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Hydration Calculator
Hydration Calculator Water is essential for good health, but you might need more water than you think.
33 Foods to Help Reduce Inflammation
Eating anti-inflammatory foods may be able to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and decrease your risk for chronic diseases.
Calorie Calculator for Women
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
What to Eat If You're Not Getting Enough...
A brief description of potassium, and why it's beneficial, accompanies this list of foods that are high in potassium.
Here's the Healthy Way to Gain Weight
The world is filled with people trying to lose weight, but I know you want to gain weight. Here's how you can gain weight.
Hydration Calculator Results
Results for the daily hydration calculator. Here's how much water you need to drink every day.
How Many Calories Do You Really Need?
You can't lose weight by guessing - you need to know how may calories you need per day. My calorie calculators determine your daily calorie need.
Is There an Easy Way to Convert Grams to...
Grams and teaspoons are different types of measurements. One is weight and one is volume, so even though you can't convert them directly, you can estimate a conversion.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
7 Untrendy Superfoods Every Kitchen Needs
These not-so-trendy foods are every bit as good for you as the fancier (and trendier) superfoods.
The Best Foods to Eat if You Want to Gain Weight
These nine foods will help you gain weight because they're energy-dense. They're also good for you.
Here's How Many Carbs You Need
Carbohydrates are the body's prime source of fuel. This article helps you determine how many grams of carbohydrates you need every day.
Quiz - Do You Have a Healthy Diet?
Do you eat right? Take this quiz to help you determine if you have a healthy diet.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every day.
Why Processed Food Can be Good For You
Processed foods have been changed from their natural state -- some are good for you and some are bad.
Why Are Complex Carbs an Important Part of Your...
Complex carbohydrates are good for you because they're a source of energy. Learn what they are, and find out how to choose the best complex carbs for your diet.
2 Sample Menus for a 1200 Calorie Diet
A menu that can help you get started on a low calorie diet.
Product Review: Greens First
Do you have a difficult time getting all of the servings of fruits and vegetables you need every day? Try Greens First to get your daily nutritional value.
Looking for a Sample Menu for Gaining Weight?
A sample menu to help you design your own menu for gaining weight. Menu for 2,500 calories or 3,000 calories per day.
Fruit and Vegetables: What is a Proper Serving...
Fruit or vegetable serving sized depend upon the state of the food. Here's a look at the official serving sizes for fruits and vegetables.
What You Can Eat On a Clear Liquid Diet
Did your doctor tell you to follow a clear liquid diet? Here's a sample menu and a list of what's allowed.
This Is What a Balanced Meal Plan Looks Like
One example of how to prepare an easy balanced menu for an entire day.
The Nutritional Values for Iceberg and Romaine...
Lettuce generally doesn't have much nutritional value, but not all lettuces are the same. Heres's a comparison of the nutritional values of iceberg lettuce and romaine lettuce.
How to Follow a Low-Calorie Diet and Not Hate It
About.com nutrition expert teaches you how to follow a low-calorie diet. It's not difficult to do, as long as you are prepared and follow your plan carefully.
Did You Know Potatoes Can Actually Be Good for...
Potatoes are usually served as fries or chips that aren't good for your health, but, if you prepare them properly, potatoes are good for you.
What's the Difference Between a Dietitian and...
Both nutritionists and dietitians can help you eat right.
Calorie Calculator Results for Women
Here's the number of calories you need every day if you're a woman, plus information fat, carbohydrate and protein grams.
What You Can Eat On a Full Liquid Diet
A full liquid diet is less restrictive than a clear liquid diet, but you still must eliminate solid foods.
Top Food Sources of Iron
If you've been told to eat more iron-rich foods or to avoid them, you can review these lists of foods that are high in iron.
Why Is Water Essential for Your Health?
Your body needs water so it can function properly. Here's why. I've also got tips for getting more water into your body every day.
Guess How Much Sugar is in a Can of Soda
Soda and most other soft drinks contain a lot of sugar. Find out how much sugar is in a 12-ounce can of soda.
