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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.
Hydration Calculator Results
Results for the daily hydration calculator. Here's how much water you need to drink every day.
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.
Calorie Calculator for Women
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every day.
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.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
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.
2 Sample Menus for a 1200 Calorie Diet
A menu that can help you get started on a low calorie diet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Is What a Balanced Meal Plan Looks Like
One example of how to prepare an easy balanced menu for an entire day.
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's the Difference Between a Dietitian and...
Both nutritionists and dietitians can help you eat right.
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.
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.
5 Swaps to Make Your Kid's Bag Lunch Healthier
Make these 5 easy swaps to make your kids' lunches just a little bit healthier. They'll work for your lunch too.
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.
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.
Learn What to Expect From a Niacin Flush
Some people experience a niacin flush when they take larger doses of niacin supplements.
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.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should You Try the Nordic Diet?
Description of the Nordic diet -- similar to the Mediterranean diet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
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.
Ask a Nutrition Question
About.com Nutrition Expert Shereen Lehman, MS, answers your questions about nutrition.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What Can Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
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.
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.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat.
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.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2).
Ditch Whole-Grains and Eat These Surprisingly...
Medically reviewed information about soluble and insoluble fibers. Includes a list of high-fiber foods.
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.
Should You Avoid Gluten and Dairy to Lose Weight?
Eating a diet that requires you to avoid glutens and diary products could lead to eating an unbalanced diet. In most cases, these diets aren't needed.
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.
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.
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.
Can You Really Drink Too Much Water?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Your Bread Machine to Make Spelt Bread
Make your own spelt bread in a bread machine at home with this simple recipe.
How to Increase Your Appetite
Tips for boosting your appetite and what to eat when you don't feel like eating.
Trying to Lose Weight? Don't Skip Breakfast
Learn why eating a healthy balanced breakfast gives you a good start to the day.
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.
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.
What to Pack for a Healthy School Lunch
Do you send lunch to school with your kids? Here's how to pack delicious and healthy school lunches.
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 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 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.
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.
Learn How Fat Is Digested
This nutrition lesson will help you learn how fats are digested.
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.
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.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
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.
Unhealthy Lifestyle and Americans
A Michigan State University study shows that very few Americans follow four basic healthy lifestyle characteristics.
Why Dehydration May Be Causing Your Headache
Learn about a possible link between headaches and dehydration.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics for...
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are good for your health and prebiotics help them grow and flourish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Healthy Oven Roasted Potatoes
Try roasting potatoes. It's an easy recipe with roasted potatoes, olive oil and rosemary.
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.
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.
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.
Is Milk Good for an Ulcer?
A reader wants to know if drinking milk will help or hurt a peptic ulcer.
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.
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 You Should Try the Mediterranean Diet
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig explains how to follow a Mediterranean diet.
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.
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.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Answer two questions to calculate your BMI. Find out if you're overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight.
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?
Boost Your Heart Health With Olive Oil
Olive oil is good for your heart because it contains healthy fats that might improve the health of your coronary arteries.
Use These Products to Avoid Bisphenol A (BPA)
My list of popular oroducts that will help you avoid Bisphenol A.
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
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.
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.
Well Fed Kids Do Better at School
Kids who eat healthier breakfasts tend to do better in school than kids who skip breakfast. Learn why your kids need healthful foods.
The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
Find out if there is a difference between high fructose corn syrup and regular white sugar.
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.
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.
How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables to Remove...
You must wash your fruits and vegetables before serving or eating them. Here's how.
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.
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 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.
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.
How Much Protein Should a Diabetic Eat?
Protein is an essential nutrient, but does increasing your protein intake improve your blood sugar levels? Found out how much protein a diabetic needs.
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.
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.
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.
Dispelling Rumors About Strawberries and...
Strawberries don't cause birth defects. In fact, they contain folate, which can prevent a certain type of birth defect called spina bifida.
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.
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.
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.
Why Chronic Dehydration May Cause Back Pain
Drinking water may help your back pain.
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.
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.
Why You Need Vitamin A and Where to Find It
A description of the symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency.
Measure Your Body With a Tape Measure
If you are trying to lose, gain or maintain your weight, you need to know your measurements. Here's how to measure your body with a tape measure.
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.
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.
How to Curb Your Portion Sizes
Portions of foods at meals are getting bigger and it is one reason people gain weight. Here's how to watch your portion sizes.
Drink More Water During Hot Weather
You need more water when your body temperature rises. Keep hydrated when you're working or exercising in hot temperatures.
Trace Minerals
The trace minerals are necessary for health, but you only need a very small amount of each mineral.
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