Here’s What You Need to Know About the Glycemic Index

Unless you have diabetes or peruse nutrition literature for fun, you probably wouldn’t be able to explain exactly what the sciencey-sounding term “glycemic index” means. But chances are, you’ve heard the phrase and maybe even seen it on food labels, and wondered if it was something worth paying attention to. “Traditionally, the glycemic index has […]

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Can Our Bodies Even Tell the Difference Between Naturally Occurring and Added Sugars?

If you regularly read nutrition labels—or, ya know, half-heartedly skim them on occasion just for the hell of it—you may have noticed a couple new lines appearing on more and more products. Food manufacturers are now listing “Total Sugars” and “Added Sugars” in the Nutrition Facts (under “Total Carbohydrate”), thanks to a new Food and […]

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Here’s What Actually Happens in Your Body When You Eat Protein

While carbs and fat get alternately praised and punished, protein is basically the golden child among the macronutrients. That’s totally unfair to carbs and fat, first of all, but protein certainly does enough to earn its reliably good reputation. We know protein is a great thing to have, but why exactly do we need it, […]

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Here’s What Actually Happens In Your Body When You Eat Fat

Of the three macronutrients—carbohydrates, fat, and protein—none has been alternately diabolized and worshipped quite like fat has. Once public enemy number one back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, today it’s at the crux of the popular keto diet. In both scenarios, though, the surprisingly massive and complex role fat plays in our bodies is not […]

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7 Great Gluten-Free Breads, According to Someone Who Has Tried Them All

For the first few years I lived in New York, my go-to breakfast was a piece of springy Tuscan bread from the bakery below my apartment. I rotated toppings—sometimes pesto and an egg over easy, sometimes avocado and red pepper flakes, sometimes almond butter and little slices of strawberry. I loved the chewy crust of […]

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Refined Carbs—What Exactly Are They?

The phrase “refined carbs” pops up in a lot of conversations about food and nutrition, generally in a negative way. You may have been advised to stay far away from them—by your doctor, a friend, the internet—but you’re still a little fuzzy on what they are, actually. What technically makes something a refined carb? And […]

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What’s the Difference Between Soluble and Insoluble Fiber?

If you know one thing about fiber, it’s probably the fact that it can really help get things moving down there. But as glorious as fiber’s poop-promoting powers may be—and, make no mistake, that function is indeed essential—there’s actually a lot more to appreciate about the stuff. For starters, there are actually two different kinds […]

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4 Nutrition Questions Registered Dietitians Hear All the Time—Answered

At parties, I don’t usually talk about what I do for a living. I’ve quickly realized that a lot of people want to discuss food as soon as they hear I’m a registered dietitian. I tend to get waylaid by advice-seekers, like those who want my thoughts on what they ate for breakfast that day. […]

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5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan

With each passing day that brings us closer to Ramadan, I become more excited to mark this holy celebration with my family. The annual month of fasting from dawn to dusk, engaging in spiritual worship, and helping the less fortunate is a way for me to re-center my spirituality and grow closer with my husband […]

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PCOS and Diet: Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?

Figuring out how to manage polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can feel like a maddening game of throwing darts while blindfolded. And maybe while using your non-dominant hand, too. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that can prompt a wide range of symptoms including irregular periods, excess facial hair, scalp hair loss, and acne, all of which […]

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Is Sparkling Water Bad for You in Some Way?

Wait. Hold on. Could the rumors be true? Is sparkling water bad for you in some way? Given its recent explosion in popularity, the backlash against sparkling water was inevitable. “It ruins your teeth. It wrecks your digestion. It’s bad for your bones,” according to the Internet and people airing their unsolicited opinions. But, OK, […]

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Surprise: Celery Juice Will Not Cure All of Your Health Issues

If you’ve been anywhere near Instagram lately, then you’ve seen the many glasses of glowing green #celeryjuice—and the equally glowing claims about the drink’s purported myriad health benefits. Kim Kardashian reportedly sips it for her psoriasis, while Jenna Dewan posted that she’s hoping to get some anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, gut health-enhancing benefits from the concoction. It’s […]

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