Topic: nutrition

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,…

Harvard researchers launch Healthy Eating Plate

Guide to eating a healthy meal based on latest science addresses shortcomings in U.S. government’s MyPlate For immediate release: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Boston, MA — Nutrition experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health…

Winter 2014 Frontlines

[ Winter 2014 ] Quick updates about the latest public health news from across the School and beyond. The end of trans fats? A proposal issued in November 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if finalized, would eliminate trans fat from…