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Nutritious Fruits and Vegetables for a Healthy Diet

Fruits and vegetables are almost freefoods for dieters. But eating healthfully means more than counting calories. Vitamins and mineral nutrients are important, too. Want to get more nutrition out of your [more…]

What Causes Overweight Children: Genetics or Environment?

Children become overweight due to genetic tendencies, lack of physical activity, unhealthy dietary habits, or a combination of these factors. In some rare cases, an endocrine disorder is to blame. Your [more…]

Anorexia and Bulimia: Life-Threatening Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are psychological illnesses that lead you to eat too much or too little. Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses that requires immediate medical attention [more…]

Grains: The Foundation of a Healthy Diet

Grains are low in fat and provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are the source of complex carbohydrates in your diet. But the wrong kinds of grain products can lead you to eat too many [more…]

Consuming Less Salt for a Healthier Diet

Many foods naturally contain sodium, albeit usually in tiny amounts. Although some people add salt to their food at the table, most sodium in the U.S. diet comes from foods to which salt has been added [more…]

Fat in the Right Amounts in Your Diet

Getting the right amount of fat in your diet is a delicate balancing act. Too much fat increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Too little fat, and infants don’t [more…]

Controlling Hypertension with Healthy Low-Fat Diet

The traditional treatment for hypertension included drugs, a diet low in sodium, weight reduction, alcohol only in moderation, and regular exercise. Data from a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [more…]

Processing Food to Preserve Nutrients and Stop Spoilage

Processing upgrades the nutritional value of foods by changing food from a living thing (animal or vegetable) into an integral component of your healthful diet. Processing preserves nutrition, lengthens [more…]

Who Is Likely to Develop an Eating Disorder?

The one thing that all those who suffer from eating disorders have in common is a history of dieting. Generally speaking, bright, energetic, attractive, conscientious, hard-working people of all races [more…]

USDA Recommendations for Dairy Products in Your Diet

To meet your nutritional needs, the USDA recommends two to three daily servings of dairy products. Including dairy foods in your diet provides you with protein and calcium and contributes vitamins A and [more…]

Eat Fewer Saturated and Trans Fats in Your Diet

Research shows that a diet high in saturated fatty acids causes blood cholesterol levels to rise even more than eating large amounts of dietary cholesterol does. Fats are made up of both saturated and [more…]

Get Healthier by Putting Aside Excuses for Not Exercising

For every excuse not to exercise, a better reason exists to make the effort to get in shape and grow stronger, healthier, and happier with your body. Here are some common excuses to avoid exercise — and [more…]

The Health Risks of Being Overweight or Obese

If you’re overweight, but feeling okay now, you may be indifferent to dieting to prevent health problems. But your extra weight strains all your body systems, putting you at risk for developing one or [more…]

How Your Nutritional Status Affects Your Health

Your diet determines your nutritional status, which is a measure of the state of your health. For example, people who are starving do not get the dietary nutrients or calories they need to maintain their [more…]

How to Encourage Your Child to Eat Vegetables

Just like adults, children should aim for five servings of nutritious fruits or vegetables a day. They’re good sources of fiber, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals, they’re low in fat, and they’re [more…]

How to Eat Sensibly When Traveling

Eating healthy, nutritious food and sticking to a diet are especially hard when you are away from home — for business or pleasure. You’re at the mercy of the food service industry, which offers foods high [more…]

How to Relate Omega-3 Fatty Acids to a Healthy Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids are heart-friendly nutrients that improve any diet. The fats make the tiny blood particles called platelets less sticky, reducing the possibility that they’ll form blood clots that [more…]

Relating Risk Factors to the Weight That's Healthiest for You

Healthcare professionals use more than Body Mass Index (BMI), your weight, or the size of your waist to determine whether you need to lose weight. They also look at weight-related risk factors before determining [more…]

Dietary Guidelines Recommend Smart Food Choices in Your Diet

Some foods provide lots of nutrients per calorie. Some don’t. The former are called “nutrient-dense foods.” As you may expect, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend choosing foods from the high-nutrient [more…]

Sulfur: A Nutrient for Supporting Cartilage

There is no official minimum sulfur requirement, but some consider it an essential nutrient for humans. This nutrient is widely available in foods and you can easily get adequate amounts from your diet [more…]

What Are Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorders?

Binge eating disorder can happen at any age, but it’s often not recognized until adulthood. It’s similar to bulimia nervosa, but without purging activities. Victims of binge eating disorder eat large amounts [more…]

Sources of Calcium in a Vegetarian Diet

Generally, it’s a good idea for adult vegetarians, particularly vegans, to try to include two or more servings of calcium-rich foods in their diets each day. Teens and young adults should get an extra [more…]

Helping Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder

If someone you know has an eating disorder, you can help. The problem is that the person who has the eating disorder may deny having a problem. That denial may leave you, the supporter, feeling powerless [more…]

Arginine: The Amino Acid for Male Fertility

Arginine is an essential amino acid that supports male fertility. To include it in your diet, be sure to eat nuts — particularly almonds and walnuts — and fish, which have high levels of arginine. Vegetable [more…]

Answering the Right Questions When You Review Diet Programs

After you consider the different types of diet programs and find one that you think may work for you, make an appointment to visit one of that program’s centers for a personal interview. Take along the [more…]

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