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Palm Oil’s Environmental Impact: Can It Be Grown Sustainably?

Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil made from the fruit of the Elaeis Guineensis tree, a palm tree native to parts of Africa. There’s a good chance that you’ve eaten palm oil or used products made with it. It’s used for cooking and as an ingredient in foods like crackers, butter substitutes, and […]

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Can You Follow an Eco-Friendly Diet and Still Eat Meat?

If you’re concerned about the environment, you may wonder whether to continue eating meat. Food production has environmental impacts because it uses water and land. Therefore, eating foods that are made with fewer resources (and don’t significantly contribute to greenhouse gas emissions) is often said to be better for the planet. Plant foods are generally […]

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How to Start Composting at Home

Composting is a process by which organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, decomposes into soil. It’s a great way to recycle scraps from your yard and kitchen while also enriching the soil in your garden, improving water retention, and protecting against erosion. Although it may sound complicated, composting is very simple and makes […]

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5 Types of Eco-Friendly Food Packaging (and 3 to Avoid)

Approximately 60% of all plastics produced worldwide are used for food packaging (1). That means that of the 380 million metric tons of plastics produced in 2015, 228 million metric tons were food packaging alone (1, 2). Due to the environmental and human health effects of nondegradable plastic packaging, many people are fighting to drastically […]

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Cultural Competence in Nutrition and Dietetics: What We Need to Know

Culture refers to the ideas, customs, and behaviors of a group of people or a society (1). It influences just about everything you do — the way you speak, the foods you eat, what you consider to be right or wrong, your religious and spiritual practices, and even your perspective of wellness, healing, and healthcare […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

A dietitian is a board-certified food and nutrition expert who may provide medical nutrition therapy and counseling. Some dietitians refer to themselves as nutritionists. But, nutritionist isn’t a regulated term in every state. You may be wondering what defines true expertise in nutrition. Perhaps you have heard the terms “nutritionist” and “dietitian” and are confused […]

Welcome to Healthline Nutrition: A Letter from the Editor

Evenings at my house are chaotic. My partner and I have two-year-old twins, and that gap between preschool pickup and bedtime can be the toughest part of the day. We both have busy jobs and are always doing too many things at once — cooking, trying to remember if anyone fed the dog, and diplomat-level […]

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How to Build a Balanced Caribbean Meal

Building Caribbean meals involves using the Caribbean food groups — staples, legumes, animal foods, and vegetables — to build tasty, nutritionally balanced meals. The Caribbean is a diverse region whose ethnic groups have distinctive traditional food practices. These practices are often honored through religious and cultural festivities, as well as a strong sense of heritage. […]

Reflecting on the Intersection of Veganism and Blackness During Black History Month

Share on Pinterest Between wrapping up Veganuary and celebrating Black History Month, I’ve reflected on my nearly 3-year anniversary of being vegan and how it has intersected with Black culture. Because I grew up in a Jamaican-Trini household, meat-centric dishes were the norm for the entirety of my life prior to moving out. One of […]

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How to Follow a Vestibular Migraine Diet

This article explains how diet may affect vestibular migraine and provides a guide for dietary changes to help reduce symptoms. Vestibular migraine is a type of migraine condition with vertigo as a main symptom. People who experience vertigo feel that they’re moving when they aren’t, or that their surroundings are moving around them when they […]

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Foods and Beverages to Avoid with Arthritis

Some foods and drinks may increase the risk of arthritis or make symptoms worse, for instance, highly processed foods and sweetened drinks. If you have arthritis, making the right dietary choices can not only help manage your symptoms but also reduce the risk of complications, help boost your overall well-being, and improve your quality of […]

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18 of the Best Non-Perishables for People with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you may be concerned about eating well while keeping physical distance, also known as social distancing, or self-quarantining. Keeping non-perishable foods on hand can be a great way to minimize your trips to the store and ensure that you have all the ingredients you need to make nutritious meals. Notably, numerous […]

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Hashimoto Diet: Overview, Foods, Supplements, and Tips

Certain eating plans, including the Autoimmune Protocol diet and a grain or gluten-free diet, may help reduce inflammation that may contribute to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis — sometimes referred to as Hashimoto’s disease or Hashimoto’s — is one of the most common thyroid disorders in the United States and other developed countries (1). Even when […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Eat: A Full List

Studies suggest that some foods can help decrease chronic inflammation. These include olive oil, certain berries, fruit, vegetables, spices, and fish. Inflammation can be both good and bad. On the one hand, it helps your body defend itself from infection and injury. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can lead to disease (1, 2). Stress, […]

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The 17 Best Foods for High Blood Pressure

Following a heart-healthy diet may help lower your blood pressure. Eating foods with nutrients like potassium and magnesium may be especially helpful. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common preventable risk factor for heart disease (1). Over 1 billion people around the world have high blood pressure. It is defined as systolic blood […]

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5 Best Personalized Vitamin Subscription Services for 2024, According to Dietitians

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13 Best Fish Oil Supplements in 2024, According to Dietitians

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Can Vitamin D Lower Your Risk of COVID-19?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a number of critical roles in your body. This nutrient is especially important for immune system health, leaving many people wondering whether supplementing with vitamin D may help reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. While antivirals like Paxlovid show promise as a […]

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8 Best Vitamin D Supplements of 2024

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The 15 Best Supplements to Boost Your Immune System Right Now

Deficiencies in certain vitamins, including vitamin C, zinc, and others, may weaken your immune system. Taking supplements of these vitamins may help support immune system function. An important note No supplement will cure or prevent disease. With the 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important to understand that no supplement, diet, or other lifestyle modification other […]

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Omega-3 Supplement Guide: What to Buy and Why

If you’re not getting enough omega-3s in your diet from foods like fatty fish, you may want to take an omega-3 supplement. Omega-3 supplements come in many different forms, from regular fish oil to mammalian oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for your health. Eating whole foods that are rich in omega-3s, like fatty […]

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How Long Does It Take to Lose Weight?

Factors like age, gender, and your starting point can affect how long it takes you to lose weight. The timeframe can also depend on how many calories you take in relative to how many you spend. Whether you want to lose weight for a special occasion or simply improve your health, weight loss is a […]

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Is BMI a Fair Health Metric for Black Women?

Body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of body fat. It’s calculated using a statistical ratio of weight to height and applied based on your sex assigned at birth (1, 2). Developed over a century ago by Adolphe Quetelet, BMI has been an important measurement to characterize obesity at the public health level (3). More […]

How to Be an Ethical Omnivore

Food production creates an inevitable strain on the environment. Your daily food choices can greatly affect the overall sustainability of your diet. Though vegetarian and vegan diets tend to be more environmentally friendly, not everyone wants to give up eating meat altogether. This article covers some of the major effects of food production on the […]

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Vegan Teen Chef Tabay Atkins on Healthy, Heart-Based Eating

Share on PinterestPhoto courtesy of Tabay Atkins If you’re ever hungry and find yourself in Orange County, California, you might want to make your way to 17-year-old Tabay Atkin’s gas station food truck. It may look like your typical roadside eatery from the outside, but there’s a lot more going on at Tabay’s Mindful Kitchen […]

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