try Vitamin A

    Ever wonder why Bugs Bunny always outsmarts Elmer Fudd? Chalk it up to the carrots he eats. Researchers at Harvard University conducted long-term studies on nearly 6,000 men and found that those who supplemented daily with 50 mg of beta-carotene (which your body converts to vitamin A) had significantly better memory, cognitive function, and verbal recognition than those who took a placebo.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • Bar Exam

    Energy bars are perfect for your on-the-go nutrition needs. But choosing just the right one can be an overwhelming proposition, especially when most gimmicky “energy bars” come stuffed with refined sugars and other processed ingredients.

    Energy snacks that pass the "good-for-you" test.
    By Nicole Duncan
  • A Change of Heart

    Ever since the 1950s, when the Framingham Heart Study established a correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks, doctors have focused on lowering cholesterol as a way to prevent heart disease. For years they’ve told us to accomplish this by eating a low-fat diet and exercising and, if that failed, by taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.

    A new wave of doctors is relvolutionizing the way Western medicine prevents and treats heart disease. Here's what you need to know to keep your heart healthy for many beats to come.
    By James Keough
  • Water Works

    Sure, a cup of hot cocoa is the perfect post-sledding, skating, or skiing drink—but it’s important to remind your kids they need water, too, says Brooke de Lench, author of Home Team Advantage (HarperCollins, 2006).

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Confessions of a Sugar Freak

    As far back as I can remember, I was tired. All of the time. No matter how much sleep I got, no matter how much coffee I drank, my fatigue simply overwhelmed me. I had a terrible time waking up. By late morning, I could hardly concentrate on my job. Mid-afternoon brought an intense urge to nap, and by early evening I was ready for bed.

    How I made the food-mood connection and eased my fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
    By Margaret Adamek, PhD
  • Greens On the Go

    Sure, you eat well. You choose fruit for snacks, fish instead of burgers. But what about dark green vegetables? Most busy Americans consume less than a quarter of a serving a day. The main obstacles? We say they’re harder to eat on the go and more time-consuming to prepare. Well, put your excuses aside. You can up your veggie intake fast—and on the go—with green drinks.

    Easy to tote, yummy to drink
  • Inside Scoop: Trans Fat Replacements


    Labeling loophole

    The rush to remove trans fats from fried, baked, and processed goods has never been more frantic. Even Dunkin’ Donuts and the Indiana State Fair have promised to use healthier frying oils. But are the “heart-healthy” changes everything they seem?
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • The Truth About Pasteurized Milk

    Eating in the raw is all the rage, and the fad doesn’t end at flax crackers and seed cheese. A growing number of health savvy folks are also asking for raw milk, charging that pasteurization destroys milk’s beneficial enzymes and nutrients. Meanwhile, organizations like the FDA and CDC warn that raw milk carries pathogenic bacteria that pasteurization kills.

    By Lisa Turner