Food & Nutrition

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

The Hype About H2O

Long gone are the days of advising you to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water. Now, it’s known that it’s more important to drink the right amount of water for your specific weight.

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10 Best Foods for Prostate Health

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. Add these 10 foods to your diet to help lower your risk of developing prostate cancer.

By Jacqueline Ho

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

Protein Powders for Teens: Friend or Foe?

Chances are, your teen is consuming some form of protein supplements — whether it’s a powdery drink or a protein-packed granola bar. Protein is everywhere right now, but is it right for your teen? Do they really need that extra boost, or is it unhealthy?

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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

Fall Food Guide for Ulcerative Colitis

The changing season means pumpkin-spiced everything, apples galore, and more — but when you have IBD, are some of these fall favorites better for your gut than others?

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

8 Foods That Can Harm Bone Health

Which foods should you exclude from your diet when you want to boost your bone health and reduce your osteoporosis risk?

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Are Collagen Supplements Good or Bad for You?

Our bodies produce less collagen as we age, so there is a huge market for collagen supplements. But should you be taking them?

By Ask HealthCentral

Will Melatonin Supplements Help Lull You to Sleep?

If you’re over the age of 40, your natural melatonin has slowed production. So why not turn to a melatonin supplement as a replacement? Well, for starters, there’s little evidence that shows its worth as a sleep aid.

By Ask HealthCentral

Hawaiian Sriracha Fried Rice: Gluten-free and Inflammatory Fighting

This delicious dish omits ingredients like gluten and processed sugars, which are suspected to aggravate inflammatory issues. It also has known anti-inflammatories such as ginger and garlic, and it satisfies your sweet and salty cravings. So that’s like a win-win-win-win?

By Emil DeAndreis

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

Could Hot Dogs and Beef Jerky Make You Manic?

A chemical found in cured meats like hot dogs, beef jerky, salami, and bacon is associated with mania in people with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and other mental illnesses, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Not Drinking Enough Water? You May Not Be Thinking Straight

Working outside without fluids (especially in the hot summer sun) for just two hours is enough to cause dehydration sufficient to impede concentration, according to a study from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta.

Effects of Low-Carb Diets in Men and Women

Low-carb diets can affect men and women differently, say researchers and one key difference may help women with prediabetes reduce their heart disease risk by cutting carbs.