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Measuring the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Loads before You Cook

Before you start cooking up recipes that follow the glycemic index diet, you need to know the difference between the glycemic index and the glycemic load: [more…]

Appropriate Portion Sizes for Low- to Medium-Glycemic Dishes

Choosing recipes that are low to medium glycemic and lower in fat and calories is a great way to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. However, eating the appropriate portion sizes is also crucial [more…]

Adjusting Favorite Recipes to Follow the Glycemic Index Diet

One of the simplest steps in adopting a low-glycemic lifestyle is looking at the foods and recipes you already like to cook and eat. You may find that some are naturally low glycemic and don't need any [more…]

How to Cut Calories the Easy Ways

Yes, it’s hard to control your weight. No, you don’t have to give up every delicious food. Simply editing your plate can reduce the calories and help skim off the pounds. [more…]

How to Figure Out the Meaning of Nutrition Words

Like every discipline, nutrition has its own particular language. This chart clues you in to several prefixes and suffixes that can make deciphering nutrition-speak a cinch. [more…]

Measurements Used in Nutrition

This chart defines the words – and the abbreviations – used in nutrition to describe quantities of solids and liquids from the miniscule (vitamins and minerals) to the relatively large [more…]

How to Know When You May Need Extra Nutrients

Most nutrition experts agree that healthy adults can get virtually all the nutrients they need from a balanced diet. But not every body is the same, and these bodies may need more than the average body [more…]

How to Keep Food Safe and Nutritious

Clean hands plus clean prep space plus appropriate hot or cold temps adds up to safe food. The rules are simple, and the rewards are great. Here’s what you need to know to keep your food safe and nutritious [more…]

Nutrition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Technically speaking, nutrition is the science of how your body uses the food and drink you consume to build new tissues and power every organ and part from your brain down to your toes. Get the most from [more…]

Key Points You Need to Know about Vitamin D

Even as researchers continue to discover how vitamin D can protect your health, a lot of misinformation still surrounds this amazing vitamin. Here are some of the key points you need to know to understand [more…]

What Are the Benefits of Vitamin D?

New information about vitamin D's role in health is being published almost daily. Here are the key functions of vitamin D, divided into those that are firmly established, those for which there is growing [more…]

Recommendations for Vitamin D Intake

New recommendations for vitamin D were released by an expert panel in 2010. These recommendations for daily intake of vitamin D are based on the current literature on vitamin D and are set to protect the [more…]

Vitamin D For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Vitamin D is essential for good health; however, it is a required nutrient only when you don't get enough ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun. Unfortunately, many people can't get enough sun exposure [more…]

What is the MyPlate Food Guide?

With obesity on the rise in both children and adults in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new food guide, MyPlate [more…]

Recommended Daily Supplement Program for Good Health

Because your body needs a healthy daily dose of vitamins and minerals get into a supplement-taking routine, consistency is the key to success with supplements. Even though each person’s needs are different [more…]

Whole Food Sources of Common Supplements

The best way to get most of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need is through your diet. As you choose to eat healthy foods, you'll soon see and feel the benefits — like increased energy, [more…]

Easing Common Ailments with Nutritional Supplements

Supplements play a vital role in supporting many body functions and offer tremendous benefits for increasing energy, easing common symptoms, , and reducing the effects of stress. Take a look at the following [more…]

Natural Substitutes for Medication

Although no herbal medicine is safe under every condition for every person, herbal remedies are becoming increasingly popular because they’re considered safer than pharmaceutical drugs. Take a look at [more…]

Vitamins For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Following a daily program of taking supplements and eating nutrient-dense foods is vital for maintaining your health and getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. Some nutrients [more…]

Changing Your Cooking Methods to Reduce Inflammation

An anti-inflammatory diet begins with choosing the right foods, but it continues with using anti-inflammatory cooking methods to prepare those foods. You can undo a lot of the good in your healthy foods [more…]

Linking Inflammation to Chronic Diseases

Inflammation contributes to the development and symptoms of chronic illnesses, and understanding that link is the first step in knowing how to change your diet in order to combat inflammation and take [more…]

Choosing Good Fats for an Anti-Inflammation Diet

Consuming fat in an anti-inflammatory diet isn't forbidden — but the key is knowing which fats are good, which are bad, and which aren't too awful in moderation. [more…]

Making Anti-Inflammatory Food Choices

After you discover the link between inflammation and chronic illness — and the important role food has in fighting them both — you need an idea of what foods will help you treat and even prevent inflammation [more…]

Anti-Inflammation Diet For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Choosing an anti-inflammation diet is one way to control inflammation in your body. For anyone living with chronic inflammation, finding a way to decrease symptoms and, if possible, erase the inflammation [more…]

Vitamin D Overdose: Symptoms and Examples

Overdosing on vitamin D isn’t easy, but it is possible if you’re taking supplements. In contrast, your body doesn’t allow overdosing from the sun alone. When your vitamin D levels reach a high, potentially [more…]

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