What Are Ultra-Processed Foods and Are They Bad for Our Health?

What Are Ultra-Processed Foods and Are They Bad for Our Health?

You hear it all the time: the advice to “eat less processed food.” But what is processed food? For that…

7 Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Anxiety

7 Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Anxiety

One-third of Americans will experience prolonged anxiety at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental…

Plants as Health Heroes

Plants as Health Heroes

Add color and nutrients to your plate with whole veggies and fruits There’s no doubt that what you eat and…

Is It Time to Stop Skimming over Full-Fat Dairy?

Is It Time to Stop Skimming over Full-Fat Dairy?

Americans consume about 150 pounds of milk and eat nearly 40 pounds of cheese and 20 pounds of ice cream…

COVID-19 Meat Shortage? Try Plant Proteins

COVID-19 Meat Shortage? Try Plant Proteins

By now, you’ve probably noticed less beef, pork and chicken at your local grocers due to COVID-19 outbreaks and closures…

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Eating right can help keep your body and mind healthy and extend your quality of life. But some older Americans…

Smart Lifestyle Choices to Support Your Immune System During Coronavirus Crisis

Smart Lifestyle Choices to Support Your Immune System During Coronavirus Crisis

So much of the COVID-19 pandemic is beyond your control — all of our control — and yet it’s undoubtedly…

Healthy Little Food Swaps that Taste so Good

Healthy Little Food Swaps that Taste so Good

We could probably all stand to eat a little more healthfully, but traditional nutrition swaps are kind of a bummer…

The Science Behind Snacking

The Science Behind Snacking

The traditional three square meals a day eating pattern has given way to lots of noshing. In fact, 50% of…

Matcha: The Trending Green Tea

Matcha: The Trending Green Tea

Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Like other types of green tea,…

Brain Food: Eat Smart, Stay Sharp

Brain Food: Eat Smart, Stay Sharp

Brain food is very real, helping to shape your ability to remember simple things (well, allegedly simple things) like where…

4 Ways to Improve Your Cholesterol

4 Ways to Improve Your Cholesterol

Every cell in your body contains cholesterol — it’s an important building block for tissues that make up your organs…

Ask the Harvard Experts: Scouting Out Whole Grains in Food

Ask the Harvard Experts: Scouting Out Whole Grains in Food

Q: What makes whole grain foods healthier than other carbs? And how can you tell which products are really whole…

Going Mediterranean to Prevent Heart Disease

Going Mediterranean to Prevent Heart Disease

There is a mountain of high-quality research supporting a Mediterranean-style diet as the best diet for our cardiovascular health. But…

Can a Common Food Additive Raise the Risk for Obesity and Diabetes?

Can a Common Food Additive Raise the Risk for Obesity and Diabetes?

Some researchers have been speculating for years that certain commonly used food additives may be contributing to the uptick in…

6 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Health and Well-Being

6 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Health and Well-Being

In our culture, we expect results fast. And while it may not be possible to wake up tomorrow 10 pounds…

How Sweet (Potato) It Is!

How Sweet (Potato) It Is!

A sweet potato by any other name is still a rich source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, most notably, beta…

The Medicine Cabinet: What’s the Origin of the Five-Servings-per-Day Guideline?

The Medicine Cabinet: What’s the Origin of the Five-Servings-per-Day Guideline?

Q: Where did the recommendation that we need five servings of fruits and vegetables come from? A: According to one…

What to Know About Metabolic Syndrome

What to Know About Metabolic Syndrome

Obesity, elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol or triglyceride levels — any one of these conditions on its…

Celebrate Celery!

Celebrate Celery!

Celery has hit celeb status in the veggie world. No longer the passed-over crudite, or mere Bloody Mary stirring stick,…

Protein, You Complete Me

Protein, You Complete Me

You don’t need be a bodybuilder to pay close attention to your protein intake. This macronutrient is required for the…

Hack Your Metabolism by Timing Your Meals

Hack Your Metabolism by Timing Your Meals

Around 5 p.m., when the day begins to wind down, your body does the opposite — cranking up to be…

Smart Eating Habits to Boost Your Well-Being

Smart Eating Habits to Boost Your Well-Being

If you find yourself feeling irritable or sluggish, your diet may need a tune-up. How you eat — and when…

6 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

6 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Maybe you love the process of scooping seeds out of a pumpkin and roasting them. But these days it’s easy…

The Puzzle of Weight Loss Plateaus

The Puzzle of Weight Loss Plateaus

You’ve started a new plan to get to a healthier weight but at some point you find you’ve hit a…

Spotlight on Supplements: St. John’s Wort

Spotlight on Supplements: St. John’s Wort

St. John’s wort is a widely known, non-prescription dietary supplement with use dating back to ancient Greece Overview St. John’s…

Is Dairy-Free Ice Cream Actually Better for You?

