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Nutritive and Nonnutritive Artificial Sweeteners in Your Diet

Two kinds of sweeteners are widely used to replace sugar in your diet. Some are classified as nutritive, because they provide calories and nutrients; others are nonnutritive [more…]

Providing Nutritious Food Choices for Your Children

The Food Guide Pyramid is a good place to start planning a nutritious diet for your family. When you plan a snack or meal, make sure that it includes protein, carbohydrate, and a little bit of fat. A carbohydrate-only [more…]

Fluoride: Nutrition for Strong Teeth

Some consider the trace mineral fluoride (a form of florine) an essential nutrient. Others don’t. Either way, most people get enough in their diets to stay healthy. [more…]

How Additives Affect the Way Food Looks, Tastes, Benefits Health

Food additives may be natural or synthetic. For example, vitamin C is a natural preservative. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene [more…]

How Genetic Makeup Affects Body Weight

Although the exact mechanism isn’t clear, many health experts believe that each person is born with a genetically predetermined weight range that the body strives to maintain. Human bodies used this system [more…]

How to Fit Fats and Oils in a Healthy Diet

Oils and fats are among the more controversial components of the modern diet. You should get your essential fats mostly from whole foods. Two bonuses of this approach are that food sources are much more [more…]

Diets That Help You Get — and Stay — Well

Some foods and some diet plans are so good for your body that no one questions their ability to provide proper nutrition and keep you healthy or make you feel better when you’re ill. [more…]

Growing Older and Staying Healthy with Good Nutrition

Good nutrition improves all body functions. For example, a diet rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin seems to slow the development of cataracts. Nutritious bran cereals provide fiber that can rev [more…]

Canned Food: Keeping Out Contaminants for Safe Eating

Like cooked food, canned food is subject to changes in appearance and nutritional content. Food is canned by heating what goes into the container and then sealing the container to keep out air and microbes [more…]

How Childhood Obesity Affects Adult Weight

Although more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between nutrition during gestation and birth weight to the onset of obesity later in life, several studies suggest a connection. [more…]

What Are Phytochemicals and How Do They Affect Your Health?

The newest thing in nutrition is phytochemicals — substances that produce many of the beneficial effects associated with a diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains. If you’ve been [more…]

Using Irradiation to Preserve Food for Safe Eating

Irradiation preserves nutrients in food and kills microbes that destroys them. The preservation technique exposes food to electron beams or gamma radiation, a high-energy light stronger than the X-rays [more…]

How Current Eating Trends Affect Childhood Health

In childhood, as in adulthood, the more fat that people in your diet, the more calories. That’s because, bite for bite, a gram of fat delivers more than twice the number of calories than a gram of protein [more…]

Bad Habits That Get in the Way of Healthy Dieting

Dieters face pitfalls, some of which have to do with emotions, habits, or feelings of self-worth. But eating is not a moral issue. Your body requires nutrients to live. Sticking to a diet does not define [more…]

Nutrition for Protecting Your Bones

To get the nutrients it needs to protect bones, your diet needs to include calcium, zinc, iron, and vitamins D, and B12. These nutrients occur most in milk, cheese, eggs, and red meat — a nutritional high-fat [more…]

FDA Definitions for Nutrition Labeling for Restaurant Foods

If you are on a diet, eating out can mean trouble, but you can be sure that you’re getting a low-calorie meal when you order one. The Food and Drug Administration [more…]

Linking Low Cholesterol Levels to Soluble Fiber in Oats

A diet high in soluble fiber can lower your cholesterol. Nutritious fruits and vegetables (especially dried beans) are high in soluble fiber, but ounce for ounce, oats have more. In addition, beta-glucans [more…]

Fats, Oils, and Sweets in a Healthy Diet

At the very top of the Food Guide Pyramid is the tiny triangle of fats and sweets. These foods add calories without contributing much in the way of other nutrients to your diet. [more…]

What Are Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by purging behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or obsessive exercise, in [more…]

Adding Fruits to Your Diet Every Day

Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber necessary for proper nutrition. They’re also naturally low in fat with few exceptions. Breakfast is a good place to begin adding fruit servings [more…]

How to Get Your Kids Out and Exercising

Sure, getting your child physical helps balance calories. But it also helps develop coordination and self-confidence. Diet and exercise habits that start now are more likely to follow your child into adulthood [more…]

Histidine: The Amino Acid for Allergies

Histidine is a semi-essential amino acid that your body needs during periods of growth, stress, and recovery from illness and injury. This nutrient is an essential amino acid for children. Dietary sources [more…]

Stocking Your Cupboard for Healthy, Tasty Cooking When Dieting

To cook low-calorie nutritious food, you don’t need to keep bottled salad dressings, canned cream soups, and oils in your kitchen. Instead, the diet-conscious cook stocks a pantry with canned tomatoes, [more…]

Good Health through Eating Foods with Nutritional Value

Nutrients are the cornerstone of a healthy diet. If your diet doesn’t include the proper nutrients, your health suffers. If you consume no dietary nutrients, you eventually will die. If you don’t eat and [more…]

Copper: An Antioxidant Essential to a Healthy Body

Copper is a trace mineral—an essential nutrient to humans. It must be obtained through diet or supplements. This antioxidant nutrient helps your body use iron. [more…]

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