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Hydration Calculator - How Much Water Do You...
Hydration Calculator Water is essential for your good health and you might need more water than you think.
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.
Hydration Calculator Results
Results for the daily hydration calculator. Here's how much water you need to drink every day.
23 Foods That Are Crazy Low In Calories
Lose weight by eating low-calorie foods that are wholesome and good for your health. Avoid the heavily processed diet foods.
13 Ways to Increase Your Calcium Intake With...
Dairy products are rich in calcium that's essential for strong bones and teeth. Here are 13 healthy ways to use dairy to get calcium into your diet.
15 Potassium-Rich Foods You Need to Be Eating
Potassium is essential for good health and you need to know which foods are high in potassium.
15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Be Eating
Inflammation is a normal response to injury or irritation, chronic inflammation isn't a good thing. The foods you eat might help battle inflammation.
6 Healthy Ways to Cook Fish
Fish is good for your heart as long you serve it as part of a healthy meal. Here are six ways to serve fish.
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 Women
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
Low on Energy? 13 Foods High in Iron
Iron is an essential mineral, ​and these foods will help you boost your iron intake. Iron is found in both plant and animal sources of food.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
The 7 Best Fish for Omega-3 Fatty Acids
In general, fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. But some fish have more than others and these seven fish have the most.
3 Reasons You're Addicted to Junk Food
Eating too much junk food is bad for your health because it's high in calories but low in good nutrition. But junk food is popular -- here's why.
These 9 Foods Will Help You Gain Weight
Eating energy-dense foods will help you gain weight - but please choose foods that are good for you instead of junk foods.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every day.
11 Tips for Gaining Weight
Gaining weight means you'll need to consume more calories than you burn every day - here's some of our favorite weight-gaining tips.
Calorie Calculator
It's not easy to lose weight by guessing - you need to know how may calories you need per day. My calorie calculators determine your daily calorie need.
15 Calcium Sources That Don't Require a Cow
Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium, but you can get plenty of calcium from these plant-based foods -- no cows needed.
Serving Sizes for 18 Fruits and Vegetables
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
A clear liquid diet includes juice, broth, water, sports drinks, clear soft drinks, and gelatin. Tips and ideas for following a clear liquid diet.
This Is What a Balanced Meal Plan Looks Like
One example of how to prepare an easy balanced menu for an entire day.
Is the Nitrate in Leftover Vegetables Harmful?
Nitrates in vegetables aren't going to hurt you so save them, heat them and eat them.
How Many Calories in a Baked Potato?
Plain baked potatoes aren't too high in calories -- it's what you put on top of them that adds up. Learn how your favorite potato toppings stack up.
Is There an Easy Way to Convert Grams to...
It's difficult to convert grams to teaspoons when you read recipes because grams measure mass and teaspoons measure volume.
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.
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.
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.
6 Fast and Healthy Meal Ideas
I know you don't always have much time to spend on dinner but you need it to be healthy. Here are six ideas for serving a quick and nutritious family meal.
2 Sample Menus for a 1,200 Calorie Diet
Two delicious 1,200 calorie per day menu plans. Safe, effective and contains all the nutrients you need while maintaining a low calorie count.
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.
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.
7 Foods That Cause a Bloated Belly
Bloating is that uncomfortable feeling that happens when you eat too much or build up gas. Learn about foods that can cause bloating.
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.
11 Foods to Get More Vitamin D in Your Diet
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones. Most is made by your body when your skin is exposed to sunlight, but there are some food sources, see our slideshow.
14 Simple Ways to Increase Your Fiber Intake
Fiber is essential for normal digestive system function. Most people don't get enough fiber in their diets - here's how to increase your fiber intake.
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.
Does Iceberg Lettuce Have Any Nutritional Value?
Iceberg lettuce has a wonderful crispness that makes it a favorite salad green. It's not as nutritious as darker greens, but it's still good for you.
The 10 Best Plant Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health. Fatty ocean fish are the best sources, but there are plenty of plant-based sources of omega-3s, too.
11 Foods That Are Good for Your Heart
Here's a look at our favorite heart-healthy foods. They're easy to find in any grocery store.
Vitamin B-12 Requirements and Dietary Sources
Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble vitamin necessary for several body functions. It's found in meat and animal products.
What Are Enriched and Fortified Foods?
Replacing lost nutrients is called enriching and adding nutrients that aren't naturally there is called fortification.
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.
Eat These Foods to Boost Your Probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are good for your health and prebiotics are indigestible carbohydrates​ that help them grow and flourish.
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.
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.
Make Breakfast in a Hurry
Don't skip breakfast. Here are some foods that are ready to eat or are easy to prepare so you can have something to eat for breakfast when you're in a hurry.
How to Get More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your...
Eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day to get vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.
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 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.
10 Healthy Fruit Smoothies All Under 300 Calories
Fruit smoothies are delicious, easy to make and so good for you. Here are some tips and recipes for healthy fruit smoothies with less than 300 calories.
Why the Mediterranean Diet Can Help You Live...
