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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.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
10 Ways to Destroy Junk Food Cravings
Junk food cravings can make you miserable and result in weight gain if you overeat. Learn how to beat your food cravings with these ten tips.
Hydration Calculator Results
Results for the daily hydration calculator. Here's how much water you need to drink every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator for Women
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
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.
14 Healthy and Delicious Ways To Serve Pears
Pears are a good source of fiber and vitamin C and I've got some great ideas for serving pears, along with links to healthy recipes featuring pears.
Healthy Ways to Prepare Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are delicious​ and full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Here are seven delicious and healthy ways to serve sweet potatoes.
Eat These 15 Healthy Lutein-Rich Foods
Lutein is an antioxidant found in yellow and orange pigments. Eating these 15 lutein-rich foods may be good for your health.
Quiz - Do You Have a Healthy Diet?
Do you eat right? Take this quiz to help you determine if you have a healthy diet.
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.
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.
15 Foods That Are High in Vitamin C
Your body needs vitamin C to be healthy - here's a look at foods that are high in vitamin C
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 for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Grams and teaspoons are different types of measurements. One is weight and one is volume so you can't convert them directly.
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.
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.
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.
25 Foods to Keep Your Bones Strong
Your bones need several nutrients in order to stay strong. These 25 foods help supply those nutrients.
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.
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 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.
Free Radicals Glossary Definition
Free radicals cause cellular damage. Exposure comes from environmental and dietary sources.
17 Whole Grains You Should Be Eating
Whole grains are rich in fiber and nutrients and should be part of a healthy diet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Test Your Knowledge of Dietary Minerals
Take this fun and informative quiz to test your knowledge of dietary minerals.
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 substances found in the foods you eat -- and in some dietary supplements. They'll help protect your body from free-radical damage.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
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.
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.
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.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
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.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 10 Best Foods for Your Sex Life
Start with a healthy diet, then add specific nutrient-dense foods that are good for sexual function.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should You Avoid Gluten and Dairy to Lose Weight?
Eating a diet that requires you to avoid glutens and dairy products could lead to eating an unbalanced diet. In most cases, these diets aren't needed.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat. Learn more about this interesting field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Requirements and Dietary Sources
Vitamin D is synthesized in your body when your skin is exposed to the sun. It's needed for healthy bones and teeth -- learn more about vitamin D.
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.
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.
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.
Magnesium Requirements and Dietary Sources
Magnesium is found in nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes and dark green vegetables. It's required for normal muscle and nerve function.
How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables to Remove...
You must wash your fruits and vegetables before serving or eating them. Here's how.
Beverage Calorie-Counting Quiz
Take this fun and informative quiz to test your knowledge of the calorie counts for several popular beverages.
How to Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
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.
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 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.
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.
8 Top Foods for Healthy Eyes
The foods you eat provide the nutrients​ you need for healthy eyes. Take a look at some foods that may be good for your eyes and vision.
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.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Answer two questions to calculate your BMI. Find out if you're overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight.
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.
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.
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.

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