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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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

Most Fast Food Kids' Meals Are Still Unhealthy

Despite fast food restaurants’ attempts to provide healthier options, 74 percent of kids get unhealthy drinks or sides with their meals, according to a survey.

By Diane Domina

Can You Load Up on Beans, Fruit, and Veggies and Still Lose Weight?

Complex carbohydrates from fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains are the healthiest fuel for our bodies, and can aid weight loss.

By Diane Domina

Nutrition Tips to Keep You Healthy Through Menopause

Your diet is just as important as you age as it has been all your life, so don't let menopause be when you stop paying attention. Here are some key areas to focus on.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Is Your Yogurt Really Good for You? Many Are High in Sugar

Other than natural Greek and “Greek-style” yogurts, most kinds of yogurt are high in added sugar and some contain more than the recommended daily amount.

By Diane Domina

12-Month Plan for a Lighter, Healthier You This Year

Tough time losing weight? Maybe you’re trying to change too many habits at the same time. Try this 12-month approach to make steady progress.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Just Say No to Sugar-Free Candy

Sugar-free chocolates and candies can be tempting when you have diabetes, but they can still affect your blood sugar. Look out for these common side effects.

By Ginger Vieira

Finally Winning the War on Weight: Judy’s Story

Losing weight after menopause and keeping it off long-term was a challenge for Judy. Learn how she was able to achieve her goals with the help of a close friend.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

How to Decline Trigger Foods During Holiday Events

Trigger foods act like a drug during stressful holidays, calming us down and keeping us in control of our feelings, but they also cause harmful side effects.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

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.