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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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

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.

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.