How Healthy Are Baked Potatoes?
Baked potatoes are low in fat, have about 150 calories each, and are a good source of vitamin C and potassium.
How to Make a Healthier Peanut Butter and Jelly...
Peanut better and jelly sandwiches can be good for you. Learn about the nutritional value of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Is Pasta Bad for Your Health?
Pasta is made fromm grain and can be part of a healthy diet as long as you don't load it down with heavy cheesy sauces.
How to Beat Your Sugar Cravings for Good
Many of us feel those annoying sugar cravings. Find out why you crave sugars and what you can do to fight them off.
Do You Have a Vitamin B-6 Deficiency?
Vitamin B-6 is a member of the B-complex family of vitamins. Learn about the vitamin B-6 deficiency symptoms.
Learn What to Expect From a Niacin Flush
Some people experience a niacin flush when they take larger doses of niacin supplements.
What's the Harris-Benedict Formula?
The Harris-Benedict formula is used to determine your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Knowing your BMR helps you determine your daily calorie need.
Ditch Whole-Grains and Eat These Surprisingly...
Medically reviewed information about soluble and insoluble fibers. Includes a list of high-fiber foods.
The Signs and Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Prolonged vitamin D deficiency leads to week bones. Here's an explanation of vitamin D deficiency and the symptoms, which include rickets and osteopenia.
Get the Complete Nutritional Breakdown on Eggs
Eggs are very nutrient-dense and a good source of protein, but they're also high in fat and cholesterol.
What Is Spelt Grain?
Spelt is a gluten-grain with a rich nutty flavor that can be used in place of wheat in most baking recipes, including bread and pizza crusts.
Try This Healthy and Balanced Meal Plan
Day one meal plan for a week of healthy eating for a person who needs about 2250 calories per day and has no health restrictions.
3 Things You Shouldn't Eat When You Have Gout
Gout is painful -- here's a look at the foods that can trigger a gout attack.
2 Sample Menus for a 1,500 Calorie Diet
Do you want to follow a low-calorie diet? Here's a sample menu that provides 1,500 calories per day.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
Here's What You Can Eat on a Mechanical Soft Diet
This diet includes soft and easy to chew foods. It's useful for people who have trouble chewing or may be too weak to chew regular foods.
Nutrition Facts for Pluots: Plum and Apricot...
The pluot is a sweet and tasty fruit that will make it easy for you to get your five-a-day servings of fruits and vegetables.
What You Need to Know About the Inflammation-Fr...
Nutritionist Monica Reinagel tells us that the foods we eat may be triggering inflammation, pain and making us age faster than we should.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
What Are the Benefits of Eating Protein Bars?
Protein bars will help you boost your protein intake. Here are a few questions and answers about protein bars.
Does Raspberry Ketone Promote Weight Loss?
Raspberry ketone is supposed to help you lose weight. Real raspberry ketone is difficult to find and most of the products you buy contain artificial raspberry ketone. Do they work? Learn more.
Is Drinking Beer in Moderation Good for Your...
Humans have been brewing beer for thousands of years and at times beer was considered to be a staple of a healthy diet.
Our Best Tips for Successfully Losing Weight
A nutritionist's tips for following a weight loss diet.
2 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
What Are the Benefits of Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are found in the foods you eat and in some dietary supplements. Learn about antioxidants and how they can improve your health.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2).
Learn How Fat Is Digested
This nutrition lesson will help you learn how fats are digested.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat.
What Can Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
Vegan? Learn How to Best Combine Proteins
Plant proteins lack one or more amino acids. Learn how to combine protein sources to provide all the amino acids you need.
What Are the Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine?
Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and some soft drinks. Learn how much caffeine you can consume safely.
Almond or Peanut Butter: Which Is Better for You?
Almond butter is similar to peanut butter, but it may be just a little bit better for you. Learn more about the nutritional values of almond butter and peanut butter.
