Nutrition Blog

5 Health Benefits of Blackberries (Including the Frozen Kind)


Here are a few excellent reasons to enjoy the berries all year round.

Is the Ketotarian Diet Better Than Classic Keto? A Nutritionist Answers


Here's what an RD really thinks about the plant-based approach to the ketogenic diet.

Is Celery Juice Actually Healthy? Here's What a Nutritionist Thinks


Know before you sip.

5 Superfood Carbs You're Probably Missing on the Keto Diet


Following the low-carb diet often means cutting out high-quality carbs like whole grains and fruit.

9 Ways to Quit Sugar for Good


Easy tips to help you cut sugar out of your diet forever.

Exactly How Much Fiber You Should Be Eating Every Day, According to Science


A new study reveals the exact amount of fiber people should eat every day, plus the health benefits associated with a high-fiber diet.

4 Tips for Doing a Whole Food Cleanse


If you’re looking to “cleanse” for more than 5 to 7 days, here are my four rules of thumb for meeting your nutrient needs, and being able to stick with it.

Here's Why You Really Don't Need to Do a Juice Cleanse This Month—or Ever


Pro tip: Ditch the juice cleanse and follow this whole foods plan instead for a diet reset.

Planning a Detox or Juice Cleanse? 5 Dos and Don’ts


Detoxes and cleanses have become so mainstream, you may feel like you’re doing something wrong if you haven’t tried at least one. But the truth is detoxes and cleanses aren’t right for everyone, and they can even backfire.

Keto vs. Mediterranean: Which Diet Is Really Better for You?


Before you load up on butter and bacon, find out how the popular high-fat, low-carb keto diet stacks up against the plant-forward Mediterranean diet.

A Cleanse That's Good for You


Unlike no-eating cleanses that leave you hungry, our healthy detox helps without starvation.

There's a New Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookie—but Is It Really Any Healthier?


The Caramel Chocolate Chip flavor is made with oat flour, but it still contains plenty of fat and sugar, says our nutritionist.

Can Pickle Juice Really Cure a Hangover?


Here's what you need to know before swigging brine from the jar in your fridge.

The Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before a Night of Drinking


What you eat now can make all the difference in how you feel later.

How I Detoxed Using a 9-Day Cleanse


My fiancé and I decided to take “eating” matters into our own hands.

Steal This Dish: Intense Hot Chocolate




Want to serve your sweetie something rich and chocolatey for Valentine’s Day? Try this Intense Hot Chocolate recipe from Chocolat by Stéphan Lagorce (Octopus Books, 2008; $21.99).

Grate 4 ounces 70% dark chocolate; set aside. Heat 2 cups low-fat milk, 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, and 2½ tablespoons superfine sugar in a pan. Remove from heat. Add grated chocolate and whisk quickly for at least 2 minutes. When mixture is frothy, pour into 4 large cups and sprinkle with a little cocoa, if desired; serve immediately.



Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD, is Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.


The Difference Between Pre- and Probiotics


You know these "good" types of bacteria help with digestion. Now, discover delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.

DIY Energy Bars


Can’t find the perfect-tasting energy bar? Create your own. Choose your favorite ingredients from organic nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, chocolate chips, and more. We love that you get to see your bar’s nutritional content as you go. For $40 you get a dozen bars with personalized labels.

Try Health’s signature bar!
Almond butter + organic dates + whey protein + cashews + organic honey + cocoa + organic apricots + organic coconut + organic cherries + organic flaxseeds + multivitamin infusion = a protein- and fiber-packed bar with more than 30% of your daily calcium—all for less than 200 calories!


Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD, is Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.





Nutrition Q and A: How to Battle Bloating


Expert nutrition advice about how to deal with bloating.

Editor's Pick: Portable Peanut Butter


I’m a peanut- and almond-butter freak. Both are great on apples and English muffins, but they haven’t been so portable—until now. Justin’s Nut Butter got the smart idea to put nut butters in 100-calorie packets. They come in great flavors and are perfect for hikes, car trips, and flights.


Frances A. Largeman-Roth, RD, is Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor.


The Best Foods for Every Vitamin and Mineral


Want to get your nutrients the natural way? We break down the best food sources for 20 of the most important.

The Key to Eating in Moderation: Know When Enough Is Enough


By Tina Haupert

Two weekends ago, my friends Monica and Chandra visited me for a few days in Boston. Our big plan for the weekend was to run a 10-mile road race together. The rest of the weekend was up in the air, free for us to choose what we wished. We spent Friday wandering around Harvard Square and all day Saturday exploring downtown Boston. We must have walked for five hours straight! On Sunday, we ran the race and all crossed the finish line with smiles on our faces. It felt great to run with friends and accomplish such a big goal together.

After the race, the three of us were starving for lunch. Our hunger hit us hard, so we quickly showered and headed to a nearby restaurant. I perused the menu for something healthy and nutritious, but also satisfying. I mean, I just ran a 10-mile race! I felt like I could eat everything in sight, but I also didn't want to overdo it. I considered ordering a spinach salad, but I wasn't sure if just a bunch of vegetables would fill me up. Eventually, I decided on a mushroom-and-goat-cheese flatbread pizza, which was exactly what I wanted.


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When my meal arrived, it was a huge portion—much bigger than I expected. It could have easily fed two people. I was so hungry, I probably could have eaten the whole thing, but I knew eating 10 slices of pizza wouldn't help me lose my marathon weight. So, I started into the pizza, ate slowly, drank plenty of water, and chatted with my friends. Before I knew it, I had finished my fourth piece and considered reaching for a fifth one. My stomach felt full, but my friends were still munching away on their lunches.

After debating for a few seconds, I decided that I ate enough. I felt satisfied, and I didn't need to continue to eat if I wasn't hungry. I'm sure my friends didn't even notice that I finished before them.

For me, knowing when to stop eating was key to finding my Feel Great Weight and maintaining it, especially when dining out at restaurants (but also at home too). I love food and I love to eat, so if I don't pay attention to portion sizes and my body's cues, I'll keep eating and eating until the food is gone. Eating slowly helps me pace myself with regard to how much I consume and focusing on my body's signals. It's much easier for me to stop eating when my brain has time to catch up with my body.

Knowing when to stop allows me to pretty much eat whatever I want; it's a foolproof system for eating in moderation. If I want buffalo chicken nachos for dinner I will have them, but I will stop once I've eaten enough. It's not always easy, especially when faced with my favorite foods, but having this idea in mind helps me pay attention to how much I eat so I don't overdo it.