The Best Diet Now to Avoid Illness Later

As AARP health writer Elizabeth Agnvall reported last week, a large new study finds that women in their 50s and 60s who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, grains and olive oil were 46 percent more likely to be free of chronic disease and memory problems in their 70s. Think about that – 46 percent more likely to avoid nearly a dozen serious diseases like Parkinson’s, cancer, kidney disease and lung problems, according to researchers. The women …

Juice Makes You Fat, Veggies Make You a Hero

Does eating extra fruits and vegetables really help you lose weight? Does adding vegetables to the dinner plate make you seem like a better, more caring cook? Glad you asked. Two surprising studies add a new twist to the old bromide about eating and serving all that healthy stuff. First, the weight-loss question. A study from researchers at Purdue University in Indiana recently took a closer look at the weight-loss advice to fill up on things like broccoli, carrots, apples and …

Pesticides-in-Produce List: Sweet Corn vs. Peaches

The Environmental Working Group just released its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue, plus the “Clean 15” list of produce that is lowest in pesticides. Considering all the luscious summer produce showing up in the supermarket and farmers’ markets, we had to know: Are those fresh ears of super-sweet corn on this year’s pesticide list? What about the plump, juicy peaches we love? Or the overflowing pints of dusky blueberries? And the answer: Good …