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News & Features

Sep 2

Lowering sugar-sweetened beverage intake by children linked to more favorable HDL-C changes

Potential health benefits identified for children of reducing SSB intake over 12 months

A study measuring blood lipid levels of a diverse sample of Boston area schoolchildren found that reducing SSB intake by at least one serving a week was associated with a greater increase in HDL-cholesterol over 12 months. Higher SSB consumption was also linked to lower fruit and vegetable intake.

Sep 1

Rethinking Weight-Loss Strategies

A study suggests that we need to watch those sources of carbs and protein

When it comes to losing weight, food combination might matter as much as individual food choices, according to new research.

The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed the dietary habits of 120,000 U.S. health professionals over 16 years. Unsurprisingly, processed and red meat protein sources and refined carbohydrates, such as hamburger meat and French fries, were associated with weight gain, while such foods as fish, nuts and whole grains were associated with moderate weight loss over time.

Aug 18

Breakfast in the Classroom

Serving the morning meal at school slightly boosts attendance

Some research has shown that children who eat breakfast make better students—they have better test scores and are more able to focus in school, for example. That has been the impetus behind the National School Breakfast Program. A new Tufts study looked at whether one version of that program, Breakfast in the Classroom, was making a difference in academic performance.

Aug 7

Ever Wonder: Why Do We Have Cravings?

Tufts nutrition researcher Susan Roberts says avoiding high-calorie foods has nothing to do with willpower

The Tufts video series Ever Wonder features faculty and other experts answering questions about which we all have wondered—everything from why people laugh to why cats purr.

You can view the entire series at, and submit your own questions there, too.

Steffan Hacker can be reached at

Recent News Releases

Jun 23

Dietary Guidelines for Americans Shouldn’t Place Limits on Total Fat

BOSTON (June 23, 2015, 11 am ET)─  In a Viewpoint published today in the Journal of the Medical Association (JAMA), researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University and Boston Children’s Hospital call on the federal government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Aug 13

Mediterranean Diet Counteracts a Genetic Risk of Stroke, Study Reports

BOSTON (August 13, 2013, 10 am EDT) -- A gene variant strongly associated with development of type 2 diabetes appears to interact with a Mediterranean diet pattern to prevent stroke, report researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and from the CIBER Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutriciόn in Spain.

Jun 26

New Data Support Community-Wide Approach to Addressing Child Obesity

BOSTON (June 26, 2013)— Community wide interventions hold promise as an effective approach to reducing childhood obesity rates according to new research from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine.  An analysis of data from the first two school years (20 calendar months) of the Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard™ intervention showed that schoolchildren in Somerville, Massachusetts gained less weight and were less likely to be obese or overweight than schoolchildren in two similar control communit