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Fruits and Veggies Boost Moods

Eating Produce Heightens Mental Well-Being Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have ... Read More »

Vision Quest

Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes BY MELINDA HEMMELGARN  One of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common age-related ... Read More »

Organic Farmers: Growing America’s Health

Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops BY MELINDA HEMMELGARN When we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air ... Read More »

10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Flavorful Ways to Lower Disease Risk BY JUDITH FERTIG Any time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical—they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, ... Read More »

Eat Right to Sleep Well

10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest Getting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes ... Read More »

Crazy-Good Condiments

DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients While not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from TheDailyMeal.com, it stands behind ... Read More »

Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health Three years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and ... Read More »

The World’s Healthiest Cuisines

What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating BY JUDITH FERTIG Americans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish super-sized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have ... Read More »

Spice Up Healthy Cooking

Six Seasonings with Surprising Payoffs BY AMBER LANIER NAGLE Spices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.   Garlic (Allium sativum) “There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says ... Read More »

Frugal Foodie

Practical Uses for Aging Produce BY JUDITH FERTIG When Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV ... Read More »