Is Dairy-Free Ice Cream Actually Better for You?

If you follow a dairy-free lifestyle, you no longer need to suffer from fear of missing out when it comes…

Anti-Inflammatory Eating

Anti-Inflammatory Eating

Plant-based foods may keep inflammation at bay Inflammation is a natural part of life. It’s your body’s rescue response for…

The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of Intermittent Fasting

The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of Intermittent Fasting

About two years ago, Michael Saraceno decided he wanted to lose weight. He was nearing 275 pounds and was planning…

Burning Fat

Burning Fat

Keto diet changes how food is turned into energy While it may seem like the newest weight-loss trend, the ketogenic…

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Just the thought of biting into a square of chocolate might make you smile. And, chances are, it really will…

Shining a Light on Nightshade Vegetables

Shining a Light on Nightshade Vegetables

Just the name “nightshade,” gives this category of vegetables a shady mystique. And their reputation of possibly contributing to inflammatory…

Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction

Limiting sweeteners (especially fructose) can reduce chronic disease Sugar fuels your body and brain. But when overconsumed, it can wreak havoc on…

Building a Healthier Salad

Building a Healthier Salad

Photo by Kyle Edwards Salads sound healthy. But get this: Some have more calories than a double cheeseburger from a fast food…

Food and Fitness After 50: Never Too Late to Start

Food and Fitness After 50: Never Too Late to Start

It seems that every week brings a new fad diet or a new missive telling you how to eat and…

Food Safety Tips — From Start to Finish — For Thanksgiving Dinner

Food Safety Tips — From Start to Finish — For Thanksgiving Dinner

For most people, Thanksgiving dinner is the biggest and most busily prepared meal they cook all year. From menu planning…

Veg Out!

Veg Out!

Plant-based diets are at the root of heart-healthy eating For a healthy heart, there’s no denying that plant foods are essential.…

Healthy Snacks Popping Up

Healthy Snacks Popping Up

When the Sweets & Snacks Expo rolls into McCormick Place every spring, it feels like Halloween in May. Imagine four…

What to Eat (and Not Eat) for Healthy Skin

What to Eat (and Not Eat) for Healthy Skin

Skin is the largest organ in your body, making up 10 percent of your body weight and spanning a total…

Fighting Obesity With Calorie Counts and Community Efforts

Fighting Obesity With Calorie Counts and Community Efforts

A federal regulation that would have given consumers a better idea of their calorie consumption at chain eateries has been…

Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine

How what you eat affects your mood “You are what you eat” may seem like a casual saying, but, in…

Gut Relief

Gut Relief

Low-FODMAP diet may help those with stomach ills Let’s face it, when your gut is not happy, neither are you.…

Not So Sweet: Getting smart about sugar

Not So Sweet: Getting smart about sugar

Most of us are guilty of indulging in sugary foods and beverages over the holiday season. But with the new…

Easy Tips for Anti-Inflammatory Eating

Easy Tips for Anti-Inflammatory Eating

What do a new restaurant in River North, the anti-inflammatory diet and a Harvard-trained holistic health expert have to do…

Slow Eating May Help You Consume Less and Lose Weight

Slow Eating May Help You Consume Less and Lose Weight

Slowing down can be a challenge in our fast-paced society, but when it comes to how you eat, there can…

Not Drinking Enough Water? Bloated Belly and Sweet Cravings Can Result

Not Drinking Enough Water? Bloated Belly and Sweet Cravings Can Result

You know that you’re supposed to drink plenty of water every day, but do you know why? Not drinking enough…

Cultures for Health: The Benefits of Fermented Foods

Cultures for Health: The Benefits of Fermented Foods

For centuries, fermented foods have played a large role in many cultures. Ancient Greeks thrived on yogurt, ancient Chinese sipped…

The Scoop on the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Scoop on the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

By Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN For good health, the emphasis is on establishing healthy eating patterns rather than focusing on…

The Power of Protein

The Power of Protein

To maintain muscle, spread protein intake throughout the day By Victoria Shanta Retelny, RDN Protein is a hot nutrient right…