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Identical Twins Study Shows Vegan Diets Helping the Heart

A new study of identical twins has provided fresh evidence that a vegan diet can vastly improve a person’s heart health.

Twins assigned a vegan diet for two months had significant improvements in cholesterol, insulin and body weight compared to their siblings, who ate a healthy diet that included animal protein.

“Based on these results and thinking about longevity, most of us wo...

Give Thanks for Healthy Diet Changes During the Holidays

THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday eating season, when everyone is constantly tempted by sweet treats, rich foods and fancy, high-calorie drinks.

But before diving into decadent eating, consider trying to make healthy food choices during the festivities, one expert suggests.

“The holidays are a time for celebration and social ...

Major Study Confirms Salt's Deadly Effect on Blood Pressure

Cutting out just one teaspoon of salt every day lowers blood pressure almost as much as medication does, new research shows.

Investigators said theirs is one of the largest studies ever to include people taking high blood pressure meds in a look at the effect of reducing dietary intake of sodium.

“We found that 70-75% of all people, regardless of whether they are already on blood ...

Tasty and Healthy: Try These Thanksgiving Meal Tips for Kids

The Thanksgiving table is typically loaded down with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and all kinds of pie, but nutritionists say kids should also be encouraged to eat fresh fruit and vegetables during the holiday meal.

Precious few children eat enough fruits and vegetables the rest of the year, so the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages families to prepare Thanksgiving ...

1 in 8 U.S. Military Families Now Resorting to Food Banks, Study Finds

About one in eight military families are turning to food banks and community pantries to make ends meet and feed their children, a new study finds.

More than 13% of military families with at least one child said they used a food bank at least once in the past 12 months, according to a 2021 survey of more than 8,300 families with an active service member in the U.S. Army or Air Force.


Does Meat Need Warning Labels on How It Harms Climate, Health?

Adding warning labels to meat about its impact on climate and health could lower its consumption, a new study suggests.

British researchers investigated what adding cigarette-style graphic warning labels to meat in a cafeteria setting might do.

“Reaching net zero is a priority for the nation and the planet. As warning labels have already been shown to reduce smoking as well as dri...

Eating Well in Middle Age Could Help Your Brain Decades Later

Mid-life isn't too late to make a dietary change to preserve brain health.

Women who started following the diet known as DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) to lower their blood pressure were about 17% less likely to report memory loss and other signs of mental decline decades later, a new study re...

Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Burns Fat, Adds Muscle

Rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins, a Mediterranean style of eating consistently earns accolades for its long list of health benefits, including the prevention of heart disease and diabetes.

Now, new research from Spain shows this way of eating, when combined with regular exercise and fewer calories, can slash dangerous belly fat in older folks while he...

Put These Foods on Your Grocery List for Better Vision

Nutrition is important for your whole body, including those two small organs through which you look at the world.

The same diet that's good for your heart and the rest of your body will also help your eyes, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

The academy offers advice on vision-healthy foods and how to create a diet rich in them.

“Some nutrients keep t...

Just 2 Servings of Red Meat Per Week Raises Your Diabetes Risk

Think twice about ordering that double cheeseburger, salami on rye or juicy T-bone.

Just two servings of red meat a week -- processed or unprocessed -- can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 62%, according to a new study.

"A modest but statistically signifi...

Cow's Milk Vs. Plant-Based Milks: A Nutritionist Weighs In

You have a lot of choices when buying milk, from the traditional cow variety to some made from plants. But how do these options compare in terms of nutrition?

An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston breaks down the differences.

“If you're looking for a high-protein product, cow's milk and soy milk are the best options. If you want something lower calorie that do...

Going Vegan Healthy for Dogs, Cats — and the Planet

Should Fluffy and Fido go vegan?

A new study says yes — for the environment.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock are responsible for 14.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. In response, some experts say eating v...

Genes Might Be Driving You to Go Vegetarian

Going vegetarian is trendy and popular, along with being a healthy choice, but a large portion of those who say they want to stick with a plant-based diet don't.

It might come down to your DNA, suggests new research that has uncovered three genes that seem to be strongly linked to vegetarianism.

“It seems there are more people who would like to be vegetarian than actually are, an...

Breastfeeding in Infancy Tied to Healthier Weight Later for Kids

What a baby eats, or how the baby eats, may have an impact on future weight and health, research has shown.

