Healthy Diet

Myth: In order to be fit you have to eat a specific way. Fact: There is no such thing as “the right way to eat”. Your body responds to the foods you eat in different ways and the best way to address your health is to learn what foods are healthy for you.

You probably already know that good eating habits is the key to good health, and that eating whole foods, fruits, vegetables and drinking plenty of water helps you to maintain a healthy diet. You can simply choose the healthy foods that you know work best for you and make them a staple in your diet. In the end, eating healthy should be fun and something that can be maintained throughout your life.

- Even though its reputation is much improved since the low-fat diet craze of the ‘80s and ‘90s, dietary fat  still seems to be digging itself out of its reputation as being “bad.” There is still a lot of fear around fat and confusion about  whether low-fat foods are best (Spoiler alert: often they are not). To understand why we need fat, it’s important to understand the role it plays in the body and the effect different types of dietary fat have on the body. WHY WE NEED FAT Fat serves as a backup energy source when carbohydrates aren’t readily available. It helps prevent  blood ... [Read More]

- Diet is an important factor—actually the most important factor in preventing heart disease. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology , adding omega-3 fatty acids to the diet can be especially heart-healthy.  The research found a combination of foods rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) omega-3s and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3s lowered the risk of death for up to three years in heart attack patients.  What did the research find? The study looked at 944 adults who were 61 years old on average. While in the hospital, each participant had ... [Read More]

- Plus, simple ways to pump up breakfast, lunch and dinner Are you getting enough iron daily? The chances are that most of us probably aren’t. Our bodies need iron to grow and develop. Iron can also help prevent anemia and protect your body from infection. If you haven’t been chowing down on iron-rich foods, we’re going to give you some easy ways to incorporate this nutritional powerhouse into your diet.  Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy Why you ... [Read More]

- As many as 40 million American adults — or 18% of the population — live with an anxiety disorder . And during the pandemic, those numbers may be even higher; according to the American Psychological Association’s recent Stress in America report , nearly 1 in 5 adults say their mental health is worse than this time last year. While there’s no cure for anxiety, there are a number of ways to manage it, including therapy , and lifestyle changes like getting better sleep, exercising and improving your diet. The connection between anxiety and what we eat is not yet fully understood , and ... [Read More]


- Nutritionists share their best and worst list from TODAY's sugary showdown, the Bracketween challenge. Over the past week, some of the top Halloween candies have been duking it out in TODAY's Bracketween challenge. This sugary showdown has produced a lot of debate among the TODAY co-hosts and readers alike, and after starting with 16 popular candies, Snickers was crowned the winner today! As Halloween creeps even closer, we're all ready to enjoy some sweet treats, and TODAY Food was curious to know: How do the candies on our Bracketween list compare in terms of nutritional value? We tapped ... [Read More]


- An apple a day keeps the doctor away: It’s a “mom” saying, but scientifically speaking, there’s some truth to it. While eating apples may not reduce the number of times you visit the doctor, it is associated with taking fewer prescription medications, according to a study published in May 2015 in JAMA Internal Medicine . ( 1 ) “Apples are healthful foods that you should include in your diet more often,” says Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN , who is based in Duarte, California. “They have important nutrients linked with disease protection, are portable, and have their own natural food ... [Read More]

- Ever notice when you order an omelette for breakfast or brunch, the chef will garnish it with a single sliced orange? Well, turns out that orange is there for more than just presentation. It can actually boost the iron content of the entire meal. About 2.8 million people visit the doctor each year with concerns about anemia , the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports. While symptoms of anemia are often confused with less-concerning issues, like sleepiness, dizziness, cold hands and feet, etc.—iron deficiencies can be serious when left unmanaged. While introducing iron-rich foods to the ... [Read More]

- 6 Reasons You Should Be Eating Clean Food : Have you heard of clean eating? It’s a way of eating that involves consuming whole foods with little to no processing. boosting your immune system . As a bonus, eating clean can help you lose weight or maintain your weight loss. While clean eating may seem time-consuming and complicated, the benefits outweigh the effort. If you are considering eating clean but aren’t sure it’s right for you, here are several reasons you should follow a clean diet, starting today. You Will Enjoy Delicious Food One of the best reasons to eat clean is you will ... [Read More]

- This seed is small, but it's packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Here are the health benefits and risks of flaxseeds you should know, plus how to add them to your diet. Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links. A superseed Packed with vitamins and nutrients, flaxseeds are a nutritional powerhouse with many benefits. They have been linked to helping with digestive issues and weight loss , as well as possibly reducing the risk of heart disease , cancer , and type 2 diabetes in ... [Read More]

- What keeps us up at night, especially in recent months? Worrying about how to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy and safe. And with cold and flu season upon us, our concern isn’t going anywhere soon. But the good news is, you can look to the kitchen to be proactive and find simple ways to prepare your body to fight off illness with proper nutrition and a well-balanced diet. Thankfully, these seven grocery store finds can help to support your hard-working immune system, while satisfying a few cravings in the process. 1. Chia Seeds Don’t underestimate these tiny guys; they pack a ... [Read More]


- Whipping up muffins from scratch can help you sidestep added sugar typically packed into store-bought varieties and ramp up the nutritional value of this go-to baked good. You can add fruit, veggies, heart-healthy fat sources, and plant-based protein to your muffins to increase their nutrition. Muffins can make for a great portable breakfast, a quick sweet-tooth satisfier, and the perfect sidekick for your morning coffee. Trouble is, they’re not usually the healthiest meal or snack option. “A lot of store-bought muffins are like glorified cupcakes — they can be packed with added sugar ... [Read More]

- Chocolate is a delicious treat containing some health benefits like antioxidants and micronutrients . Still, due to its  high sugar content , we don’t often eat chocolate for the nutritional benefits, but rather as a “necessary indulgence” and  enjoyable part of a well-balanced diet . That said, there may be certain chocolate candies that are more filling and nutrient-dense than others. Here’s how two of the most popular choices — Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — compare to one another: NUTRITION SNICKERS The popular candy is marketed as one that promotes ... [Read More]