It’s Hard to Beat Beet Juice

Researchers have discovered an array of compounds in beet juice that may lower blood pressure and have other health benefits. The juice is also rich in red-yellow pigments...

Health Stamps, Marks and Numbers

Heart-Check Mark. From the nonprofit American Heart Association, this mark is found on hundreds of products that meet guidelines for heart health. They must be low in...

Up-Front Nutrition Labels

Many people find the Nutrition Facts box on the back or side of food packages confusing—or just ignore it. It’s not surprising, then, that food companies and...

To Buy Healthier Foods, Pay in Cash

Paying for your groceries with cash rather than a credit or debit card may be a smart health move. In a series of studies published in the...

Lettuce Nutrients

Q: How nutritious is iceberg lettuce? A: Of all lettuces, this pale green variety (also called head lettuce) is the least nutritious, providing only very small amounts of...

Vegetarianism the Safe Way

Being a vegetarian has both health and environmental advan­tages. You may shun meat for animal welfare or religious rea­sons, too. You need not be 100 percent vegetarian,...

Tea and Iron Deficiency

Q: Does drinking tea contribute to an iron deficiency? A: It could, if you drink a lot of tea with meals and don’t consume adequate iron. Studies have...

Dragon Fruit

Q: We love dragon fruit. Where is it from and how nutritious is it? A: Also called pitahaya or pitaya, dragon fruit is the generic name for fruits...

Canned Beans

Q: Are canned beans as nutritious as dried? A: Yes, bean for bean, canned and cooked dried beans provide the same nutrients. If you look at the numbers,...

Is Your Carrot an Underachiever?

Do vegetables provide lower levels of vitamins and minerals than they once did? Many people worry that our soil is depleted and thus our produce is less...
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