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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Are Pumpkin Seeds Healthy?

Before you freak out over pumpkin-everything, you should know that there are some serious cons to eating too many pumpkin seeds.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

13 Healthy Food and Cooking Gifts

It’s very easy this time of year to forget about the concept of healthy eating. But here’s a baker’s dozen of great gifts geared to the family member or friend who loves to cook and wants to stay in good health.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Are You Overdosing on Vitamin D?

Have we gone overboard with vitamin D? It has benefits, but taking too much may be harmful.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Biotin: What Is It, and How Much Is Optimal?

While biotin is hailed as the supplement for healthy nails and hair, it can also help with those who have diabetes and multiple sclerosis. However, it can also interfere with medications for those with hypothyroidism. Here’s what you need to know.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

More Striking Evidence of Plant-Based Diet Benefits

New research demonstrates that the plant-based Portfolio dietary pattern can result in improvements in LDL cholesterol and other established cardiometabolic risk factors.

By Stephanie Stephens

What You Need To Know About Probiotics

You may have heard or read about probiotics, but what exactly are they? Here we discuss their benefits and who should take them.Probiotics are living microorganisms that naturally inhabit a host and provide a variety of health benefits. According to ...

By Erica Sanderson

Pleasure Without Guilt: Banana Bliss Soft-Serve

Everyone – including those following non-dairy, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and/or no added sugar diets – will enjoy this smooth, unbelievably creamy ice cream clone.

By PJ Hamel

To Live Longer, Change Your Eating Habits

Recent studies have pinpointed several habits common among people who have been gifted with longevity. Use these habits as a guideline to help you lose weight and to improve your overall health.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

The Great Kratom Controversy

Is this botanical substance a dietary supplement with pain relieving properties — or is it an addictive drug?

By Stephanie Stephens

10 Foods on the MIND Diet

This menu may help cut your risk of dementia, the latest evidence shows.

By Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.

Meet the Experts

Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

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, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

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.