Topic: nutrition

Salt and Sodium

Salt and sodium: The facts Salt, also known as sodium chloride, is about 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. It adds flavor to food and is also used as a preservative, binder, and stabilizer. The human body needs a very small…

Health Gains from Whole Grains

For millennia, the grains humans ate came straight from the stalk. That means they got a carbohydrate package rich in fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, hormones, and hundreds of other phytochemicals. Even after we learned how to grind grain, we…

Walter Willett and the science of eating well

If you were asked to name one person who has changed how we eat and live, the best answer very likely would be Walter Willett, described in a recent feature story in the Boston Globe as “the world’s most influential nutritionist.” A…

Healthy Drinks

Water is the best choice for quenching your thirst. Coffee and tea, without added sweeteners, are healthy choices, too. Some beverages should be limited or consumed in moderation, including diet drinks, fruit juice and milk.  Alcohol in moderation can be healthy for…

Menus of Change full report now available

This annual report integrates nutrition and public health, environmental stewardship and restoration, and social responsibility within the food service industry and beyond. Food is a lens through which we see the world, and our vision is increasingly focused on not only our…

Ask the Expert: Does being overweight really decrease mortality? No!

 The Expert: Dr. Walter Willett Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health   A recent JAMA study got major media attention when it claimed that grade 1 obesity…