A new study backs that up. It found that 9-year-olds who had been breast-fed for six months or more had a lower percentage of body fat than their peers who were ne...

Beating 'Middle-Age Spread':  Carbs You Should and Shouldn't Eat

A diet rich in whole grains, fruits and non-starchy vegetables is the best recipe for middle-aged folks trying to keep their weight under control, new research finds.

Low in added sugar, yet rich in vitamins and minerals, such foods are considered “high-quality” carbs, investigators explained.

The same cannot be said of refined grains, sugary beverages or starchy vegetables. Su...

Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance: What's the Difference?

For most people, there's no reason to give up gluten for good.

But that's not so easy for folks with two gluten-related medical conditions: celiac disease and gluten intolerance, according to Dr. Sarmed Sami, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London.

Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking Hazard

Kraft Heinz said it is recalling over 83,000 packs of its Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices because of a packaging defect in the plastic that wraps the cheese slices.

A temporary issue developed on one of the wrapping machines, making it possible for a thin strip of individual film to stay on the cheese slice after the wrapper is removed. Having this film on the cheese could ...

Could Artificial Sweeteners in Processed Food Raise Depression Risk?

Highly processed packaged foods and drinks may be quick, cheap and tasty, but new research suggests they're also likely to up your risk for depression.

Among big consumers of ultra-processed foods, depression risk may rise by as much as 50%, the new study found, particularly when those foods are artificially sweetened.

“Given what we know about these foods and the important role o...

Pediatricians' Group Warns Against Keto Diet for Kids With Diabetes

Low-carb diets may be all the rage, but they're not for kids with diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

In a new report, the AAP says that low-carbohydrate diets cannot be recommended for children or teenagers with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. That's because there's little evidence they're helpful, but there are concerns about restricting kids' diets to tha...

Besides Boosting Health, a Vegan Diet Might Save You Money

Going vegan doesn't have to mean going broke, with new research finding that steering clear of meat and dairy can lower food costs by about 16%.

“A vegan diet based on fruits, vegetables, grains and beans has always been a more affordable diet than one that includes meat, dairy and other animal products,” said study author

Healthy Eating Doesn't Have to Be Expensive. An Expert Offers Tips

Groceries cost a lot, but it is possible to eat healthy foods without overspending.

Experts at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offer tips for healthy eating on a budget.

“Maintaining a healthy diet is not only about what you eat but also about making mindful choices,” said

Eat Your Veggies:  Writing 'Produce Prescriptions' Could Boost Patients' Health

An apple a day may be just what the doctor ordered.

New research on “produce prescription” programs finds that when access to free fruits and vegetables is offered, recipients see measurable benefits in health and hunger.

“To me, this shows that there's a very strong proof of concept behind produce prescriptions and this should, I think, add to the growing momentum to continue...

Do Fish Oil Supplements Really Boost Your Health?

Stroll past the supplements in any drugstore and you'll find broad claims about fish oil helping everything from heart and brain health, to joints, eyes and immune systems. But you just might be wasting your money, according to a new study.

“We know from recent large, randomized trials that fish oil supplements do not prevent heart disease in the general population, but yet they are one...

Low-Cal vs. Fasting Diets: How Does Each Affect the Microbiome?

When it comes to the array of different microorganisms found in the human gut, more is better: A more diverse microbiome is a healthier microbiome.

Now, initial results of a small, ongoing study suggests that weight loss through either intermittent fasting or a calorie-restricted diet can improve that diversity.

After tracking calorie-control dieters and intermittent fasters for thr...

Post-Pandemic End to Food Assistance Programs Meant 2 Million More Americans Went Hungry

The federal government recently stopped pandemic-related emergency food aid, leaving perhaps 2 million more Americans without enough to eat.

Emergency allotments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, ended in March in all states that hadn't already cut them.

After this temporary increase in SNAP benefits ended, recipients experienced a 2...

Sugary Drinks Raise Women's Odds for Liver Disease, Cancer

There are plenty of reasons to steer clear of sugary drinks, and new research highlights yet another one: Women who drink sodas and other sweetened drinks have a higher risk of developing liver cancer and chronic liver disease.

Looking at data on nearly 100,000 women, researchers found that nearly 7% of women consumed one or more sugar-sweetened beverages daily. Those women had an 85% hi...

