Topic: nutrition

Biking on cycle tracks safer than cycling in the road

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers shows bicycle riders have fewer injuries when they ride on cycle tracks-- physically separated bicycle-exclusive paths along roads--than in the road. The study, published online Feb. 9, 2011 in Injury…

Food marketing can distort portion size perceptions

March 28, 2012 Think you know how many calories you get when you order a "low-fat" sub? Or how many ounces are in the soda you guzzle down at the movies? Whatever you think you know, you’re likely wrong, according to Pierre…

Eating berries may protect against Parkinson's disease

Men and women who regularly eat berries may reduce their risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The researchers, led by Xiang Gao, research scientist in HSPH’s Department of Nutrition, believe the…

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…

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…

Nutrition news: Mediterraneans abandon their famous diet

Italians, Greeks, and Spaniards are getting heavier, in spite of the fact that their countries are home to the Mediterranean diet, a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. Young people in particular are moving toward an “industrial” diet…

Progress, but challenges in reducing racial disparities

September 19, 2013 -- Disparities between blacks and whites in the U.S. remain pronounced—and health is no exception. A panel of experts at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) discussed these disparities—what they are, why they persist, and what to do about…