Topic: nutrition

Fast Facts on Sugar and Salt

Sugar and Salt in Hiding As a dietary enemy, sugar is cleverly camouflaged because it is dissolved in liquid. A 20-ounce bottle of sugary soft-drink contains 17 teaspoons of sugar. In August, the American Heart Association recommended that women consume no more…

Off the cuff: Walter Willett

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] How would you improve the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? "The guidelines took baby steps in the right direction. For example, they are very clear about what foods should be increased: whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. They also said…

A visual history of food guides

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Click on a photo to scroll through a visual history of food guides.

-- Madeline Drexler

Public health and the U.S. economy

[ Fall 2012 ] How the next U.S. president can stack the deck in favor of people’s health and wealth in 2013 With the November 2012 elections on the horizon, Americans surveyed in national polls consistently rank the economy as their number…

Public health takes aim at sugar and salt

[Fall 2009] The war on obesity and other lifestyle ills has opened a new battlefront: the fight against sugar and salt. It may be a fight for our lives. In the last few years, evidence has mounted that too much of these appealing ingredients—often invisibly…

Obesity in China portends a diabetic disaster

[ Spring 2009 ] Like a runaway train, type 2 diabetes is speeding through many rapidly developing countries, including China. Could a seemingly simple change in diet—from white rice to brown rice—slow the spread of this disease? Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) hope…

New scholarship supports doctoral students in nutrition, honors Willett

[ Fall 2012 ] Prajna—a Sanskrit word that conveys ultimate wisdom—is the name of a new scholarship for doctoral students in the HSPH Department of Nutrition that was established to recognize the leadership and distinction of the department’s chair, Walter Willett. The first Prajna…

Vitamins

A daily multivitamin is a great nutrition insurance policy. Some extra vitamin D may add an extra health boost. True, a healthy diet should provide nearly all the nutrients you need. But many people don't eat the healthiest of diets. That's why…

Fats and Cholesterol

It’s time to end the low-fat myth. That’s because the percentage of calories from fat that you eat, whether high or low, isn't really linked with disease. What really matters is the type of fat you eat. Choose foods with healthy fats,…