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Hydration Calculator - How Much Water Do You...
Hydration Calculator Water is essential for your good health, but you might need more water than you
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.
Hydration Calculator Results
Results for the daily hydration calculator. Here's how much water you need to drink every day.
Calorie Calculator for Women
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
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.
30 Foods High in Potassium
Do you need to get more potassium in your diet? Here's a list of potassium-rich foods and information about getting too much or too little potassium.
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 you can't convert them directly.
33 Foods to Help Reduce Inflammation
Eating certain foods may be able to reduce inflammation and decrease your risk for chronic diseases. Come learn more about anti-inflammatory foods.
The Best Foods to Eat if You Want to Gain Weight
Gain weight and stay healthy. These nine foods will help you gain weight and they're also good for you because they are nutritious foods.
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.
Banana, Blueberry and Walnut Spelt Bread -- So...
Make this hearty and healthy version of banana bread. Blueberries, walnuts and spelt make banana bread into a superfood.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every day.
Here's the Healthy Way to Gain Weight
Here's what you need to know if you want to gain weight. You must add calories, but do it with healthy nutrient-rich foods.
What Are Processed Foods and Are They All Bad?
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.
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.
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 Women
Here's the number of calories you need every day if you're a woman, plus information fat, carbohydrate and protein grams.
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.
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.
Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Day Two
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Is What a Balanced Meal Plan Looks Like
One example of how to prepare an easy balanced menu for an entire 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.
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.
5 Nutrients You Need for Healthy Skin
Your skin is your body's largest organ. Learn about the foods you can eat that may help keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
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.
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.
Is the Nitrate in Leftover Vegetables Harmful?
Nitrates in vegetables aren't going to hurt you so save them, heat them and eat them.
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.
7 Major Name Brand Grown-Up Cereals That Are...
Seven breakfast cereals that adults like and are good for a healthy diet. Plus another ten that aren't bad -- but aren't so good either.
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.
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.
Why Are Complex Carbs an Important Part of Your...
Complex carbohydrates are molecules made up of three or more sugars. Plant-based foods are rich sources of complex carbohydrates.
Why You Should Try the Mediterranean Diet
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig explains how to follow a Mediterranean diet.
Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Day Three
Day three meal plan for a week of healthy eating for a person who needs about 2250 calories per day and has no health restrictions.
Learn What to Expect From a Niacin Flush
Some people experience a niacin flush when they take larger doses of niacin supplements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
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.
Moderation - When Eating Something Bad is...
You may have an easier time eating more healthy foods if you actually let yourself have a treat now and then.
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.
Ditch Whole-Grains and Eat These Surprisingly...
Medically reviewed information about soluble and insoluble fibers. Includes a list of high-fiber foods.
Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Day Five
Day five meal plan for a week of healthy eating for a person who needs about 2250 calories per day. For someone with no health restrictions.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Day Seven
Day seven meal plan for a week of healthy eating for a person who needs about 2250 calories per day. Good for those with no health restrictions.
What Are the Signs of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency?
Some people aren't able to absorb vitamin B-12 or don't get enough from the diet. Learn the signs and symptoms of a B-12 deficiency.
Paleo Diet -- Another Fad
The Paleolithic Diet is another fad diet. This one claims you'll see health benefits and lose weight if you eat like a prehistoric human.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat.
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.
2 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Day Six
Day six meal plan for a week of healthy eating for a person who needs about 2250 calories per day. For someone with no health restrictions.
Our Best Tips for Successfully Losing Weight
A nutritionist's tips for following a weight loss 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. However, more research is required before we know if chia seeds have any extra health benefits beyond their nutrition.
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.
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.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2).
Total Fats and Types of Fats Don't Always Match
You're not misreading the fat information on the food labels. Here's why the amount of fatty acids doesn't always equal the amount of total fats.
How to Not Overeat During the Holidays
The holiday season means parties, family gatherings and lots of food. Here are some tips that will help to keep you from eating too much during the holidays.
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 Do You Do With That Mango? Try These Recipes
Mangos are delicious on their own, but I've found some recipes that are good too. Plus, I'll dig into the nutritional information for mangos.
Healthy Balanced Meal Plan Day Four
Day four meal plan for a week of healthy eating for a person who needs about 2250 calories per day. For someone with no health restrictions.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
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.
