Does Too Much Vitamin C Cause Side Effects?

This post was originally published on this site By Brianna Elliott, RD Vitamin C is a very important nutrient that’s abundant in many fruits and vegetables. Getting enough of this vitamin is especially important for maintaining a healthy immune system. It also plays an important role in wound healing, keeping your bones strong, and enhancing […]

Is Fruit Juice as Unhealthy as Sugary Soda?

This post was originally published on this site By Alina Petre, MS, RD Fruit juice is generally perceived as healthy and far superior to sugary soda. Many health organizations have issued official statements encouraging people to reduce their intake of sugary drinks, and several countries have gone as far as implementing a tax on sugary […]

Are Acai Bowls Healthy? Calories and Nutrition

This post was originally published on this site By Rachael Link, MS, RD In recent years, acai bowls have become one of the most hyped-up health foods on the market. They’re prepared from puréed acai berries — which are fruits grown in Central and South America — and served as a smoothie in a bowl […]

Magnesium Dosage: How Much Should You Take per Day?

This post was originally published on this site Magnesium is a mineral that you need to stay healthy. It’s crucial for many functions in your body, including energy metabolism and protein synthesis. It also contributes to proper brain function, bone health, and heart and muscle activity (1Trusted Source). Magnesium is found naturally in foods like […]

The 18 Most Addictive Foods (and the 17 Least Addictive)

This post was originally published on this site By Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, LN Up to 20% of people may have a food addiction or exhibit addictive-like eating behavior. This number is even higher among people with obesity. Food addiction involves being addicted to food in the same way as someone with a substance use disorder […]

15 Unique Holiday Foods From Around the World

This post was originally published on this site By Katey Davidson, MScFN, RD Food is the cornerstone of the holiday season. It brings friends and family together to share memories, cultural traditions, and great flavors. From figgy pudding to fruit cake, many foods may bring on the holiday cheer — or a foul taste in […]

Is Rye Bread Healthy?

This post was originally published on this site By Ryan Raman, MS, RD Rye bread tends to have a darker color and stronger, earthier taste than regular white and wheat bread, which is one reason why many people enjoy it. In addition, it has been linked to several potential health benefits, including better blood sugar […]

How to Store Garlic

This post was originally published on this site By Cheri Bantilan MS, RD, CD Garlic is an ingredient that provides great flavor to dishes and can be found in most kitchens across the globe. There are at least 11 types of garlic that vary in flavor, color, and size. The most common forms include hardneck, […]

Can Echinacea Help You Fight the Common Cold?

This post was originally published on this site By Rachael Link, MS, RD Echinacea is a group of flowering plants that belong to the daisy family, along with plants like sunflowers, chicory, chamomile, and chrysanthemums. There are different species, with Echinacea purpurea being popular. Other species include Echinacea pallida, Echinacea laevigata, and Echinacea tennesseensis. The […]

Should LASIK Eye Surgery Be Banned? Here’s Why Some People Say Yes

This post was originally published on this site In 2015, Max Cronin decided he wanted to ditch his glasses by getting LASIK surgery shortly after he served as a soldier in Iraq. He felt the surgery would allow him to study easier as he took courses as a petroleum engineer student at Texas A&M University. […]

Are Your Holiday Decorations Toxic? Separating Fact from Fiction

This post was originally published on this site By Gigen Mammoser Most holiday decorations, toys, ornaments, and plants aren’t going to hurt you, but some can pose health risks if they aren’t handled appropriately. Practicing good hygiene habits, like hand washing (not only for germs) but also to prevent the potential transfer of unwanted chemicals […]

14 Healthy High Fiber, Low Carb Foods

This post was originally published on this site By Kelli McGrane, MS, RD Low carb diets have been linked to several impressive health benefits. Research has shown that they’re particularly effective at reducing hunger and aiding weight loss. They’ve also been associated with decreased blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, as well as increased […]

Everything You Need to Know About Medjool Dates

This post was originally published on this site By Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD Medjool dates are a variety of dates enjoyed for their natural sweetness. They’re larger, darker, and more caramel-like in taste than other common types like Deglet Noor. As tropical stone fruits, they have a single pit surrounded by edible flesh. Native to […]

12 Powerful Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices with Health Benefits

This post was originally published on this site By Alina Petre, MS, RD Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine. It aims to preserve health and wellness by keeping the mind, body, and spirit in balance and preventing disease rather than treating it. To do so, it employs a holistic approach that combines diet, […]

