nutrition

Dear Doctors: Do I really need to take a multivitamin? My sisters are convinced that you can’t get all of the nutrients that you need without one, but it seems to me that as long you’re eating right, you’re covered. Dr. Elizabeth Ko and Dr. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 10, 2018
Dear Doctor: I love ham sandwiches – and have one almost every day. I also have asthma, and just read that processed meats can increase the risk of asthma. How can this be? Meats have been cured – that is preserved [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 30, 2018
Plant-based diets are associated with numerous health benefits, but it's not so easy for meat eaters to suddenly drop foods they're used to eating daily. Certain foods can help ease that transition, says UCLA senior dietitian Dana Hunnes, [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • July 18, 2018
Dear Doctor: I was informed several years ago that carbonated drinks weaken bones, leaching the calcium from them. Is this true? What would be considered an acceptable amount for a teenager or woman past menopause?  Would carbonated spring water be better? [...]
By Ask the Doctors • July 12, 2018
Dear Doctors: I’ve been reading that choosing foods that are low on the glycemic index is better for your health. What is the glycemic index and why should I pay attention to it? The
By Ask the Doctors • June 21, 2018
Infertility is often characterized as a woman’s issue, but male infertility accounts for an estimated 40% of fertility problems in couples who have difficulty conceiving. And when it comes to a man’s fertility, a number of common factors can be at play, says UCLA urologist
By Ryan Hatoum • June 14, 2018
Dear Doctors: I've been taking fish oil capsules daily over the last 5 years.  Is there any benefit in doing this? Small studies have shown that fish oil may be linked to a slight reduction in the formation of plaque in [...]
By Ask the Doctors • May 16, 2018
Juice cleanses claim to help you lose weight fast, so it's no wonder they've become so popular with summer vacationers and others who want to slim down for a special event coming soon. But the cold-pressed truth, says a UCLA dietitian, is [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • April 24, 2018
Many of us know swapping out protein sources like red meat for fish can be beneficial to our health. But when choosing between farm-raised and wild-caught fish, some may wonder: Are all fish created equal? To find out more about how [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • March 29, 2018
Vegetables, fruits and nuts are loaded with nutrition and vitamins. Because they are raw, none of the vitamins get lost during cooking. But are there raw foods we should avoid? The main concern with eating raw (uncooked or unpasteurized) foods is food poisoning. Pasteurization is a process that [...]
By uclahealth • March 12, 2018