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How to Understand Menu Language for Healthy Dining

Dieters must know how to translate menu descriptions to yield clues to the fat and calorie contents of a dish. Restaurant portion sizes have more to do with controlling operation expenses than with balancing [more…]

How to Determine Reliability of Nutritional Studies

Getting reliable information about diet and nutrition can be a challenge. Most of your diet and nutrition information is likely to come from nutritional studies discussed on TV and radio talk shows or [more…]

Mineral Sources and Serving Sizes for a Healthy Diet

This table is a handy guide to dietary sources of minerals and trace elements your body needs. Because a healthful, varied diet provides sufficient quantities of these nutrients, there are no entries for [more…]

Threonine: An Amino Acid Muscle Relaxer

Threonine is an essential amino acid. To obtain this nutrient in your diet, eat flesh foods, dairy foods, and eggs. You can also find moderate levels in wheat germ and many nuts, beans, and seeds, as well [more…]

Nurture Your Children's Positive Body Image for Healthy Outlook

Children pick up behaviors by watching grown-ups. If you show your children nutritious eating habits, they’re more likely to follow your example. If you’re constantly dieting and criticizing your body, [more…]

When to Use Dietary Supplements for Optimum Health

Many people consider vitamin and mineral supplements an easy way to get nutrients. Others take supplements as nutritional insurance. And some even use supplements as substitutes for medical drugs. [more…]

Dairy Products for a Healthy Diet

One of the first foods to be cut from many dieters’ shopping lists and menus is dairy. What a shame! Dairy foods are rich in essential nutrients. Most people, women in particular, need to increase their [more…]

How Your Body Creates Energy from Dietary Fat

Your body creates energy from the fats you include in your diet. Although dietary fat has more energy (calories) per gram than proteins and carbohydrates do, your body has a more difficult time pulling [more…]

How a Healthy Diet Helps You Live Well

A healthful diet gives you the nutrients you need to keep your body in top-flight condition. Nutritionists even claim that you can use some foods to prevent, alleviate, or cure what ails you. [more…]

How Glutamic Acid and Proline Figure In to Your Good Health

Dietary sources of glutamic acid — a nonessential amino acid — are animal and vegetable proteins. This nutrient is found in high concentrations in the human brain. [more…]

Diets That May Reduce Cancer Risks

Is there really an anticancer diet? Right now, the answer seems to be a definite maybe. The problem is that cancer isn’t one disease; it’s many. Some nutrients seem to protect against some specific cancers [more…]

How to Keep Food Safe to Eat

Part of a healthy diet is making sure that the foods that you eat have retained their nutrients and won’t make you sick. You count on producers, packers, and shippers, and supermarkets to comply with sanitation [more…]

Amino Acids in Your Daily Diet for Good Health

Proteins — the building blocks of muscle and other tissues — are made up of amino acids. Good nutrition calls for a daily supply of amino acids in your diet to supply your body with the materials it needs [more…]

The Importance of Your Child's Breakfast — Every Day

Many parents allow their children to skip breakfast. Parents may reason that the children aren’t hungry in the morning, and by skipping breakfast they avoid a bunch of calories. However, eating breakfast [more…]

Aspartic Acid: An Amino Acid for Mineral Absorption

Aspartic acid is a nonessential amino acid, meaning that if your do not include this nutrient in your diet, your body can make sufficient amounts of it. Dietary sources include protein foods, such as meat [more…]

Meeting Vegetarian Calcium Needs for Good Health

For vegetarians, the amount of calcium that is actually absorbed and retained from dietary sources is probably a good deal higher than for most Americans, so recommended intakes could theoretically be [more…]

Where to Find Help for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders require professional treatment. Do some background research on treatment, referral centers, and support groups in your area (check with your local school system, university, medical center [more…]

Why You Need Some Cholesterol for Good Health

Your body actually needs fat, and it may blow your (nutritional) mind, but a healthy body also needs cholesterol. Look carefully and you find cholesterol in and around your cells, in your fatty tissue, [more…]

Safely Refrigerating and Freezing Food to Preserve Nutrients

Keeping food cold, sometimes very cold, preserves nutritional content and slows or suspends the activity of microbes bent on digesting your nutrients before you do. [more…]

Inositol and Paba: Nutrients Your Body Makes from Food You Eat

Inositol and Paba are manufactured by your body from the nutrients you ingest when you chow down on a meal or a snack. Nutritionists usually lump them with the B vitamins. [more…]

Alanine: An Amino Acid Energy Source

Alanine is a nonessential amino acid, meaning that if you don’t get this nutrient from you diet, your body can manufacture it. It is an important part of human muscle and one of the few amino acids that [more…]

Carnitine: An Amino Acid for Generating Energy

The amino acid carnitine plays a role in metabolizing fat and producing energy. Red meats are the primary dietary sources of this nutrient. It is an extra amino acid not found in your body tissue, but [more…]

Cysteine: Amino Acid, Protector, and Detoxifier

Cysteine is an important sulfur-containing nonessential amino acid important to many metabolic (biochemical) pathways. Dietary sources of this nutrient include poultry, yogurt, oats, and wheat germ, and [more…]

Glutathione: The Antioxidant Amino Acid

Glutathione is a not a protein-building amino acid, but a mixture of amino acid chains. Glutathione is a nutrient that forms enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase. It is essential to life. [more…]

Universal Macrobiotic Life Principles

A macrobiotic lifestyle reaches beyond nourishing the body through healthy food choices. Macrobiotics is a comprehensive way of life. These macrobiotic life principles are the road by which we discover [more…]

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