Fat-free Microwave Potato Chips are Delicious
Microwave potato chips -- fat free and delicious. Much better for you than standard high-fat potato chips.
Learn About the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber that may be good for your heart. However, more research is required before we know if chia seeds have any extra health benefits beyond their nutrition.
How to Increase Your Appetite
Tips for boosting your appetite and what to eat when you don't feel like eating.
Use Your Bread Machine to Make Spelt Bread
Make your own spelt bread in a bread machine at home with this simple recipe.
Baby Food Diet for Adults - Fad or Fab?
Baby food dieters eat jars of baby food for one or two meals every day. Is this a realistic way to lose weight?
Does Cutting and Storing Fruits and Vegetables...
Cutting or peeling vegetables exposes their flesh to oxygen in the air. This causes a reduction of some of the antioxidant vitamins.
Healthy Snack Ideas for Your Hungry Teens
Teenagers are usually starving when they get home from school. Here's a list of healthy after-school snacks for teens.
This is Why There's So Much Sodium in Processed...
Salt and other compounds that contain sodium are excellent food preservatives and flavor enhancers so food manufacturers use a lot of sodium.
How Certain Foods Can Help You Prevent the Cold...
Nutrition expert Dr. Lisa Hark has some tips for helping to prevent colds and flu by eating a healthy diet.
Moderation - When Eating Something Bad is...
You may have an easier time eating more healthy foods if you actually let yourself have a treat now and then.
What Happens if I Don't Consume Enough Sodium?
Is it really cut too much salt out of your diet? Find out what happens if you don't consume enough sodium.
The Differences Between Folate and Folic Acid
Folic acid is the synthetic counterpart to folate, a member of the B-complex family of vitamins found in green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits.
Paleo Diet -- Another Fad
The Paleolithic Diet is another fad diet. This one claims you'll see health benefits and lose weight if you eat like a prehistoric human.
Why Berries are Good for You
Berries are sweet little treats that pack a powerful nutritional punch. Learn more about the health benefits of eating berries.
Amino Acid Side Chains
Learn about amino acid side chains, which are the parts of amino acids that differentiate them from each other.
Sodium Benzoate as a Food Preservative
Sodium benzoate is a food preservative that is used in soft drinks and other acidic foods such as fruit pies, jellies, and jams.
How to Make Ramen Noodles Healthier With Little...
The little bags of Raman noodles will never be considered health food, but I've got a few tips to make ramen noodles just a bit healthier.
How to Make a Grocery Shopping List
Tips for creating your own grocery shopping list. I also have a grocery list that's ready to download and print.
How to Make Your Own Homemade Protein Bars
Here's why you should make protein bars at home. You can save money and choose healthier ingredients.
Why Paying Attention to Nutrient Density is Key...
We want our foods to taste good, but the amount of nutrition they offer is important too. Learn how to choose nutrient-dense foods.
Why Eating Asparagus Makes Your Urine Smell
Some people find that eating asparagus gives their urine a distinctive odor. But it doesn't happen to everyone, find out why.
Should You Take Supplements with Food or On an...
In most cases you can take your vitamins with foods, but there are some dietary supplements that should be taken on an empty stomach.
How to Get Used to Eating With New Dentures
Chewing and eating foods with dentures takes a little time and patience, so here are some tips for learning how to eat with dentures.
Carrageenan is Not Bad for Your Health
Carrageenan is a food additive that's extracted from seaweed and used to thicken and stabilize certain foods. Learn more about carrageenan.
What are the Benefits and Risks of Taking...
Although dietary supplements are generally safe, there is some risk when taking them. Learn more about the risks and benefits of taking vitamins and other dietary supplements.
5 Superfoods That Do Gross Things to Your Body
Nothing's perfect, right? That includes things that are good for you, like superfoods. These 5 superfoods have some not-so-attractive side effects.
Understanding Your Whole Grain Choices
Whole grains retain the outer coverings of the kernels so flour made from whole grains is higher in fiber. Whole grain foods include foods like brown rice and whole-wheat bread.
