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Where You Carry Your Fat Matters to Your Health

Your degree of risk for developing weight-related health problems depends on how overweight you are and where you store your excess fat. Body fat that accumulates around the stomach area poses a greater [more…]

Carbohydrate Loading for Sustained Physical Exertion

Some athletes add extra carbohydrates to their diets. This practice, called carbohydrate loading, increases the amount of glycogen stored in muscles. This carb-loading diet is not for everyday use, nor [more…]

How to Add Fiber to Your Diet

Fiber doesn’t contain nutrients, but it is essential to a healthy diet. A high-fiber low-fat diet is healthful for your heart and digestive system. Looking for quick and easy ways to add fiber to your [more…]

Sticking to Your Diet at Mexican Restaurants

A flour tortilla is nutritionally sound, but roll it around a filling and deep-fry it, and you have a high calorie diet buster. The good news for dieters is that Mexican cuisine places minimal emphasis [more…]

Silica: Mineral Nutrition for Healing Fractures

According to some sources, silicon (commonly referred to as silica) is an essential macromineral nutrient — meaning you need to include sources in your diet. Others claim that although it is important [more…]

Fast Food Serves Super-Size Fat and Calories

Eating out frequently, especially in fast-food restaurants, means that you’re probably missing out on many nutrients and eating more fat and calories than you want or need. A diet of fast food has several [more…]

Are You Likely to Gain Too Much Weight?

Eating too much and not exercising enough are the fundamental reasons people gain weight. But genetics, metabolism, and environmental factors explain how large your appetite is and how efficiently your [more…]

Research Suggests Benefits and Risks of Drinking Alcohol

Are there nutrients in alcohol? No, but including alcoholic beverages in your diet has benefits as well as risks. The benefits of alcohol on your health seem to be linked to moderate drinking [more…]

How Dieting Makes You Hungry

Dieting researchers have found that people with a long history of dieting lose their ability to recognize when they are full after a nutritionally complete meal. Chronic dieters eat or don’t eat based [more…]

Recommended Dietary Allowances Spread Vitamin Needs over Several Days

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) were designed to make planning meals easy. The D in RDA stands for dietary, not daily, because the RDAs are an average. You may get more of a nutrient one day and [more…]

Dietary Supplement Safety: Important Consideration for Your Health

You can stir up a good food fight in any group of nutrition experts simply by asking whether dietary supplements are necessary, economical, or safe. The Food and Drug Administration [more…]

How Cookware Affects Nutrients in Your Food — and Your Health

Your choice of pots can affect the nutrient value of food by adding nutrients to the foods, lowering the natural loss of nutrients during cooking, and actively increasing the loss of nutrients during cooking [more…]

Taking Extra Vitamins When You Need Dietary Supplements

The Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) protect people with a healthy diet from deficiencies, but sometimes your lifestyle or circumstances mean you need extra vitamins and nutrients in your diet. See [more…]

Vegetarians' Need to Combine Proteins: Myth or Fact?

Although nutritionists once counseled vegetarians to eat complementary proteins to make sure you get proper nutrition, you don’t have to combine foods to get enough protein in a vegetarian diet. [more…]

Glycine for Helping Wounds Heal and Detoxifying

Glycine is a nonessential amino acid. Dietary sources of this nutrient include fish, meats, beans, and dairy products. It also comes from choline in the liver and the amino acids threonine or serine. Glycine [more…]

Diet Foods for Your Refrigerator and Freezer

If you are on a diet, your fridge will be stocked with many nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables and plain frozen ones, which are a lot lower in calories than the frozen ones packaged in sauce or butter [more…]

Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

A person may have anorexia nervosa when she diets to the point of weighing only 85 percent of her normal, healthy weight (or a BMI of 17.5), fears gaining weight, is preoccupied with food, develops abnormal [more…]

Buying Nutritious Breads, Cereals, Rice, and Pasta

Full of essential nutrition, whole grains are the cornerstone of a healthy diet. But too often, shoppers are offered fat- and sugar-laden choices, devoid of nutrition and high in empty calories. [more…]

Sticking to Your Diet at Fast Food Places

Fast food restaurants are beginning to offer some choices for dieters or to those who want to eat nutritious food, but you have to use caution to stick to your diet. You can swear never to eat another [more…]

Eating to Satisfy Emotional Needs

From the time your mother handed you a cookie to quiet your crying, food may have become more than a way to provide nutrition. It’s a way to nourish your soul as well. Dieting to lose weight can bring [more…]

USDA Recommendations for Meat in Your Diet

The USDA Food Pyramid recommends that you include 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, eggs dried beans or nuts in your daily diet. Such foods contribute important nutrients, such as protein, calcium, iron, [more…]

What Are Essential Fatty Acids?

An essential fatty acid is one that your body needs but cannot assemble from other fats in your diet. For proper nutrition, you must include them in your diet. Fatty acids are the building blocks of fats [more…]

Avoiding Exposure to Toxic Minerals Lead and Mercury

Lead and mercury are toxic minerals found in food and water and some nondietary sources. Changes in your diet may help you avoid exposure to these minerals. Some nutrients are even known to help you metabolize [more…]

Food-Specific Diet Plans Allow Some, Avoid Other Foods

The premise of food-specific diets is that some foods have special properties that can cause weight loss, other foods cause weight gain, and combinations of specific foods cause you to lose or gain. [more…]

Dietary Recommendations Reviewed and Revised with New Nutrition Information

New research and nutrition information prompted the Food and Nutrition Board’s Dietary Reference Intakes committee to establish several panels of experts to review RDAs several years ago. Experts' evaluations [more…]

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