Understanding Diet & Nutrition

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Adult Essential Vitamin and Mineral Nutrient Intake Reference

Need to know about your vitamins and minerals? Use these helpful tables to refresh your memory on reference nutrient intakes and get yourself up to speed. [more…]

Nutrition For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Want to increase your nutrition knowledge and learn how to make better food choices? Here you will find some quick and easy reference points helping you to prepare for, live and enjoy a more nutritious [more…]

How to Determine Your Calorie Needs

Determining your body’s total dietary energy needs takes a bit of math — so grab a calculator. This method of determining your calorie needs is easier and almost as accurate as checking into a research [more…]

How to Manage Your Calcium Intake

Including calcium-rich milk in your diet often is associated with preventing osteoporosis, but building strong bones isn’t as simple as eating lots of calcium. The science actually is much more complicated [more…]

How to Cook Low-Glycemic Grains, Beans, Lentils, and Veggies

Identifying low-glycemic foods to eat is the first step; the second step is discovering ways to cook them so that you enjoy making them part of your daily meals. Use the following tips on cooking low-glycemic [more…]

Measuring the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Loads before You Cook

Before you start cooking up recipes that follow the glycemic index diet, you need to know the difference between the glycemic index and the glycemic load: [more…]

Appropriate Portion Sizes for Low- to Medium-Glycemic Dishes

Choosing recipes that are low to medium glycemic and lower in fat and calories is a great way to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. However, eating the appropriate portion sizes is also crucial [more…]

Adjusting Favorite Recipes to Follow the Glycemic Index Diet

One of the simplest steps in adopting a low-glycemic lifestyle is looking at the foods and recipes you already like to cook and eat. You may find that some are naturally low glycemic and don't need any [more…]

Key Points You Need to Know about Vitamin D

Even as researchers continue to discover how vitamin D can protect your health, a lot of misinformation still surrounds this amazing vitamin. Here are some of the key points you need to know to understand [more…]

What Are the Benefits of Vitamin D?

New information about vitamin D's role in health is being published almost daily. Here are the key functions of vitamin D, divided into those that are firmly established, those for which there is growing [more…]

Recommendations for Vitamin D Intake

New recommendations for vitamin D were released by an expert panel in 2010. These recommendations for daily intake of vitamin D are based on the current literature on vitamin D and are set to protect the [more…]

Recommended Daily Supplement Program for Good Health

Because your body needs a healthy daily dose of vitamins and minerals get into a supplement-taking routine, consistency is the key to success with supplements. Even though each person’s needs are different [more…]

Whole Food Sources of Common Supplements

The best way to get most of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need is through your diet. As you choose to eat healthy foods, you'll soon see and feel the benefits — like increased energy, [more…]

Natural Substitutes for Medication

Although no herbal medicine is safe under every condition for every person, herbal remedies are becoming increasingly popular because they’re considered safer than pharmaceutical drugs. Take a look at [more…]

How to Introduce Raw Food to Friends and Family

You may find that your friends and family are a little reluctant to try raw foods. By considering these do's and don'ts, you can reduce their anxiety about how your new lifestyle may impact them: [more…]

Raw Food Staples to Keep on Hand

With a bit of planning and preparation, you can enjoy the health benefits and culinary rewards of raw food any time. To make mealtime a snap, here's a list of raw foods to keep stocked: [more…]

Spotting Other Names for Sugar

Sugar goes by a lot of different names, and that makes avoiding it particularly tricky. Not everything that contains sugar uses that specific word in the list of ingredients, so here's a reference list [more…]

How to Determine a Serving Size without Measuring

You don't need utensils to measure healthy portion sizes - whether you're eating out or making meals at home. This video shows you how to put your hands to work as kitchen tools to determine serving sizes [more…]

Understanding Food Label Lingo

Food labels give important information about what's really in the food you buy, if you know how to read the lingo about ingredients and serving sizes. Lite, fat free, extra lean, and cholestrol free all [more…]

How to Determine a Serving Size

What is a serving size for fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and fats and sweets? Determine serving-size equivalents and exercise portion control and you'll ensure proper nutrition -- and even lose weight [more…]

How to Read a Nutrition Label

Nutrition labels give you important information about the fat, calories, and fiber in your food. By knowing how to interpret percentage daily value numbers on labels, you can adjust your diet and portion [more…]
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