Prepare for storms and electrical outages with...
Nature can strike quickly with floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters. Here's how to stock an emergency food pantry.
Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics for...
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are good for your health and prebiotics help them grow and flourish.
Vitamin B-6 Toxicity Signs and Symptoms
Vitamin B-6 is found in a large variety of foods so you probably don't need to take supplements. But if you do take them, it's important to know that excessive amounts can cause side effects.
Why Your Body Needs Frequent Sun Exposure
You need to expose some skin to the sun for a short time a few days a week. Find out how much sun exposure you need to get enough vitamin D.
How Much Sugar Is Safe to Eat With Diabetes?
It's okay to have a little sugar every day, but not too much. Here are some guidelines for a diabetic who wants to consume a little sugar.
Ask a Nutrition Question
About.com Nutrition Expert Shereen Lehman, MS, answers your questions about nutrition.
Are Dried Fruits Higher in Sugar Than Regular...
Dried fruit has more sugar by volume but not by piece. Find out why you need to watch for extra calories when you eat dried fruit.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
The Health Benefits of Peanuts and Peanut Butter
Peanuts and peanut butter are good for you because they contain healthy fats, protein, niacin, folate and even a little fiber.
Why Dehydration May Be Causing Your Headache
Learn about a possible link between headaches and dehydration.
Is Milk Good for an Ulcer?
A reader wants to know if drinking milk will help or hurt a peptic ulcer.
The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
Find out if there is a difference between high fructose corn syrup and regular white sugar.
What's in the Stomach's Gastric Juice?
The gastric juice is responsible for breaking down the foods you eat, so digestion can continue in the small intestine.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Answer two questions to calculate your BMI. Find out if you're overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight.
3 Reasons Why Junk Food Is Popular
Here's why junk foods are popular. The problem is that eating too much junk food is bad for your health.
How Much Weight Should I Gain While I'm Pregnant?
Your body needs extra calories while you're pregnant, but the amount of weight you need to gain depends on how much you weigh before you get pregnant.
How Many Servings For a Day's Worth of Vitamin D?
Milk is fortified with vitamin D. How much milk would it take to get one day's worth of vitamin D? Page 4.
What Is Energy Density?
Energy density is the amount of energy in a give weight of food. Understanding energy density will help you manage your weight.
All the Nutritional Information You Need About...
Oysters contain protein and minerals but are low in fat and calories. Learn more about why eating oysters is good for your health.
Quiz Results -- Is Your Diet Healthy?
Here are the results for the healthy diet quiz.: healthy balanced diet kidney diseases nutrition tip food labels dietary advice
Why You Should Try the Mediterranean Diet
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig explains how to follow a Mediterranean diet.
Foods that Help or Heart Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis causes discomfort and dysfunction in sufferers. It's possible that eating certain foods might make the pain worse.
Why Fad Diets Suck
Fad diets promise quick and easy weight loss as long as you follow the strict rules or buy dubious products.
Trying to Lose Weight? Don't Skip Breakfast
Learn why eating a healthy balanced breakfast gives you a good start to the day.
One Week of Healthy Family Meal Plans
A week's worth of healthy meal ideas, plus links to full plans and recipes. I've also got a shopping list that covers all seven meals.
The Major Minerals
Major minerals include calcium, phosphorus, chloride, magnesium, potassium and sodium. These minerals are particularly important for healthy bones, teeth, muscles and fluid balance in the body.
How to Keep it Simple When Eating Healthier
Skip fad diets and embrace your current lifestyle habits to eat a balanced diet with the right amount of nutritious foods.
Enriched and Fortified Foods -- What's the...
Replacing lost nutrients is called enriching and adding nutrients that aren't naturally there is called fortification.
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Signs and Symptoms
Some people aren't able to absorb vitamin B-12 or don't get enough from the diet. Learn the signs and symptoms that come from a B-12 deficiency.
Get Your Healthy Foods In Even While on a Road...
Why eat junk foods when you're on the road? Here are my tips for choosing nutritious foods and snacks when you travel.
