The Great Muffin Makeover

If you visit a coffee shop for your morning cup, chances are you will be met by an array of baked goods—including the ubiquitous muffin. Dotted with fruit or sprinkled with nuts, they may appear to be a better breakfast than their donut neighbors, but with a range of other ingredients (often refined flours, high sodium, … Continue reading “The Great Muffin Makeover”

Blueberry Muffin Battle

The average coffee shop blueberry muffin is hardly what you’d call a health food: It’s got almost 470 calories—nearly double what you’d get from a chocolate frosted donut—and most of those calories come from refined carbohydrates, primarily white flour and sugar. Less than 2 percent of the carbohydrate in these mega-muffins comes from fiber, offering … Continue reading “Blueberry Muffin Battle”

Alcohol: Balancing Risks and Benefits

Moderate drinking can be healthy—but not for everyone. You must weigh the risks and benefits. –Introduction –What’s Moderate Alcohol Intake? What’s a Drink? –The Downside of Alcohol –Possible Health Benefits of Alcohol –Genes Play a Role –Shifting Benefits and Risks –The Bottom Line: Balancing Risks and Benefits Introduction Throughout the 10,000 or so years that … Continue reading “Alcohol: Balancing Risks and Benefits”

Healthy Beverage Guidelines

Introduction Beverage Guidelines from the Experts Water Tea and Coffee Low-Fat and Skim Milk and Soy Beverages Noncalorically Sweetened Beverages Caloric Beverages with Some Nutrients Calorically Sweetened Beverages Putting it All Together: A Sample Beverage Plan References Introduction In the beginning there was water—abundant, refreshing, providing everything the body needs to replenish the fluids it … Continue reading “Healthy Beverage Guidelines”

Nuts for the Heart

Many people think of nuts as just another junk food snack. In reality, nuts are excellent sources of healthy fat, protein, and other healthful nutrients. One surprising finding from nutrition research is that people who regularly eat nuts are less likely to have heart attacks or die from heart disease than those who rarely eat them. Several … Continue reading “Nuts for the Heart”

Fish: Friend or Foe?

Fears of contaminants make many unnecessarily shy away from fish. Fish is a very important part of a healthy diet. Fish and other seafood are the major sources of healthful long-chain omega-3 fats and are also rich in other nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, high in protein, and low in saturated fat. There … Continue reading “Fish: Friend or Foe?”


Often used as a marketing buzzword, learn about the role of antioxidants beyond the hype, and some of the research on health and disease prevention. Jump to: –What are antioxidants? –Health benefits of antioxidants: what’s the buzz? –Studies of antioxidant supplements and disease prevention –Antioxidants in food –Bottom line on antioxidants and disease prevention What … Continue reading “Antioxidants”


Long-vilified for their high cholesterol content by well-meaning doctors and scientists researching heart disease, eggs now seem to be making a bit of a comeback. So what changed? While it’s true that just one large egg yolk has 200 mg of cholesterol—making it one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol—eggs also contain additional nutrients … Continue reading “Eggs”