Adding foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are eating a nutrient-dense variety of foods, nutrition experts say.
Creating a diet that emphasizes the nutrient density of food over calorie content may be healthier and lead to lower caloric intake overall, said registered dietitian nutritionist Carrie Dennett. Some of the most nutrient-dense foods include nonstarchy vegetables, fruits and legumes, but nutrient density also can vary within a food group, such as with whole grains vs. refined grains and lean meat vs. fatty meats, Dennett said.
Chefs are transforming salads from a starter dish to a nutrient-dense entree by using a base of filling grains or legumes, topped with roasted vegetables and a healthy serving of toasted nuts. These types of filling, flavorful salads are replacing typical meat-and-potatoes dishes as more consumers seek out healthful meals that go easy on animal proteins.
Here are a few tips to help reduce your risk of colon cancer: get regular screenings, watch your weight and exercise daily, limit your intake of red and processed meats, and be sure to get enough fiber, folic acid, vitamin D and calcium in your diet.
A small study shows statins may improve liver function in patients with chronic hepatitis C, in contrast to the widely held belief that the drugs can be toxic to the liver. One expert said the preliminary findings contribute to "accumulating data that suggest that statins do not damage the liver so that patients with liver disease should not be denied the benefits of these drugs."
Adding foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are eating a nutrient-dense variety of foods, nutrition experts say.