Some Schools Respond to Child Obesity by Focusing on Water

In the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic, a new study is pointing to a way to help school kids maintain a healthier weight: clean, accessible drinking water.

The decidedly low-tech solution emerged in a study of 18 California elementary schools that serve largely low-income minority families. Researchers found that when they kicked off a "Water First" program -- which included putting...

Kombucha May Help Control Blood Sugar in Folks With Type 2 Diabetes

Kombucha is a fermented tea that many folks believe offers numerous health benefits — and new research suggests they may be right.

Though the study was small -- 12 participants -- it found that kombucha may help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Fermented with bacteria and yeasts, the drink has been consumed in China since 200 B.C. but it has been embraced in the ...

New Clues to Treating a Disease That Prevents Children From Swallowing, Eating

Children who have a chronic immune system disease that can prevent them from eating may eventually have a new treatment, decades after the condition was first identified.

“Parents and doctors may not be aware of this, but this is a very prominent and serious disease in the pediatric population, and it is increasing in number because it is directly related to food allergens, which are al...

Key Ingredient in Breast Milk Could Do Wonders for Baby's Brain

A micronutrient in human breast milk may provide significant benefit to developing newborn brains, according to new research that sheds light on the link between nutrition and brain health.

Scientists looked at this sugar molecule in rodents and in human neurons. They said the micronutrient, called myo-inositol, may lead to improved infant formulas.

“The current research does indi...

Low-Fiber Diet During Pregnancy May Harm Baby's Brain

Too little fiber in Mom's diet during pregnancy may slow a baby's mental development, Japanese research suggests.

Animal studies have found that a low-fiber diet during pregnancy slows brain nerve function in offspring. The new study, published July 27 in the journal

Vegetarian Diet May Be the Best Bet for Those at High Risk for Heart Disease

As more people are advised to shun meat, a new study from Australia adds to evidence that a vegetarian diet can help improve heart health.

A review of 20 prior investigations found that folks who followed a vegetarian diet for six months, on average, saw improvements in cholesterol, blood sugar and body weight.

The study analysis “provides support to the current knowledge that eat...

Milk Alternatives Don't Always Measure Up to Milk

If you're drinking soy, oat or almond milk, you may not be getting the same nutrients as you would with a glass of cow's milk.

A new analysis of more than 200 plant-based milk alternatives found that few contain the calcium, vitamin D and protein that can be found in cow's milk.

Only 12% of the alternative milk products studied had comparable or greater amounts of all three nutrient...

Olive Oil a Powerful Prescription Against Dementia

People looking to stay mentally sharp as they age might want to swap out margarine for olive oil, a preliminary study suggests.

The study, of more than 90,000 U.S. health professionals, found that olive oil lovers were less likely to die of dementia over the next three decades.

Compared with their counterparts who rarely used olive oil, those who consumed more than a half-tablespoon...

Researchers Identify Genes That Influence What You Eat

You've likely heard that "you are what you eat,” but a new study suggests what you eat also has something to do with who you are — genetically speaking.

Researchers have identified nearly 500 genes that appear to directly influence what someone eats. These insights could help improve personalized nutrition to boost health or prevent disease, they said.

“Some genes we iden...

Need Vitamin D, But Need to Watch the Sun? Here's How You Do It

Your body needs vitamin D, the "sunshine" vitamin, but too much time in the sun can increase your risk for skin cancer.

An expert offers tips for boosting vitamin D intake while staying safe from the sun and this summer's record-high temperatures.

“Vitamin D is important for bone health, calcium absorption, reduction of inflammation, promoting cell growth and immune and cardiovas...

Omega-3s May Preserve Lung Health

A new study offers strong evidence that eating fish or supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids supports lung health.

The finding underscores the importance of including fish and other sources of omega-3s in the diet, researchers say. Many Americans aren't meeting recommended guidelines, they noted.

“We know a lot about the role of diet in cancer and cardiovascular diseases...

Summer Backyard Feasts Don't Have to be Unhealthy

That backyard cookout can be loaded with fat and sugar, but it doesn't have to be.

It's possible to make some simple swaps and have a meal that's healthy and delicious, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas says.

“If you're not ready to replace your entire plate with healthy alternatives, you can still cut down on added sugar and fats by blending your favo...

