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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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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