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Becoming a Calorie-Conscious Cook to Help Your Dieting

Dieting may mean changing your cooking habits. Standard cooking methods need some reworking to make them lowfat and low calorie, and some foods can be used as substitutes, making them great, nutritious [more…]

Sources of Vitamin B12 in Your Vegetarian Diet

If you eat animal products, you get the nutrient vitamin B12 from them. Vegetarians who includes eggs, cheese, yogurt, cows’ milk, or other dairy products in their diets also have a source of vitamin B12 [more…]

Starting — and Sticking with — an Exercise Program

If you are overweight and on a diet, expending 2,800 calories a week in exercise or committing to a chunk of time every day may sound like more than you can manage. The easiest way to make a workout part [more…]

Dietary Sources of Iron for Vegetarians

Vegetarians need more iron in their diets than nonvegetarians because the iron in plant foods is not absorbed as efficiently as the iron in meat. Surprisingly, vegetarians tend to get substantially more [more…]

Eating When You're Hungry versus Eating on Schedule

The human body needs nutrition every 3 to 4 hours to prevent energy dips, metabolism slowdowns, crankiness, and cravings from interfering with life. Eating based on time rather than hunger is one of the [more…]

Saturated, Monounsaturated, and Polyunsaturated Fats: What's the Difference?

What do the terms saturated, unsaturated, and monounsaturated fats mean to your diet and health? These words describe how many hydrogen atoms occur in a molecule, or fundamental unit, of fats and oils, [more…]

Mineral Overdoses Can Be Toxic, Even Deadly

The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) and Adequate Intakes (AIs) for minerals and trace elements are generous allowances. They recommend enough of these nutrients in your diet to prevent deficiency [more…]

Timing Meals to Go Along with Your Workout

Eating a small meal two to three hours before a workout is ideal. Two to three hours is how long it takes for a meal to reach your muscles, but it’s not always practical. Not substituting exercise for [more…]

Good Health with B Vitamins in Your Daily Diet

It’s easy to get B vitamins in your diet. These water-soluble nutrients include thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), folate, B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, and [more…]

Lithium Deficiency May Lead to Mood Disorders

Scientists are uncertain whether this mineral is a required nutrient, but a lithium deficiency can lead to mood disorders. Most people take in about 2 mg daily from their diets, although no specific requirement [more…]

How Your Body Uses Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes absorption of calcium and phosphorus. Most people associate the nutrient calcium with healthy bones and teeth, but no matter how much calcium you have in [more…]

Adding Fiber to Your Diet the Healthy Way

You find dietary fiber in all plant foods — fruits, vegetables, and grains, but none in foods from animals: meat, fish, poultry, milk, milk products, and eggs. A balanced diet with lots of foods from plants [more…]

Dietary Fiber Content of Common Foods

The average American diet falls short of meeting Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for dietary fiber. Although fiber does not contain any nutrients, it has health benefits galore: It helps to [more…]

Nutritional Needs of Pregnant and Nursing Women

Eating for two means that you’re the sole source of nutrients for your growing fetus. If you don’t get the vitamins you need in your diet, neither will your baby. The Recommended Daily Allowances [more…]

How to Know What Vitamins — and How Much — Your Body Needs

Vitamins in your diet regulate you bodily functions. They prevent nutritional deficiency diseases, promote healing, and encourage good health. Vitamins are essential for building body tissues ,such as [more…]

Dietary Fiber: The Non-Nutrient in Carbohydrates

Nutritionists classify dietary fiber as either insoluble fiber or soluble fiber, depending on whether it dissolves in water. (Both kinds of fiber resist human digestive enzymes.) [more…]

How High Fructose Corn Syrup Relates to Health Risks

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — linked to the obesity crisis and a staple in American diets — is metabolized just like the fructose in fruit, but with some significant differences. The first is that [more…]

Fat Replacers Found in Food You Eat

The problem with eating high-fat foods is that fat doesn’t immediately satisfy hunger the way that sugary carbohydrates do. Therefore, eating too many fat calories before realizing that you’ve had enough [more…]

How Hormones Affect Your Nutritional Needs

Hormones affect your resting energy expenditure (REE) —the amount of energy (calories) you use when your body’s at rest. Men and women need different amounts of calories and different types of nutrients [more…]

How Your Body Uses Vitamin K

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. You need a miniscule amount in your diet. About 300 mcg (from the diet and additional supplements) is the optimum daily intake of vitamin K. Supplements are used for [more…]

Taurine: For a Healthy Heart and Nerves

Taurine is one of the most important, useful, and safest amino acid supplements. Your body can produce this nutrient from cysteine with the help of vitamin B-6. Dietary sources of taurine are fish and [more…]

Methionine: Amino Acid Support for Your Liver

One of the essential sulfur-containing amino acids, the nutrient methionine is important for many bodily functions, including immune cell production and proper nerve function. Dietray methionine is a potent [more…]

Saving Calories by Substituting Nutritious Foods in Cooking

Dieters have to brave going into the kitchen and preparing nutritious foods to eat. Cooking and eating low-cal and lowfat, nutritious foods needn’t be difficult. The following table lists a few diet-friendly [more…]

Eating Out the Low-Calorie Way When You're Dieting

Eating out can pose special problems for dieters. Serving sizes are too large, and many professional kitchens don’t use low-calorie cooking methods necessary for dieters. [more…]

Tryptophan: Treating Depression and Insomnia

The nutrient tryptophan is an essential amino acid well known for its ability to affect the levels of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Tryptophan is important in helping your body create vitamin B-3 and [more…]


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