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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Healthy Foods that May Be Aphrodisiacs
Many foods are purported to be aphrodisiacs. They probably don't arouse anybody but many aphrodisiacs are healthy foods.
Quiz - Do You Have a Healthy Diet?
Do you eat right? Take this quiz to help you determine if you have a healthy diet.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
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.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why You Should Try the Mediterranean Diet
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig explains how to follow a Mediterranean diet.
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.
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.
Foods That Cause Gas
Gas can cause bloating and discomfort -- find out which foods cause gas.
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.
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.
People With Orthorexia Are Obsessed With Eating...
People with orthorexia will only eat healthy, or pure, foods, to the point of obsession.​
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.
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 Whole Grains You Should Be Eating
Whole grains are rich in fiber and nutrients and should be part of a healthy 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.
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'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 10 Best Foods for Your Sex Life
Start with a healthy diet, then add specific nutrient-dense foods that are good for sexual function.
4 Fresh Ideas for Serving Fruit
You need more fresh fruit - here are some ways for increasing your intake of fresh fruit.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
11 Foods Perfect for a Heart Healthy Diet
Here's a look at our favorite heart-healthy foods. They're easy to find in any grocery store.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat. Learn more about this interesting field.
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.
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.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
10 Ways You Can Beat 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.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2).
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.
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.
How to Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pregnant? Here's what not to eat.
You should continue your regular healthful diet when you're​ pregnant, but there are some foods you should avoid.
Learn What to Expect From a Niacin Flush
Some people experience a niacin flush when they take larger doses of niacin 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.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Improve Your Bad Diet Today
Is it time to turn your diet around? It's not difficult, but if you don't know what to do first, we've got you covered with these five easy tips.
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.
What Are Enriched and Fortified Foods?
Replacing lost nutrients is called enriching and adding nutrients that aren't naturally there is called fortification.
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.
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.
Our Best Tips for Successfully Losing Weight
A nutritionist's tips for following a weight loss 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.
Hey College Kids -- Here's How To Eat Healthy...
College students have a lot of adjustments to make when they're at school. Dietary change is one of them. Here are my tips for eating a healthy diet at college.
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.
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.
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 Foods for Both Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets
Many popular diets fall into the low-fat or low-carb categories. These ten delicious foods fit perfectly into both low-fat and low-carb diets.
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.
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.
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 the DASH Diet Eating Plan Right For You?
Learn about the DASH Diet -- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
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 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.
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.
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.
Magnesium Deficiency Signs and Symptoms
Magnesium is a mineral your body needs for a variety of functions. Learn more about the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
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.
Learn How Fat Is Digested
This nutrition lesson will help you learn how fats are digested.
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.
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.
Shopping for Healthy Foods at the Grocery Store
Here's how to find the healthy foods in the grocery store -- shop around the edges and avoid the junk food aisles.
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.

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