WHO Agency Declares Aspartame a Possible Carcinogen

In findings that are likely to fuel the debate over the safety of aspartame, one World Health Organization (WHO) agency announced Thursday that the artificial sweetener is a possible carcinogen while another stood firm in saying that aspartame is safe in recommended doses.

“Cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally. Every year, 1 in 6 people die from cancer. Science is conti...

Could 'Produce Prescriptions' Save $40 Billion in Medical Bills Among Those With Diabetes? Study Says Yes

A bunch of healthy fruits and vegetables could be just what the doctor ordered.

Nonprofit groups and public health agencies have experimented with the idea of a produce prescription over the years. Now, a new study simulates what would happen if patients with diabetes and diet-related conditions were given free or discounted produce and nutrition education nationwide.

The researcher...

Eat These 6 Foods to Keep Your Adult Heart Strong

Certain foods are key to reducing heart disease risk, so it's important to eat them to stay healthy.

A globally focused study looked at foods commonly considered to be healthy to better understand this.

Consuming fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish and whole-fat dairy products is key to lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart attacks and strokes. The s...

Forty Percent of U.S. Girls, Young Women Are Iron Deficient

Nearly 4 out of 10 girls and young women aren't getting enough iron and they may have their periods to blame, a new U.S. study shows.

Menstrual bleeding, especially when heavy, is a major risk factor for iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia, the researchers explained.

There are health consequences associated with being low in iron, noted study author

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  • Fasting Diets vs. Cutting Calories: Which Works Best?

    A trendy form of intermittent fasting does seem to help people lose some weight — though it may be no better than old-fashioned calorie counting, a new clinical trial suggests.

    Researchers found that the tactic — called time-restricted eating — helped people with obesity drop around 8 pounds, on average, over one year. That was right on par with a second study group who went the tra...

    Menopause & Your Diet: Foods to Choose and Avoid

    Menopause, a natural stage in a woman's life, brings a host of changes and challenges. One aspect that is crucial to consider is nutrition.

    Eating the right foods and avoiding others can help you navigate this change with vitality and optimal health.

    This article will discuss the key foods to eat and those to avoid so you can thrive during menopause and beyond.

    Diet an...

    First Chicken Meat Grown in Labs Gets U.S. Approval

    Americans could soon be eating “lab-grown” chicken at upscale restaurants after the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved products made by two companies on Wednesday.

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  • Diet Heavy in Omega-3s Might Help Slow ALS

    Consuming omega-3 fatty acids like flaxseed oil and walnuts may help slow the decline in physical function related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), new research suggests.

    ALS (formerly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. People with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle moveme...

    Dads Can Play Big Role in Baby's Nutrition, Safe Sleep

    Jeremy Davis made sure his wife, Chloe, got lots of support when she was breastfeeding each of their three sons.

    “When she'd been up nursing all night, I'd take over with the baby in the mornings so she could get extra sleep,” the Wilton, Conn., man recalled. Davis also learned to give special breastfeeding massages to help with milk flow and took on middle-of-the-night diaper duty.

    Fasting Later in Day Might Be Key to Controlling Blood Sugar: Study

    Intermittent fasting is all the rage due to the lengthy list of health benefits associated with this style of eating.

    Now, a new, small study suggests that one type of intermittent fasting — early time-restricted eating — may be key for preventing type 2 diabetes in people who are at high risk for the blood sugar disease.

    The study included 10 people with prediabetes and o...

    Low-Fat Breakfasts Could Weaken Effect of a Key Lung Cancer Drug

    The lung cancer drug alectinib (Alecensa) is more potent when taken with a fuller breakfast, or lunch, than when taken with a low-fat breakfast, researchers report.

    The Dutch team evaluated 20 patients who took one of two daily doses of alectinib with either low-fat yogurt alone, a full continental breakfast, or a lunch of their choosing. Low-fat yogurt resulted in 14% less exposure to t...

    Temptation Alley: Checkout Counters Are Prime Spots for Unhealthy Food

    Every grocery shopper must pass through the “temptation alley” that is the checkout aisle, surrounded by candy bars, salty snacks and sugary sodas.

    Those who'd like a healthy option for an impulse buy while they wait in line -- fruit, veggies, nuts or water -- will be left wanting, a new study says.

    About 70% of foods and beverages offered at checkout stands are unhealthy, accor...

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