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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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Holiday Foods That Will Ruin Your Diet
Many holiday foods are packed with fat, sugar or sodium -- they're delicious, but they're bad for your diet. These 10 holiday foods may be the worst.
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.
Quiz - Do You Have a Healthy Diet?
Do you eat right? Take this quiz to help you determine if you have a healthy diet.
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.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
10 Holiday Foods that Are Actually Good for You
The holiday season is tough on a healthy diet, but there are some traditional​ holiday foods that just might be good for you. Learn more.
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.
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.
10 Untrendy Superfoods Every Kitchen Needs
Not all superfoods are exotic, expensive or trendy. These seven simple superfoods should be a staple in every kitchen.
How Many Calories Do I Need Each Day?
The Harris-Benedict formula is used to determine your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Add your active metabolic rate and you have your daily calorie need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Is What a Balanced Meal Plan Looks Like
One example of how to prepare an easy balanced menu for an entire day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foods You Shouldn't Eat When You Have Gout
Gout is painful -- here's a look at the foods that can trigger a gout attack. Avoiding these foods may help reduce your chance of an attack.
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.
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.
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.
17 Magnesium-Rich Foods
Magnesium is a major mineral your body needs for a number of reasons. Learn more about magnesium and which foods are good sources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diet Help for End Stage Chronic Kidney Disease
Your diet may change during the end stage of kidney disease and when you start dialysis. You may need more protein, less sodium, and more calories.
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.
17 Whole Grains You Should Be Eating
Whole grains are rich in fiber and nutrients and should be part of a healthy diet.
Are All Processed Foods Unhealthy?
Processed foods have been changed from their natural state -- some are good for you and some are bad. Learn more about processed foods.
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.
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.
Diet Help 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, phosphorus and sodium.
25 Foods to Keep Your Bones Strong
Your bones need several nutrients in order to stay strong. These 25 foods help supply those nutrients.
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.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
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 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.
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.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
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.
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.
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.
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.
2 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
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.
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.
What Foods Interact with Coumadin?
Warfarin is an anticoagulant medication. If you take warfarin you may need to monitor your vitamin K intake. Here's a list of foods high in vitamin K.
Vitamin K Requirements and Dietary Sources
Vitamin K is required for normal blood clotting. It's found in dark leafy green vegetables.
Which Form of Vitamin D is Better, D2 or D3?
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2). They're both effective as dietary supplements.
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.
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.
Why You Need Potassium -- And How Much
Potassium is important for nervous system function and fluid balance. Find out how much potassium you need and which foods are the best sources.
Is the Nitrate in Leftover Vegetables Harmful?
Nitrates in vegetables aren't going to hurt you so save them, heat them and eat them.
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.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat. Learn more about this interesting field.
The Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair
These foods will ensure you get an adequate intake of the nutrients your hair needs to be healthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Can I Control My Constant Snacking?
Snacking isn't all bad, but if you want to cut back on your snacking, you may need to break the habits that lead to mindless eating.
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.
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.
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.
20 Healthy Ways to Eat Pomegranates
Pomegranates are nutritious and can be used in a variety of dishes. Learn about healthy ways to use pomegranates. Includes links to recipes.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
These Foods Cause Gas
Gas can cause bloating and discomfort -- find out which foods cause gas. Cutting back on these foods may help reduce discomfort from gas.
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.
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 include starches and fiber and are found in plant-sourced foods. Whole grains, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes are good sources.
How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables to Remove...
You must wash your fruits and vegetables before serving or eating them. Here's how.

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