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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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.

10 Smoothies to Reduce Your Crohn's Disease Risk

A review of 19 studies reported a decreased risk of Crohn’s disease in people who ate more fruits and veggies and got more fiber. Here are some tasty smoothie recipes to help you meet your nutrition goals and reduce your Crohn's risk.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Don't Panic Over Pesticides in Produce: Here's What's OK to Eat

The latest edition of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide includes a “clean 15” list of fruits and veggies, as well as a “dirty dozen” list.

By Diane Domina

Can You Feed Your Family on $25 Per Day?

Even with careful meal planning, serving healthy meals to a family of four costs about $25 a day, which for many low-income U.S. families is not affordable.

By Diane Domina

What You Eat Could be The Difference Between Your Bladder Cancer Returning, or Not

While there is no evidence that a particular diet can reduce your risk, results from multiple studies show a link between bladder cancer and what we eat. So it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on yogurt, green tea, and oranges — and also, they’re delicious, so why wouldn’t you want to?

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

The Soda Tax Works! It DOES Shrink Sugary Drink Consumption

The consumption of sugary drinks has fallen 52 percent in areas of Berkeley, California since the city’s tax on sugar-sweetened beverages was enacted.

By Diane Domina

Avoid Weight Gain On a Gluten-Free Diet

If you live with celiac disease, or simply eat gluten-free, and you're worried about weight gain, avoid extra pounds by following these tips.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

The Truth About Nightshade Veggies

Tom Brady says to “hold the nightshades,” but should you?

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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.