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Hydration Calculator
Hydration Calculator Water is essential for good health, but you might need more water than you think.
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
Calorie Calculator for Women
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
Hydration Calculator Results
Results for the daily hydration calculator. Here's how much water you need to drink every day.
The Ultimate List of Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Eating anti-inflammatory foods may be able to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and decrease your risk for chronic diseases.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every day.
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.
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.
Quiz - Do You Have a Healthy Diet?
Do you eat right? Take this quiz to help you determine if you have a healthy diet.
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.
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.
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.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
Boring Water Be Gone!
Tired of boring water? Give it a lift with these awesome water-flavoring tips.
Are All Processed Foods Bad for You?
Processed foods have been changed from their natural state -- some are good for you and some are bad.
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.
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 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.
Is Your Daily Menu Healthy and Balanced?
One example of how to prepare an easy balanced menu for an entire day.
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.
2 Sample Menus for a 1200 Calorie a day Diet
A menu that can help you get started on a low calorie diet.
Learn What to Expect from a Niacin Flush
Some people experience a niacin flush when they take larger doses of niacin supplements.
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.
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.
Our Best Tips for Successfully Losing Weight
A nutritionist's tips for following a weight loss diet.
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.
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.
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.
Why Does Eating Asparagus Make Urine Smell Bad?
Some people find that eating asparagus gives their urine a distinctive odor. But it doesn't happen to everyone, find out why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eating these Foods May Help Prevent Cancer
These superfoods are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals that may help to reduce your risk of cancer.
What's the Difference Between a Dietitian and...
Both nutritionists and dietitians can help you eat right.
Is Decaf Green Tea Better or Worse For You Than...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
Ask a Nutrition Question
About.com Nutrition Expert Shereen Jegtvig, MS, answers your questions about nutrition.
How to Keep it Simple When Eating Healthier
Skip fad diets and just eat a balanced diet with the right amount of nutritious foods.
3 Foods You Should Avoid With Gout
Gout is painful -- here's a look at the foods that can trigger a gout attack.
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.
Adding More Fiber to Your Diet
Medically reviewed information about soluble and insoluble fibers. Includes a list of high-fiber foods.
Could Drinking a Little Beer Be 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.
Vegan? Learn How to Combine Proteins Right for...
Plant proteins lack one or more amino acids. Learn how to combine protein sources to provide all the amino acids you need.
How to Regularly Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight...
Learn why eating a healthy balanced breakfast gives you a good start to the day.
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.
What Happens if You Take Too Much Iron?
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 because you can take too much iron.
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.
What Can Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2).
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.
2 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
What is Spelt?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How You Can Easily Follow a Low-Calorie Diet
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.
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.
The Health Benefits of Chia Seeds: A Central...
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.
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.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Answer two questions to calculate your BMI. Find out if you're overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight.
Is Milk Good for an Ulcer?
A reader wants to know if drinking milk will help or hurt a peptic ulcer.
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.
Nutrients Lost When You Cut and Store Fruits...
Cutting or peeling vegetables exposes their flesh to oxygen in the air. This causes a reduction of some of the antioxidant vitamins.
Tips for 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.
Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics for...
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are good for your health and prebiotics help them grow and flourish.
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.
Healthy Meals in a Hurry
Be prepared with healthy ingredients or nutritious foods that can be prepared quickly.
Antioxidants -- What are They Good For?
Antioxidants are found in the foods you eat and in some dietary supplements. Learn about antioxidants and how they can improve your health.
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.
Is There a Link Between Strawberries and Birth...
Strawberries don't cause birth defects. In fact, they contain folate, which can prevent a certain type of birth defect called spina bifida.
Drinking Too Much Water -- Hyponatremia
Your body needs water, but it's possible to drink too much water if you drink a large amount all at once. It causes a condition known as hyponatremia.
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.
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.
Nutrition Information for Oysters
Oysters contain protein and minerals but are low in fat and calories. Learn more about why eating oysters is good for your health.
The Health Benefits of Peanuts and Peanut...
Peanuts and peanut butter are good for you because they contain healthy fats, protein, niacin, folate and even a little fiber.
Raspberry Ketone -- All Show, No Go
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.
A Quick Guide on Eating Berries: A Low Calorie...
Berries are sweet little treats that pack a powerful nutritional punch. Learn more about the health benefits of eating berries.
Good Fish, Bad 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.
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.
Foods That are High in 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 are Dried Fruits Higher in Sugar Than...
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.
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.
Almond or Peanut Butter: Find Out Which Packs A...
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.
Make Your Own Homemade Protein Bars
Here's why you should make protein bars at home. You can save money and choose healthier ingredients.
Cooking Healthy Foods on the Grill
Learn how to use your barbecue grill for preparing healthful foods.
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.
Spelt Bread Recipe for a Bread Machine
Make your own spelt bread in a bread machine at home with this simple recipe.
Best Products for Avoiding Bisphenol A
My list of popular oroducts that will help you avoid Bisphenol A.
Learn About Fat Digestion
This lesson will help you learn how fats are digested.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat.
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.
