Topic: nutrition

Red meat may raise young women’s breast cancer risk

New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds a link between high consumption of red meat and breast cancer in young women. Compared with women who had one serving of red meat a week, those who ate 1.5 servings a…

Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. The term “soft drink” refers to any beverage with added sugar or other sweetener, and includes soda, fruit punch, lemonade and other “ades,” sweetened powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks. People…

Healthy diet and cancer risk: What do we know?

Studies have shown that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and chicken—and low on sugar and red meat—can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But evidence that healthy diets also reduce cancer risk remains less conclusive. Walter…

Healthy lifestyle may cut gestational diabetes cases by half

Healthy lifestyle habits—maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and staying physically active—may help prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop in pregnant women, according to a new study. Looking at data from more than 14,000 American women, the researchers found…

Not just hunger-free, but healthy

Alumna Cindy Leung chose HSPH for her nutrition studies so that she could help vulnerable people eat healthier food—and have healthier lives. January 24, 2013. (4:22) Please click the icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download…

Mediterranean diet and workplace health

Research suggests that “eating like a Greek”—with lots of olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish, and smaller amounts of dairy, eggs, meats and sweets—can lead to longer, healthier lives. This “Mediterranean diet” will be the focus of a two-day conference at Harvard…

Five daily servings of fruits and veggies enough for health benefit

Eating five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may significantly lower the risk of death, but eating more than that doesn’t appear to provide additional health benefits, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and colleagues. In…

Low-fat or low-carb? It may not matter

Two new studies are weighing in on the ongoing debate about whether the best diet is low-fat or low-carbohydrate, but Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Frank Hu says that no one diet can claim to be best for everyone.…