Topic: healthy eating

Leave potatoes out of federal food program

Food vouchers and baskets provided through WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) should continue to exclude white potatoes, according to a column co-authored by Eric Rimm, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of…

Off the cuff: The $1.50 difference

[ Spring 2014 ] Dariush Mozzafarian, Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology In a recent study, you found that the cost per person of a healthy diet was $1.50 more per day— $550 more per year—than the cost of an unhealthy diet. What…

HSPH goes Hollywood with Fed Up film screening

“There are 600,000 food items in America. Eighty percent of them have added sugar,” according to the new film Fed Up, which was screened at Harvard School of Public Health on April 23, 2014 in Kresge G3. The exclusive advanced screening event…

Protein: The package matters

Moderately high-protein diets may have short-term weight loss benefits, and may lower heart disease risk, but the “package” the protein comes in matters, said Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. “If there’s too much protein and it comes from animal sources,…

Protein

Protein is found throughout the body—in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue. It makes up the enzymes that power many chemical reactions and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood. At least 10,000 different proteins…

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates: quality matters What’s most important is the type of carbohydrate you chose to eat because some sources are healthier than others. The amount of carbohydrate in the diet – high or low – is less important than the type of carbohydrate in the diet. For example, healthy, whole…

Low-Fat Diet Not a Cure-All

Results from large, long Women's Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial shows no effect on heart disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or weight. The low-fat, high-starch diet that was the focus of dietary advice during the 1990s-as reflected by the USDA food guide…

Chefs and doctors team up to promote healthy cooking

Doctors, dieticians, and chefs gathered March 13-16, 2014 for the annual Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives conference in Napa Valley, Calif. The event, a collaboration between Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Culinary Institute of America, provides health professionals with the…

SNAP reform could make program healthier

According to recent Harvard School of Public Health research, people who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits actually see their health get worse. HSPH nutrition expert Walter Willett appeared on the WGBH television show “Greater Boston” to talk about this problem…