Here's how to follow a Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is good for your heart health and overall health.
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 person with diabetes who wants to consume a little sugar.
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.
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.
Is Drinking Beer in Moderation Good for Your...
Beer contains alcohol so some people should not drink it, however for those who can, drinking beer in moderation may be good for your health.
17 Whole Grains You Should Be Eating
Whole grains are rich in fiber and nutrients and should be part of a healthy diet.
What Are the Benefits of Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances found in the foods you eat -- and in some dietary supplements. They'll help protect your body from free-radical damage.
Re-Boiling Water Doesn't Cause Cancer
As long as your water is clean, re-boiling it will not cause cancer. Learn why boiling drinking water may be a bad idea, but only in rare cases.
2 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
The Major Dietary Minerals and Where to Find Them
Major minerals are particularly important for healthy bones, teeth, muscles and fluid balance in the body.
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.
10 Super Foods That Lower Cholesterol (Plus...
Diet and lifestyle changes can help reduce your cholesterol levels. These foods have been shown to reduce cholesterol.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
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.
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.
Are GMO Foods Really Bad for Your Health?
Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, are safe to consume. Learn what's behind the movement toward genetically modifying foods and how we know they're safe.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
Are All Processed Foods Unhealthy?
Processed foods have been changed from their natural state -- some are good for you and some are bad. Click to learn more about processed foods.
Why Eggs Are Good for You
Eggs are high in cholesterol, but they're also loaded with good nutrition. Learn why eating an egg or two every day just might be good for your diet.
Why You Need Potassium -- And How Much
Find out why the mineral potassium is so important for nervous system functionality and other bodily functions. In what foods can you find potassium?
Our Best Tips for Successfully Losing Weight
I've lost weight and you can too. I'm a nutritionist and these are my tips for following a weight loss diet.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat. Learn more about this interesting field.
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.
What's the Difference Between a Dietitian and...
Both nutritionists and dietitians can help you eat right. Learn about the differences and how to find the one that's right for you.
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.
Learn What to Expect From a Niacin Flush
A niacin flush is a physical reaction that occurs after you take large doses of niacin supplements. It's not dangerous, but it can be frightening.
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.
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.
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.
25 Foods to Keep Your Bones Strong
Your bones need several nutrients in order to stay strong. These 25 foods help supply those nutrients.
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.
Iron Deficiency Signs and Symptoms
An iron deficiency leads to anemia and you may feel weak and tired. Eating foods rich in iron will prevent iron deficiency symptoms.
What Is an Alkaline Diet and Does It Work?
Proponents of the alkaline diet say eating a diet rich in alkaline-forming foods leads to better health. Science doesn't support these claims.
Can I Take Omega-3 Supplements Instead of...
A reader wants to know if it's okay to take omega-3 fatty acid supplements because she doesn't like to eat fish.
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. Best to avoid eating them to reduce your chance of an attack.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2). They're both effective as dietary supplements.
15 Foods That Are High in Vitamin C
Your body needs vitamin C for so many reasons including immune system function and healthy skin. Here's a look at foods that are high in vitamin C.
15 Excellent Fish and Shellfish for Avoiding...
Fish and shellfish are good for your diet as long as they're not high in mercury. Here's a list of 15 fish and shellfish that are low in mercury.
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.
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.
How to Make Healthy Oven Roasted Potatoes
Try roasting potatoes. It's an easy recipe with roasted potatoes, olive oil and rosemary.
A Week of Healthy Meal Plans
Description and links to a week's worth of healthful balanced menus -- perfect for someone who doesn't have any dietary restrictions.
Amino Acid Side Chains
Learn about amino acid side chains, which are the parts of amino acids that differentiate them from each other.
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.
Is Milk Good for an Ulcer?
A reader wants to know if drinking milk will help or hurt a peptic ulcer. Find out if you should drink milk if you have an ulcer.
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.
Learn About Carbohydrates
Simple and complex carbohydrates are the primary​ forms of energy our bodies use every day. Learn more about sugar, starch and fiber.
How Much Protein Should a Person with Diabetes...
Protein is an essential nutrient but does increase​ your protein intake improve your blood sugar levels? Found out how much protein a person with diabetes needs.
Day Two of a Seven Day Meal Plan
Day two meal plan for a week of healthy eating for a person who needs about 2250 calories per day and has no health restrictions.
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. Learn more about the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.
Why Are Complex Carbs an Important Part of Your...
Complex carbohydrates include starches and fiber and are found in plant-sourced foods. Whole grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes are good sources.
Does Soaking / Rinsing Potatoes Reduce Starch...
Low-carb dieters have given up on potatoes because they're high in starch, which is a type of complex carbohydrate. Is it possible to reduce the starch in potatoes? Find out.
Spaghetti Squash -- Nutrition Information
Nutrition information for spaghetti squash. It's nutritious and low in calories.
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
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.
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.
Do you really need more protein when you...
A healthy diet provides enough protein for the average person. Exercise doesn't increase your need for protein unless you're an elite athlete.

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