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Eat Right for More Energy

The foods you eat can make a difference in how you feel every day. Here's how to eat for more energy. So how else can you improve your nutrition here at About.com Nutrition? Start with these easy ways to improve your diet right wow. Then you can choose some healthy meal plans, learn how to shop for groceries and read nutrition facts labels. You can find the foods that are best for your heart, find foods that may help prevent cancer, and learn about popular vs. fad diets.

Nutrition 101
Nutrition Spotlight10

Washing Away the Salt

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Canned vegetables can be high in sodium and I knew you could rinse some of the salt away, but I wasn't really sure how much. So, I looked into the subject, and sadly I'm still not completely sure how much sodium is removed by rinsing.

Anyway, I wrote up what I learned and I answered the question How Much Sodium Can Be Removed by Rinsing Canned Vegetables?

If you need to watch your sodium and you have to used canned vegetables, it's worth rinsing them, but you just can't be sure how much sodium will go down the drain.

Speaking of vegetables, another reader asked me which single fruit or vegetable is the best. Here's my answer: Which Fruit or Vegetable is the Best One for Your Health?

This Week's Q&A

Monday April 14, 2014
Joseph asks, "What suggested is the amount of vitamin D daily value percentages on food labels refer to, since there are so many (400, 800 and 1200 IUs)? This is important for people with osteopenia. Thanks."

Here's my answer:

What is the Daily Value for Vitamin D on a Food Label?

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Can You Take Too Much Iron?

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Iron is a dietary mineral that you need for the cells of your body to get enough oxygen. You may need iron supplements, but you must be careful with the amount you take because too much iron can become toxic. Read more: Is It Possible To Take Too Much Iron?

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Soft Drinks

Friday April 4, 2014
I was just thinking about soft drinks today. I think we usually think of carbonated sodas, but soft drinks include other non-alcoholic beverages like lemonade, canned or bottled sweetened ice tea, and cranberry cocktail.

Soft drinks taste good, but so many of them add nothing to your diet except for calories from the sugar. Guess how many teaspoons of sugar are in a can of cola.

Diet soft drinks don't have many (or any) calories, but they don't add anything beneficial either. Most of the time anyway. But there are some soft drinks that contain vitamins and minerals, or you can make your own with 100-precent fruit juice and sparkling water.

Another option is to drink plain water, or jazz it up with fruits and herbs, or drink herbal tea. I explain how to do that here: Boring Water Be Gone!

Do you indulge in soft drinks? If so what kind?

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