Food & Nutrition

Latest trends and guidance on food, nutrition, and recipes for general healthy living and chronic illnesses.

Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps

Butter, sugar, and heavy cream — oh my! The holidays are a time for indulgence, but that doesn't mean you have to leave every meal feeling completely guilty. If you have dietary restrictions, these swaps will still leave you fulfilled, without all the guilt.

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What to Eat, And What Not to Eat With Narcolepsy

If you’re battling narcolepsy you should be stocking your fridge with oily fish, chicken, and nuts — and steering clear of caffeine and alcohol. Sorry, we’re just the messenger — take it from the experts themselves.

By Martin Reed

10 Healthy Fall Foods

It’s hard to say goodbye to the fresh flavors of summer, but autumn ushers in a wealth of healthy and flavorful seasonal foods as well. Check out our favorite fall fruits and vegetables.

By Sara Suchy

Reflux Free Meal Plan for a Week

Looking for meal ideas that won't leave you with reflux? We've got you covered for seven whole days with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Hot or Cold Brew, Which Coffee Is Healthier?

Researchers (and coffee drinkers) at Jefferson University in Pennsylvania conducted a study to analyze the health effects of hot coffee vs. cold-brew.

By Diane Domina

It’s Hard Cider Season: Watch Out for Extra Sugar

Hard cider labels are required to include the number of grams of sugar per serving, but they don't have to distinguish between natural and added sugars.

By Diane Domina

The World Isn’t Growing Enough Fruits and Veggies

The worldwide agriculture system produces too many grains, fats, and sugars, and not enough fruits, vegetables, and protein to provide a healthy diet for all.

By Diane Domina

Eat This, Not That, For Ankylosing Spondylitis

While there isn’t a diet that will cure AS, there are certain things that you could be eating that could be helping to minimize your joint pain and swelling — or foods you’re eating that could be making it worse. Choose wisely.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Cooking With RA: Enlist Your Family's Help

When you have RA, hearing "What's for dinner?" can be a daunting question — but it doesn't have to be. Make cooking as a family an "all hands on deck" event.

By Cathy Kramer

Diet for Pancreatitis

When you are recovering from pancreatitis, your doctor may put you on a soft, bland diet. Expect to load up on foods like applesauce and scrambled eggs, and to avoid spicy foods.

By Ask HealthCentral

How Much Protein Should My Child Have?

Children actually need more protein per pound of body weight than adults because they are in a stage of growth and development during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. But is there such a thing as to much? Find out how much they should be having for their age?

By Ask HealthCentral

Meet the Experts

Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Carmen is a Registered Dietitian specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular health, GI disorders, food allergies, and weight management.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Amy Hendel, P.A.

Health Writer

Amy Hendel P.A.,The HealthGal, is a medical/lifestyle reporter, nutrition/fitness expert, Health Coach/brand ambassador.

Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Carmen is a Registered Dietitian specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular health, GI disorders, food allergies, and weight management.

Health News

Move More, Sit Less Say New Physical Activity Guidelines

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans have been issued to improve fitness, promote wellness, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Being Overweight Causes Depression, Especially in Women

A study suggests there’s a causal link between being overweight and being depressed, even in people without additional health problems, especially women.

Fish Oil and Vitamin D May Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer, But Only in Some

In a large study evaluating the effects of vitamin D and omega-3 (fish oil) supplements on heart disease and cancer risk, researchers found few benefits.