Good to the last drop

New research suggests drinking coffee might actually be good for you

Coffee drinkers, rejoice!

The heavenly brew, once deemed harmful to health, is turning out to be, if not quite a health food, at least a low-risk drink, and in many ways a beneficial one. It could protect against diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

Comparing apples to organic apples

We’d like to think pesticide-free food is better for us, but scientific proof remains elusive.

With the recession breathing down our necks, you may be looking for ways to cut the household budget without seriously compromising family well-being. So here’s a suggestion: If you buy organic fruits and veggies, consider going for the less pricey nonorganic produce instead.

Environmental cues affect how much you eat

Next time you sit down to dinner, dim the lights – but not too much. Both bright light and dim light may make you eat more. Watch the background music, too. If it’s too fast, you’ll eat fast, and therefore more; too slow and you’ll keep eating. And think small for plates – a portion that looks skimpy on a dinner plate looks ample on a salad plate.

Weight-loss surgery increasingly seen as treatment for diabetes

Elizabeth Soto used to say no when her husband suggested they go dancing. “I didn’t want to go,” she said. “I felt tired and ugly.” She also was carrying 314 pounds on her 5-foot-7-inch frame and had diabetes.

Book on fertility and diet stirs buzz, skepticism

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have created a buzz with their new – and controversial – book, “The Fertility Diet.”

Let the post-diet era begin

Is permanent, significant weight loss really possible?

If you’re talking merely10 to 20 pounds — and nobody knows the actual figure — you probably can diet and exercise your way to a svelter self and stay there, provided you stick with your weight control program rigorously. Forever.

The fading allure of vitamins

My love affair with vitamins and supplements is over: With a few exceptions — stay tuned — I’m tossing them out.

For The Facts on ‘Natural’ Remedies, Go Online

We Americans now spend an estimated $20 billion a year on dietary supplements and so-called “natural” remedies, many of us blissfully — even willfully — ignorant of the actual medicinal value, or utter lack thereof, in of these products.

So, the Low-Fat Diet is Kaput, Now What?

Last week, researchers conducting a long-awaited study on the effectiveness of low-fat diets dropped a bombshell: Eating a low-fat diet does not appear to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or cardiovascular disease.

Does Eating Soy Make you Healthier, or Not?

Health food advocates have long claimed that soy, he little legume found in everything from tofu burgers to smoothies, can protect against heart disease, ward off   cancer and combat hot flashes.

But those claims are coming under scrutiny, now that a soy food manufacturer, the Solae Co. of St. Louis, Mo., is seeking government approval to tout on its labels soy’s supposed cancer-fighting abilities.