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.
7 Healthy Diet Tips for the Holidays
Holiday foods are usually high in sugar, fat and calories. Here are my 7 tips to help you stay healthy during the holiday eating season.
Learn How Fat Is Digested
This nutrition lesson will help you learn how fats are digested.
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 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.
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.
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.
Pregnant? Here's what not to eat.
You should continue your regular healthful diet when your'e pregnant, but there are some foods you should avoid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Can Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
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.
Use Your Bread Machine to Make Spelt Bread
Make your own spelt bread in a bread machine at home with this simple recipe.
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.
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.
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.
Why You Need Vitamin A and Where to Find It
A description of the symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency.
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.
The Best Foods to Help Prevent the Flu
Nutrition expert Dr. Lisa Hark has some tips for helping to prevent colds and flu by eating a healthy diet.
Understanding the Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Nutrition information and calorie count for pomegranates.
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.
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.
Tips for Increasing Your Appetite
Tips for boosting your appetite and what to eat when you don't feel like eating.
How to Make Healthy Flavored Water at Home
Tired of boring water? Give it a lift with these awesome water-flavoring tips.
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.
Selecting, Storing and Using Bananas
Bananas are easy to store, easy to eat and can be used in many different recipes. Learn more about the health benefits of eating bananas.
Which Foods Contain Vitamin D?
You normally make vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. But, if you can't get it from the sun, you can get vitamin D in a few foods.
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.
What Are Enriched and Fortified Foods?
Replacing lost nutrients is called enriching and adding nutrients that aren't naturally there is called fortification.
This is Why There's So Much Sodium in Processed...
Salt and other compounds that contain sodium are excellent food preservatives and flavor enhancers so food manufacturers use a lot of sodium.
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.
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.
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.
Trying to Lose Weight? Don't Skip Breakfast
Learn why eating a healthy balanced breakfast gives you a good start to the day.
5 Delicious Ways to Get Lycopene Into Your Diet
Lycopene is a red plant pigment that may be good for your health. Here are five foods that contain lycopene.
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 you need to know about taking too much...
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.
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.
Is Milk Good for an Ulcer?
A reader wants to know if drinking milk will help or hurt a peptic ulcer.
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 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.
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 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.
15 Recipes to Make Healthy Food Kid-Friendly
Children need healthy foods, so here's some ideas for what to feed your kids.
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.
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.
10 Quick Facts About Magnesium
Magnesium is essential for a large number of biochemical reactions. Here's what you need to know about this important mineral.
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.
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 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?
Why Chronic Dehydration May Cause Back Pain
Drinking water may help your back pain.
3 Nutrition Lies We Tell Ourselves
We made a list of lies we tell ourselves about eating -- because many of us stretch the truth about foods we want to eat.
Test Your Knowledge of Dietary Minerals
Take this fun and informative quiz to test your knowledge of dietary minerals.
Why Dehydration May Be Causing Your Headache
Learn about a possible link between headaches and dehydration.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cranberry Juice May Help Prevent Bladder...
Cranberry juice has beneficial antioxidants. Find out if cranberry juice can prevent cystitis.
Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics for...
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are good for your health and prebiotics help them grow and flourish.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Answer two questions to calculate your BMI. Find out if you're overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight.
The Differences Between Folate and Folic Acid
Folic acid is the synthetic counterpart to folate, a member of the B-complex family of vitamins found in green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits.
Prepare for storms and electrical outages with...
Nature can strike with tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters. Here's how to stock an emergency food pantry to get you through the next disaster.
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.
5 Things Everyone Should Know About Nutrition
Nutrition is a complex and multifaceted topic, but here are five things I think everyone needs to know about nutrition.
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.
Unhealthy Lifestyle and Americans
A Michigan State University study shows that very few Americans follow four basic healthy lifestyle characteristics.
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 to Read Nutrition Facts Food Labels
Use the serving information on the Nutrition Facts label to determine how many servings are in the package.
Are You Getting Enough Vitamin C?
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig describes the symptoms of a vitamin C deficiency.
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.
Nutrition Information for Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Learn how to choose, store, and prepare sweet potatoes.
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.
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.
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