Consuming fish oil instead of lard makes a significant difference in brain function. New research shows that brain function remains normal and manages to restrain from eating more than necessary when this type of fat is consumed. Credit: © colnihko / Fotolia A diet high in saturated fat can make your brain struggle to control

What is your comfort food? Credit: © lightwavemedia / Fotolia A big bowl of mashed potatoes. What about spaghetti and meatballs? Sushi? Regardless of what you identify as comfort food, it’s likely the attraction to that dish is based on having a good relationship with the person you remember first preparing it, according to the

Eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke. Credit: © msk.nina / Fotolia Eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke, according to new research published in the October 9, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Tomatoes

The bacteria we all have in our gut may play a decisive role in personalized nutrition and the development of obesity. Credit: © aamulya / Fotolia Something as simple as a feces sample reveals whether you can lose weight by following dietary recommendations characterized by a high content of fruit, vegetables, fibers and whole grains.

Balanced diet (stock image). Credit: © bit24 / Fotolia Research with more than 135,000 people across five continents has shown that a diet which includes a moderate intake of fat and fruits and vegetables, and avoidance of high carbohydrates, is associated with lower risk of death. To be specific about moderate, the lowest risk of

The Institute of Food Research has published a new study that adds more to the growing body of evidence that certain compounds found naturally in foods have specific effects that help prevent chronic diseases. They have uncovered a mechanism by which polyphenols in green tea and apples affect a key signalling molecule, which could explain

Milking cow (stock image). Credit: © Ror / Fotolia It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. But even non-microbial molecules can have a protective effect: Immunologists from the University of Zurich have shown that a sialic acid found in farm animals is effective against inflammation of lung

A new discovery about the benefits of eating tomatoes builds on previous evidence of cancer-prevention benefits. Credit: © Serhiy Shullye / Fotolia Daily tomato consumption appeared to cut the development of skin cancer tumors by half in a mouse study at The Ohio State University. The new study of how nutritional interventions can alter the

Peeled banana. While increasing potassium intake is probably a good idea for most older women, there are some people who have too much potassium in their blood, which can be dangerous to the heart. Credit: American Heart Association Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than

Fresh fruits and vegetables. Credit: © Serghei Velusceac / Fotolia Eating potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas — and even coffee — could be key to lowering blood pressure, according to Alicia McDonough, PhD, professor of cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).

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