The Facts About Calcium Propionate: Much...
Calcium propionate is a preservative added to bread and baked goods. It keeps bread fresh by preventing bacterial and mold growth.
Americans Don't Have Healthy Lifestyles
A Michigan State University study shows that very few Americans follow four basic healthy lifestyle characteristics.
How Much Sugar Can a Diabetic Have?
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.
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.
Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Day One
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.
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.
How to Create an Effective Eating Plan for...
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.
Why Dehydration May Be Causing Your Headache
Learn about a possible link between headaches and dehydration.
Why You Probably Don't Need to Avoid Gluten or...
Some fad diets require you to avoid whole food groups,which could lead to eating an unbalanced diet. Learn why eating a balanced diet is better.
Chronic Dehydration May Cause Back Pain
Drinking water may help your back pain.
How to Increase Your Appetite
Tips for boosting your appetite and what to eat when you don't feel like eating.
How to Curb Portion Sizes and Eat Ideal...
Portions of foods at meals are getting bigger and it is one reason people gain weight. Here's how to watch your portion sizes.
Food Fight: Frozen Yogurt Versus Regular Yogurt
Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria and is an excellent source of calcium. Find out if frozen yogurt is as nutritious as regular yogurt, and see how it compares to ice cream.
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.
Will B Vitamins Give Me Energy?
B-complex vitamins are essential for energy metabolism, but does that mean taking more of them will increase your energy? Probably not.
Why Eating Late at Night is Actually Normal and...
Some people eat later in the evening, which may be normal. However, some people have a disorder called night eating syndrome that can lead to health problems.
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.
Is Body Mass Index the Right Weight Assessment...
The body mass index helps you determine if you are underweight, overweight, obese or at a healthy weight.
What Not to Do on a Low-Calorie Diet
You may already know what to do when your'e on a low-calorie diet, but what are some of the things you shouldn't do? Learn more.
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.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup: It's...
Find out if there is a difference between high fructose corn syrup and regular white sugar.
Benefits and Side Effects of Selenium
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.
Trace Minerals
The trace minerals are necessary for health, but you only need a very small amount of each mineral.
Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis causes discomfort and dysfunction in sufferers. It's possible that eating certain foods might make the pain worse.
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.
A Salad That's a Full Meal
Salads are often served before a main course, however a large salad can be served as a meal all by itself.
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.
Print Your Own Healthy Foods Grocery List
Print out this handy grocery shopping list filled with healthy foods, from your nutrition guide, Shereen Jegtvig.
Tips on Washing Fruits and Vegetables to Remove...
You must wash your fruits and vegetables before serving or eating them. Here's how.
Sodium Requirements and Dietary Sources
Sodium in a major mineral required for fluid balance and blood pressure. It's found in processed foods and natural foods.
Understanding Your Daily Protein Requirements
Protein is necessary for repairing and maintaing the organs and tissues in your body. Learn how much dietary protein you need to consume each day.
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.
Sucralose - Safety and Information
Sucralose is a non-nutritive artificial sweetener used in many products to give a sweet flavor to food without adding calories.
Vegetables and Tofu
A whole 16-ounce bag of frozen vegetables and three servings of silken tofu contain 300 calories, 10 grams of fiber, 36 grams of carbohydrates, 22 grams of protein, very little fat, lots of vitamin C, iron and calcium.
Tips for Weighing Yourself on a Scale
Use a simple bathroom scale to keep track of your weight. Here are my tips for using a scale to measure your body weight.
Nutrition Information for Raisins
Raisins are dried grapes and they maintain most of the nutrients after they're processed. Learn more about the nutritional value of raisins.
Healthy Foods for Both Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets
Ten delicious foods that fit perfectly into both low-fat and low-carb diets.
Baby Food Diet - 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?
How You Can Stick to Your Diet
Dietary changes can be difficult, so here are tips for sticking to your diet.
Is Dark Chocolate Really Good For Heart Health?
The research behind the claims that dark chocolate is good for your heart isn't all that convincing. Find out why.
Is a Low-Carb Diet 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.
Diet for End Stage Chronic Kidney Disease
Your diet may change when you start dialysis during the end stage of kidney disease. You'll need more protein and possibly more calories.
What to Do When You Cheat on Your Diet
You cheated on your diet and you're afraid you'll never eat healthy again. Here's what you need to do to get back on your diet.
Diet for Early Stages of Kidney Failure
If you've been diagnosed with early kidney failure, you'll need to make some dietary changes, including a reduction in protein.
Best Dietary Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Have you been told you need to eat more omega-3 fats? Here's a list of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids and tips for incorporating them into your diet.
Which is Worse, Eating a Pan of Brownies at...
A reader wants to know if it's worse to eat a whole pan of brownies in one day, or to spread them out over a few days. Here's my answer.
The Okinawas 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.
Is Sea Salt Better Than Regular Salt?
Sea salt and regular salt have the same chemical composition so why do some people think sea salt is better for you than regular table salt?
Protein Structure and Metabolism Quiz
Take this fun and informative quiz to test your knowledge of proteins and amino acids.

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