1. Study: Eating potassium-rich food lowers stroke risk in older women
Potassium has long been an important nutrient because it lessens the negative effects of salt and can help prevent high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Now, new research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York confirms that women who eat the recommended amount of potassium daily (4,700 mg) have a lower overall risk of stroke. Read on.
2. The quest for affordable produce in Boston
The lack of healthy food options in Boston neighborhoods has been a concern for years, but local groups are working hard to provide fresher options in Roxbury's Dudley Square and Dorchester's Bowdoin-Geneva. Read on.
3. Don't ignore fat in your diet
Once, fat was the enemy, but nutrition wisdom is changing. Researchers and academics now point to well-documented scientific research that shows why butter, cheese, and other fat sources belong in a healthy diet. Esther Cepeda of Ashbury Park Press provides a bird's-eye view of the past and present of the "fat war." Read on.
4. Projecting the future of the food industry
Steve Denning of Forbes details how millennials and the Internet are revolutionizing the food industry. "They want it to be authentic, they want to know how it was produced, and they want it to be a shared experience," he writes. Read on.
5. It takes 12,000 steps a day to counter the effects of soda
Two new studies have been conducted to examine the effects of a fructose-rich diet on the body. The results? If you want to avoid the negative side effects of 75 grams of fructose a day (what the average American consumes; also equal to two cans of soda), keep walking. A lot. Read on.
Illustration: Katie Eberts