A large-scale international study uses metagenomics and blood analysis to uncover gut microbes associated with the risks for common illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~5 min
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Professor Emily Balskus and her team have identified an entirely new class of enzymes that degrade chemicals essential for neurological health, but also help digest foods like nuts, berries, and tea, releasing nutrients that may impact human health.
Feb. 18, 2020 • ~6 min
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Red meat recommendations and meat from plants: Chan School Nutrition Department head Frank Hu talks about recent developments in diet.
Nov. 8, 2019 • ~13 min
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Researchers applied new techniques to old samples from a 2005 dietary study to show that a focus on eating healthy rather than obsessing over a single nutrient can improve heart health.
Sept. 18, 2019 • ~6 min
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A panel of experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discussed how the globe might feed an estimated human population of 10 billion by midcentury and suggested a diet high in plant foods, low in red meat, as well as a host of reforms to how food is produced and distributed today.
March 22, 2019 • ~9 min
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Medical School professor and VITAL lead researcher JoAnn Manson details results from a large probe of vitamin D and omega-3 as possible disease fighters.
Nov. 27, 2018 • ~9 min
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Nutrition researchers with widely varying views on dietary guidelines for fats and carbohydrates offered a model for transcending the diet wars, with both sides agreeing on overall diet quality.
Nov. 15, 2018 • ~3 min
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