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Japanese Food — A Good Diet Choice

Japanese food is a nutritious, low-calorie choice for dieters. Japanese can be one of the most nutritional and healthy cuisines, with only a few fattening dishes, such as tempura, teriyaki, katso, and [more…]

Recommendations for Carbohydrates, Fats, Dietary Fiber, and Alcohol

Carbohydrates, fiber, fat, and alcohol are not included among Recommended Dietary Allowances. The reason is simple: If your diet provides enough protein, vitamins, and minerals, it’s almost certain to [more…]

Why Your Body Needs Water

You must have water in your diet. It is brimming with minerals and electrolytes, and you can’t live without it. Water is a solvent. It dissolves other substances and carries nutrients and other material [more…]

Keep a Food Journal to Track Eating Habits

To assess your diet — whether to determine if it includes essential nutrients in the correct amounts or to try to understand how you can lose weight — consider keeping a food journal. Most people don’t [more…]

Good Choices for Dieters at Chinese Restaurants

Chinese food may seem like a nutritious low-calorie choice if you are on a diet, but depending on your order, you can get a healthy low-cal meal or a calorie nightmare. [more…]

Exceeding the RDAs: Do You Need Extra Minerals?

If your diet provides enough mineral nutrients to meet the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs), you’re in pretty good shape. A restrictive diet, the circumstances of your reproductive life, and just [more…]

How Do Phytochemicals in Your Diet Benefit Your Health

Beneficial phytochemicals — nutrients found in plant foods — appear to be antioxidants, hormone-like compounds, and enzyme-activating sulfur compounds. Including phytochemicals in your diet helps maintain [more…]

Keeping Sugar to a Minimum in Your Diet

Sugars, which are simple carbohydrates, are found naturally in many nutritious foods, including milk, fruits, some vegetables, breads, cereals, and grains. Many of these are a part of any healthy diet. [more…]

Sticking to Your Diet at Indian Restaurants

Dieters beware! Some styles of Indian cooking are vegetarian, which is great for including proper nutrition, but don’t let that lull you into thinking that these foods are low-calorie diet dishes. Plenty [more…]

Deli and Sandwich Shop Healthy Choices for Dieters

True delicatessens provide challenges for dieters, but menus are flexible, so this is one type of restaurant where you can exercise your calorie-smart creativity. If you are on a diet, go to lunch with [more…]

Soothing the Common Cold with the Right Foods

Proper nutrition strengthens your immune system, but no diet can keep you from catching a common cold. Some surprising foods can soothe your symptoms. This is not about chicken soup. That issue has been [more…]

Understanding the Difference between Hunger and Appetite

People eat for two main reasons. The first reason is hunger; the second is appetite. Hunger and appetite are not synonyms. In fact, hunger and appetite are entirely different processes. [more…]

Pizza Provides Healthy Eating Possibilities for Dieters

The trend toward nutritious newfangled pizza is a real plus for dieters. You can add or subtract nutritious vegetable and meat ingredients to fit your particular tastes and to stick within diet boundaries [more…]

The Water You Need Every Day from Food and Drinks

Because you don’t store water, you need to take in a new supply every day in your diet — enough to replace the nutrients and minerals you lose when you breathe, perspire, urinate, and defecate. On average [more…]

Sodium: Moving Fluid through Body Cells

Sodium is a hidden ingredient of many prepared foods. Although it is essential for proper nutrition, too much sodium in your diet increases the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. This nutrient is [more…]

Figure the Right Amount of Fat for Your Diet

Yes, you do need some fat in your diet for good health. Fat supplies essential fatty acids and helps your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. But a diet high in saturated fat and, to a [more…]

Find Ways — Other Than Eating — to Cope with Emotions

Keeping a food journal calls for recording what and when you eat and how you're feeling when you eat. Look back at your journal now and then: How many times did you record words that signal stress, sadness [more…]

High-Tech Methods for Assessing Body Fat Percentages

Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size allow you to quickly compare your weight to the healthy weight range for your height and judge your relative “fatness.” [more…]

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Suggestions for Good Health

Published in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the following list contains the ten Dietary Guidelines for Americans. [more…]

Food Label Terms and What They Really Mean

All the nutrients that a food contains are important; however, to achieve weight loss, the total fat and calories are the most important to track from nutrition information on a food label. Cholesterol [more…]

What to Look For on Nutrition Labels

Since 1990, when the Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), went into effect, all packaged food products (with a few exceptions) carry labeling that states the nutritional [more…]

Eating Italian When You're on a Diet

Can you stick to your diet in an Italian restaurant? Most Americans think of heavy southern Italian food when they think of high-calorie items: meatballs, eggplant Parmigiana, veal Parmigiana, and lasagna [more…]

Choosing Unsaturated Fats over Saturated Fats in Your Diet

All fat has the same number of calories, but a diet that contains unsaturated fat instead of foods that contain saturated fats can help reduce your blood cholesterol level. [more…]

How Drying Affects Food’s Nutritional Value

Drying food preserves nutrients and protects it by removing the moisture that bacteria, yeasts, and molds need to live. Although drying destroys some nutrients like vitamin C, removing water concentrates [more…]

How to Change Your Perception of Your Body

About 95 percent of females and 30 percent of males have issues about the way their bodies look. You may never look like a supermodel, but that’s okay — virtually no one will. However, everybody can be [more…]

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