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Start With The Basics of Nutrition

Nutrition is about the study of food and how our bodies use food as fuel for growth and daily activities. The macronutrients, or "big" nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. The micronutrients, or "little" nutrients are the vitamins and minerals that we need to be healthy. Get started with with articles, tools, and resources to help you learn about the basics of nutrition.
  1. How to Eat a Healthy Diet (7)
  2. Phytochemicals (7)
  3. Learn About Food Additives (14)
  4. Share Your Diet and Nutrition Tips (34)
  5. Nutrition Study Guide (139)

Five Things Everyone Should Know About Nutrition
Here are five things I think everyone needs to know about nutrition.

Defining and Understanding Nutrition
You know when to eat because your body tells you you're hungry, but do you know why you need to eat? Your body needs both large and small nutrients to function and remain healthy.

What are Nutrients?
Nutrients are the individual food components your body needs to function properly. Your digestive system breaks food down into large and small nutrients.

Common Nutrition Abbreviations
Abbreviations are used frequently in nutrition, especially when we're describing amounts of nutrients. Let me help you sort out the alphabet soup of nutrition abbreviations.

What You Need to Know About Nutrient Density
Foods that are nutrient dense have lots of nutrition for the space they occupy. Many nutrient dense foods are also low in calories.

Basic Nutrition Quiz
Take this fun quiz to see how much you know about basic nutrition.

Ten Steps to a Healthy New Year
Here are my ten steps for a healthy new year, and it doesn't have to wait until January First. Make the next twelve months a healthier year.

Are Genetically Engineered Foods Bad For Your Health?
Learn more about GMOs. Are they safe for your health?

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet Right Now
Changing your diet from bad to good can take a long time, but here are five things you can do right now to improve your diet.

What's the Difference Between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Nutritionists and dietitians are both health professionals who can help you design a healthy diet and pick out the right dietary supplements if you need them. Learn more.

Ten Reasons to Eat a Healthful Balanced Diet
Eating right will help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, keep your heart healthy and give you more energy. Here are my top ten reasons for eating a healthy balanced diet.

Eat 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.

Functional Foods - Beyond Nutritious
Functional foods do more than fill your belly -- they're also good for your health. I'll explain the different types of functional foods.

Nutrition Videos
A list of some of my favorite nutrition-themed videos from About.com.

Explore the USDA Food Pyramid
Here's a look at the old USDA Food pyramid - it's been replaced by the MyPlate.gov.

What's Your Favorite Diet, Cooking or Nutrition App?
Do you track calories or count carbs on your smart phone? Or maybe you have a favorite healthy recipe app. Share your favorite smart phone, iPad or computer app. See submissions

What You Need to Know About Astaxanthin
Most antioxidants are found in plants, but here's one that's found in fish and seafood. Astaxanthin is related to vitamin A and may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Americans Don't Have Healthy Lifestyles
So many Americans are unhealthy. Probably due to eating too much and exercising too little. Some people still smoke and drink too much alcohol too. Learn more.

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