From the December 2016 Issue

4 Cancer Myths Busted

About a third of America’s most common cancers can be prevented through healthy eating, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. But the wide range of cancer myths can make it hard to figure out what those healthy eating choices involve. EN addresses top cancer questions.


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Hail Hazelnuts!

Filberts and hazelnuts (also known as cobnuts and hazels) are different names for the same tree and its small, sphere-shaped nut. The English named it hazelnut, and then French settlers came to call it filbert because the nuts would begin to ripen around August 22, St. Philibert Day. Over the centuries, hazelnuts have been revered.

The Lowdown on Glycemic Index

The Nutrition Facts label lists the grams of carbohydrate in foods. However, that doesn’t really tell you how these carbs might affect your blood sugar (glucose) levels. A better gauge of this is the glycemic index (GI). It was introduced about 35 years ago, and scientific support for GI continues to grow.

Healthier Soup’s on the Menu

There’s nothing as comforting as a warm bowl of soup on a blustery day, especially when you dine out. But while warming up with a steaming bowl of soup, it’s important to consider how good it is for your body, too. Restaurant soups are notoriously high in sodium—and, in fact, you’ll find some options on our chart (not recommended!) that contain more than four days worth!

5 Natural Ways to Fight Constipation

Americans spend nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars a year trying to deal with constipation. It’s a side effect of certain drugs, a complication of some medical conditions, and a common complaint of aging, but constipation can also be caused by dehydration, a low-fiber diet and/or a sedentary lifestyle. Here’s what you can do to keep things moving naturally.

Plant Defense Against Diabetes

As if you need another reason to fill your plate with more plants! But new research suggests that diets rich in polyphenols, a large class of compounds found in foods of plant origin, may fend off type 2 diabetes, and help those who already have diabetes better manage their blood sugar.

4 Cancer Myths Busted

About a third of America’s most common cancers can be prevented through healthy eating, regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. But the wide range of cancer myths can make it hard to figure out what those healthy eating choices involve. EN addresses top cancer questions.

Lean Goat Meat; Fresh Green Chickpeas

Americans have been slower to discover what about 75 percent of the world already knows: Goat meat is lean, delicious, and healthy. Mature chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are legumes most commonly found in canned or dried form. Green—essentially fresh, young—chickpeas are relatively new in the U.S.

Lycopene Power

When you stroll through the produce aisle, all of those marvelous hues that fruits and vegetables bring forth are courtesy of naturally occurring plant chemicals. One example is lycopene, a carotenoid pigment that lends certain plant foods their rosy coloring. Modern science shows it does a body good.

Looking Toward Food Trends in 2017

As the New Year approaches, what are the “hot” food and nutrition trends coming your way? Here are a few of our top predictions.

Western Diet May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s

The most important risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are connected to diet, research shows.

Calcium Supplements; Pomegranates; Mediterranean Diet

Calcium intake is not linked to heart attack or risk of cardiovascular disease-related events, research shows. Pomegranate juice could have significant benefits in people with osteoarthritis, says a study by Iranian scientists. Following a Mediterranean diet with no restriction on fat intake may reduce risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, according to a review of 56 studies.

Environmental Nutrition 2016 Index

Caffeinated Beverage on Overdrive (Jan, 4) Carbonated Water Safety (June, 2) Healthful Beverage Choice Alternatives (July, 1) Probiotic Beverages Reviewed (June, 1) Teatoxing Myths Busted (July, 2)

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Diets heavy on red meat, refined grains, and sweets are linked with greater risk of cancer. However, vegetarian diets are simply one way of creating eating habits that focus on whole plant foods. Plant-rich eating that allows fish, poultry, meat, and dairy foods a smaller portion of the plate—as seen in the Mediterranean and Asian diets—is also linked with lower cancer risk.

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