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Dear health-conscious consumer,

You should have the latest life-saving information about the foods you eat. And that’s why we’ve developed this Web site,®. So you can get candid, reliable, and useful information from our nutritionists and scientists…

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Editor

Dear health-conscious consumer,

You should have the latest life-saving information about the foods you eat. And that’s why we’ve developed this Web site,®. So you can get candid, reliable, and useful information from our nutritionists and scientists…

Current Nutrition Action Daily Tips

Gluten Free: Fruits With Added Benefits

Whether or not your diet is gluten free, fruits can benefit your health in other ways.

You can’t go wrong with fruit. In good news for anyone who has to eat gluten free, fruits (and vegetables) lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. This news if from studies that look at the eating habits of large groups of people and the diseases they get.

It’s a little trickier when you try to match individual fruits to specific diseases. But researchers are trying..with mixed success. Here’s some of what they’ve learned.

“Twenty or thirty years ago, people evaluated a fruit or vegetable by how much vitamin C it contained,” says Rui Hai Liu, a fruit researcher at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.   Read More

How Food Poisoning from Vegetables and Fruit Occurs

Food poisoning from vegetables is just as serious as food poisoning from meats and dairy. Here are some things to look out for.

Salmonella from cantaloupe. Hepatitis A from strawberries. Cryptosporidium from scallions. Shigella from parsley. The list of disease-causing microbes in fruits and vegetables is almost as varied as our supply of fresh produce. Here are a few key examples of food poisoning from vegetables.


Rita Bernstein of Wilton, Connecticut, served mixed, pre-washed lettuce to her daughter Haylee, then three years old. That salad almost blinded the child.

The lettuce—which sickened 60 others in New York, Illinois, and Connecticut—was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. After visiting the California farm where it was grown, investigators weren’t surprised.   Read More

What’s the Best Diet for Weight Loss?

What's the best diet for weight loss? The answer is simpler than you might imagine.

What’s the best diet for weight loss? So far, no one has found a magic bullet.

“We had three decades of low-fat, and we had a decade of ‘Oh, wait, no, maybe low- carb,’ and then at the end of that we said ‘Oh, never mind, neither of them works,’” says Christopher Gardner, director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center.

But several glimpses of new evidence are giving researchers renewed hope. They’re looking not just at how many calories people eat and burn, but at their genes, the microbes in their gut, how much they sleep, and more.
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How Much is Too Much Sugar?

Do you ever wonder "how much is too much sugar?" The research is clear.

Soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, coffee drinks, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, doughnuts, granola bars, chocolate, ice cream, sweetened yogurt, cereal, candy. The list of sweet temptations is endless.

The average American now consumes 22 to 28 teaspoons of added sugars a day—mostly high-fructose corn syrup and ordinary table sugar (sucrose). That’s 350 to 440 empty calories that few of us can afford.

How much is too much sugar? Cutting back to 100 calories (61⁄2 teaspoons) a day for women and 150 calories (91⁄2 teaspoons) a day for men might mean slimmer waistlines and a lower risk of disease.   Read More

Five Meatless BBQ Ideas that are Healthy and Tasty

When it comes to meatless BBQ ideas, be careful what you pick up for the grill.

Say what you want about meat—you have to admit that it’s convenient. Slap a hot dog in a bun. Form a ground beef patty and throw it on the grill. Take a steak out of the package and slip it under the broiler.

Not too long ago, people with a vegetarian bent would have to either forgo the pleasure of digging into a juicy burger or put up with canned “meat analogs.” Those soggy, sponge- like blobs were enough to kill anyone’s desire to enjoy any meatless BBQ ideas.

But over the past couple of decades, as more people have stopped eating meat, food technologists have gotten better at spinning soy and other ingredients into meatlike burgers, balls, and “crumbles.” And food-industry chefs have gone far beyond meat, creating veggie and other patties that redefine the word “burger.”
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Pad Thai or Pad Pak: Which of These Easy Asian Dishes Is Healthier?

Which of these easy Asian dishes should you choose?

Pad Thai is wildly popular. Most people have never heard of Pad Pak. Which of these easy Asian dishes is better?

Pad Pak—stir-fried vegetables with chicken, shrimp, or tofu and a small side of rice—wins, hands down. That’s because Pad Thai— rice noodles, shrimp, bean sprouts, egg, tofu, and crushed peanuts—is such bad news.

At Pick Up Stix, for example, the Chicken Pad Thai has 670 calories and 2,110 milligrams of sodium. At Pei Wei, the calories for this most well known of Asian dish (even for the Vegetable & Tofu Pad Thai) hover around 1,500, and the sodium rounds to a hard-to-believe 5,000 mg—enough for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.   Read More

5 Healthy Recipes to Use Up Lemons

Got a lot of lemons? Here are some recipes to use up lemons that will sparkle with fresh lemon flavor.

Fresh lemon juice makes the vegetables in these recipes sparkle. Any of them could be a main course, but also makes a great side dish. Just serve with a tossed salad and some quickly sautéed fish or grilled chicken. And we could all use some recipes to use up lemons before they go bad.

Do you need another reason to bookmark these? Fruits and vegetables are rich in citrates, which help prevent calcium oxalate stones (the most common type of kidney stones).

In general, drinking more fluids helps. Coffee and citrus juices (like low-sugar lemonade) are especially good, with one exception: people who drink grapefruit juice have a higher risk of kidney stones. So think of these as not just recipes to use up lemons hanging out in your kitchen, but a little splash of health.   Read More

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