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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When Does 'Clean Eating' Become a Disorder?

It is possible to overdo healthy eating. A new study pinpoints risk factors for the eating disorder orthorexia.

By Lara DeSanto

Plant-Based Burgers Are All the Rage: But Are They Really Better for You?

Popular beefless burgers like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger can be found across the country. Here’s how they compare with real meat when it comes to your health.

By Lara DeSanto

The Science Behind Your Love for Coffee and Beer

It’s not as obvious as you may think — in fact, it’s in your genes.

By Lara DeSanto

Recall Alert: 80+ Tons of Ground Beef May Be Contaminated with E. Coli

Check your freezers — this is one nasty cause of food poisoning.

By Lara DeSanto

The Disturbing Truth About Dining Out With Food Allergies

Turns out you may not be able to rely on your server to keep you reaction-free. Here’s how to stay safe and enjoy yourself too.

By Lara DeSanto

What Happens When Kids Don’t Drink Enough Water — and What You Can Do to Make Sure Yours Do

As many as 1 in 5 kids say they don’t drink water regularly. Find out what they’re downing instead (and what they’re risking because of it).

By Lara DeSanto

Eat Your Way to Stronger Heart

Heart failure is a serious condition that affects millions of adults in the U.S., but this new study gives us one clear-cut way to lower our risk.

By Lara DeSanto

These Eating Habits Could Endanger Your Heart

When (and if) you eat certain meals throughout the day could have serious implications for your cardiovascular health, according to new research.

By Lara DeSanto

Here’s Why You Should Get Your Main Nutrients From Food, Not Supplements

Put down the vitamin bottle for a second and listen up: A new study found that it’s the nutrients from food you eat that benefit you most.

By Lara DeSanto

What to Eat to Prevent or Improve the Symptoms of ED

Find out what to put on your plate, what to avoid eating, and how these nutrients can help erectile dysfunction.

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

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 Can Lead to Depression

People who are overweight, especially woman, have a greater chance of struggling with depression, according to this study.

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.