Topic: healthy eating

Nutrition news: Factors linked to long-term weight gain

Foods are not created equal when it comes to what foods are likely to pack on pounds over time, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers report. In a study published June 23, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine looking…

New strategies needed for preventing eating disorders

August 6, 2013 — The U.S. health care system needs more trained professionals and prevention specialists to take on the often overlooked―and sometimes deadly―issue of eating disorders. “Eating disorders need to be higher up on the public health agenda,” said S. Bryn Austin,…

Eat more beans, less white rice, to reduce diabetes risk

A new study by HSPH researchers Josiemer Mattei, Frank Hu, and Hannia Campos has found that beans are the far healthier half of the classic beans and rice dish. The researchers studied the diets of nearly 1,900 Costa Rican men and women…

Eating white rice regularly may raise type 2 diabetes risk

Eating white rice on a regular basis may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research. HSPH researchers from the Department of Nutrition—led by Emily Hu, research assistant, and Qi Sun, research associate—reviewed…

SNAP program fails to boost consumption of healthy foods

November 25, 2013 — The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has failed to boost the nutritional value of food purchased and consumed by recipients or to improve food security (ensuring participants have food to meet household needs), according to a new…

Nutrition news: USDA’s ‘MyPlate’ doesn’t go far enough

The USDA’s MyPlate icon, aimed at providing Americans with easy-to-understand information about how to eat healthy, is an improvement on the old food pyramid but lacks certain key ingredients, said Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of…

Skipping breakfast may increase coronary heart disease risk

July 23, 2013 — A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) adds to evidence that eating breakfast is important for good health. HSPH researchers found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or…

Inflammatory dietary pattern linked to depression among women

November 7, 2013 – Women whose diet includes more foods that trigger inflammation—like sugar-sweetened or diet soft drinks, refined grains, red meat, and margarine—and fewer foods that restrain inflammation—like wine, coffee, olive oil, and green leafy and yellow vegetables—have up to a…

Nutrition news: Few Americans eat all their fruits and vegetables

Walter Willett, chairman of HSPH’s Department of Nutrition and the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, was interviewed October 8, 2010, on NPR’s Talk of the Nation about a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The CDC report…