Take a Deep Breath – and Possibly a Food Supplement

Do you feel swamped by “Eat this, not that” advice? I love today’s instant access to all kinds of nutritional information, but sometimes it leads merely to confusion. Every morning, it seems, yet another expert pops up on national television, claiming to possess the very latest research on nutrition – specifically, What’s Best For You Now. Some exhort us to consume more protein, while others insist we must go vegan. Still others burble over with dire warnings along the lines …

Sugar, Servings and Calories: A Food-Label Makeover

After two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain. The changes were unveiled today at the White House as part of the fourth anniversary of the first lady’s Let’s Move! antiobesity campaign. For consumers, the new labels could serve up a major reality check: The serving size for ice cream, for example, …

Nuts for a Longer Life? Yes, but Which Ones Are Best?

Eating a handful of nuts a day may be all it takes to help ward off serious disease and prolong a healthy life, says a major new study. In the largest study to date to look at whether eating nuts can help you live longer, researchers who followed 76,464 women and 42,498 men for 30 years found that people who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease, cancer or any other cause, compared …

Eat to Sleep: Which Foods Help Your Zzz’s?

Does what you eat affect how well you sleep? The answer appears to be yes, and we’re not just talking about midnight snacking. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that a more varied diet – including five nutrients in particular – could improve people’s sleep. The research was published online in May in the journal Appetite. The researchers were interested in the diet-sleep link because too little sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive …

Vitamins 101 for the 50+ Diet

For those of you who are over 50 and are clueless about what vitamins you should be taking (I’ll admit I’m a culprit), you definitely want to check out this neat tool that AARP created so you can see what vitamins are important for your dietary needs: The best way to get crucial vitamins and minerals is through healthy foods, so for a completely well-nourished person, supplements may be a waste of money. But for people over age 50, even …