10 Best Foods for a Healthy Heart
Here are ten foods that may improve your heart health by reducing inflammation and improving your cholesterol levels.
What You Can Eat On a Pureed Diet
People who can't chew foods or have certain health conditions may need a pureed diet. Here's what you can eat on a pureed diet.
The Okinawans Live Longer Than Most, Maybe It's...
Residents of the Okinawa region of Japan have some of the longest lifespans in the entire world. One reason may be their diet.
Can Taking B Vitamins Give You Energy?
B-complex vitamins are essential for energy metabolism, but does that mean taking more of them will increase your energy? Probably not.
Ten Reasons to Eat a Healthy 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 healthful balanced diet.
Should You Drink More Water to Lose Weight?
Drinking water may help you lose weight if you drink it in place of high-calorie beverages.
Is Calcium Propionate Safe to Eat?
Calcium propionate is a preservative added to bread and baked goods. It keeps bread fresh by preventing bacterial and mold growth.
How Many Vegetables Do You Really Need to Eat?
Find out how many servings of vegetables you need every day. Recommendations for children, teens and adults.
How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables to Remove...
You must wash your fruits and vegetables before serving or eating them. Here's how.
Lutein Benefits and Dietary Sources
Lutein is a yellow or orange pigment found in some fruits and vegetables that may help to protect your vision.
What are the Six Classes of Nutrients?
When you're studying nutrition you need to know the six classes of nutrients, plus what I call the not-quite-nutrients.
Learn About Carbohydrates
Simple and complex carbohydrates are the main forms of energy our bodies use every day.
How Much Sugar Is Too Much?
Got a sweet tooth? Here's how to determine the amount of sugar you can eat each day and still maintain a healthy diet.
Unhealthy Lifestyle and Americans
A Michigan State University study shows that very few Americans follow four basic healthy lifestyle characteristics.
Nutrients -- What They Are and Why You Need Them
Nutrients come from the foods you eat - learn more about the different types of nutrients and why you need them.
What You Should Know if You Can't Give Up Bacon
Bacon is high in fat and sodium, but many people love bacon and want to keep it in their diets. However, a small amount of bacon isn't bad for your health.
Low-Carb Foods Can Be Healthy
Low-carb diets can be healthy or unhealthy depending upon which foods you choose. Here are some tips for choosing the best foods for a low-carb diet.
What you need to know about taking too much...
Selenium can work like an antioxidant in your body, so it can be beneficial. But there are also side effects if you take too much.
Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C?
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig describes the symptoms of a vitamin C deficiency.
How to Tell the Difference Between Good Fish...
Fish is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Still, there are times when it isn't a good idea to add lots of fish to your diet.
Why You Need Vitamin A and Where to Find It
A description of the symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency.
Helpful Advice on Increasing Your Calcium Intake
Your body needs calcium. You get it from eating foods that contain calcium, like milk and dairy products.
How to Eat Effectively Before and After Exercise
You might want to eat small snack if you're hungry, but eating a large meal right before you exercise may leave you feeling sluggish.
Free Radicals Glossary Definition
Free radicals cause cellular damage. Exposure comes from environmental and dietary sources.
10 Quick Facts About Magnesium
Magnesium is essential for a large number of biochemical reactions. Here's what you need to know about this important mineral.
These Hormones Regulate Digestion
Here's a look at some of the hormones that help regulate digestion as it occurs in the gastrointestinal tract.
How Much Water Do I Need When I'm Hungover?
So you drank too much last night and you're looking for hangover help. Drink some water -- it will help. I promise.
Why Chronic Dehydration May Cause Back Pain
Drinking water may help your back pain.
How to Eat a Healthy Diet on the Weekends
Do you eat right during the week but blow your diet on the weekend? Tips for avoiding weekend diet traps.
Nutrition Facts for Beer
Beer can be good for you in small amounts. Here's a list of calorie counts, nutritional facts and information on nutrients for beer.
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