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Learn to Prefer Foods with Less Fat and Sugar

Although people are born with a love of sugar and a predisposition to enjoy fat, those preferences can be replaced over time. If you’ve already made the switch from whole milk to lowfat or fat-free milk [more…]

Factors That Prompt Weight Gain

Weight gain doesn’t always depend on diet, genes, or lack of exercise. Other factors like quitting smoking and taking medications can cause you to gain unwanted pounds no matter how closely you follow [more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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