6 Benefits and Uses of Omega-3s for Skin and Hair

This post was originally published on this site By Alina Petre, MS, RD Omega-3 fats are among the most studied nutrients. They’re abundant in foods like walnuts, seafood, fatty fish, and certain seed and plant oils. They’re subdivided into three types: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3 fats are renowned […]

Teens with Obesity May Have Brain Damage That Produces Poor Eating Habits

This post was originally published on this site By Elizabeth Pratt A study using MRI scans has found signs of damage in the brains of teenagers with obesity. None The results of the small study were reported Sunday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. The research suggests that along with […]

All You Need to Know About Turnips

This post was originally published on this site By Ariane Lang, BSc, MBA Turnips (Brassicarapa) are a root vegetable and member of the cruciferous family, along with other vegetables like bok choy, Brussels sprouts, and kale. They’re one of the world’s most important vegetable crops, as they’re used to feed both humans and cattle. The […]

9 Emerging Benefits and Uses of Sage Tea

This post was originally published on this site By SaVanna Shoemaker, MS, RDN, LD Sage tea is an aromatic infusion made from the leaves of common sage (Salvia officinalis), an herb in the same family as mint. Commonly used as a spice, sage also has a long history of use in alternative and traditional medicine. […]

Purple Power: 7 Benefits of Purple Potatoes

This post was originally published on this site By Anne Danahy, MS, RDN Purple potatoes are the eye-catching gems of the potato aisle. Like other members of the potato family (Solanum tuberosum), they come from a tuber plant native to the Andes mountain region in South America. They have a blue-purple to almost black outer […]

What’s the Difference Between Tempeh and Tofu?

This post was originally published on this site By Kaitlyn Berkheiser Tofu and tempeh are increasingly common sources of plant-based protein. Regardless of whether you’re vegetarian, they can be nutritious foods to include in your diet. While both of these soy-based foods offer similar health benefits, they diverge in appearance, flavor, and nutrient profiles. This […]

Children Worldwide Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise — Here’s What We Can Do About It

This post was originally published on this site By Matt Berger It’s not just kids in the United States. Children worldwide aren’t getting enough physical activity. That’s the main conclusion of a new World Health Organization (WHO) study released Wednesday. None The researchers report that slightly more than 80 percent of adolescents ages 11 to […]

7 Best Vitamins and Supplements to Relieve Stress

This post was originally published on this site By Gavin Van De Walle, MS, RD While everyone has specific life stressors, factors related to job pressure, money, health, and relationships tend to be the most common. Stress can be acute or chronic and lead to fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, nervousness, and irritability or anger. None […]

Elite Athletes Are Going Vegan. Will It Help You?

This post was originally published on this site By Whitney E. Akers “The Game Changers” is a new documentary on Netflix that posits a vegan diet can improve athletic performance in professional athletes. Limited studies available show that the type of diet — plant-based or omnivorous — doesn’t give you an athletic advantage. We talked […]

The 13 Most Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Can Eat

This post was originally published on this site By Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE Inflammation can be both good and bad. On one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to weight gain and disease. Stress, inflammatory foods, and low activity levels can make […]

What’s the Difference Between MCT Oil and Coconut Oil?

This post was originally published on this site By Gavin Van De Walle, MS, RD Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil and coconut oil are fats that have risen in popularity alongside the ketogenic, or keto, diet. While their characteristics overlap, the two oils are made up of different compounds, so each has unique benefits and uses. […]

6 Foods That Cause Inflammation

This post was originally published on this site By Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE Inflammation can be good or bad depending on the situation. On one hand, it’s your body’s natural way of protecting itself when you’re injured or sick. It can help your body defend itself from illness and stimulate healing. On the other hand, […]

7 Most Healthy Milk Options

This post was originally published on this site Dairy aisles have exploded with milk and milk alternative options over the past few years, and choosing the healthiest milk isn’t just about the fat content. Whether you’re looking beyond cow’s milk for health reasons or dietary preferences or simply want to experiment with different options, you […]

Even Small Amount of Running Decreases Risk of Death by Nearly 30%

This post was originally published on this site By George Citroner The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the World Health Organization currently recommend either 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise (walking, gardening, doing household chores) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise (running, cycling, swimming) every week. But there’s little research looking […]

11 Surprising Benefits and Uses of Black Rice

This post was originally published on this site By Kelli McGrane, MS, RD Also called forbidden or purple rice, black rice is a type of rice that belongs to the Oryza sativa L. species. Black rice gets its signature black-purple color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which has potent antioxidant properties. In ancient China, it’s […]