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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories 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.
5 Things Everyone Should Know About Nutrition
Nutrition really isn't that difficult -- here's what you need to know about diet and 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.
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.
9 Things You Need to Know About Calories
Calories can be confusing and people usually have a few questions about them. Here's a list of seven questions about calories and our answers.
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.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why You Should Try the Mediterranean Diet
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig explains how to follow a Mediterranean diet.
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 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.
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 Swaps to Make Your Kid's Bag Lunch Healthier
These five lunch swaps can help you make healthier lunches for your kids. That way they'll eat right when they're at school.
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.
Five Fabulous Foods for Fiber
Your body needs fiber. Your mouth wants delicious foods. Here are five tasty foods that accomplish both.
10 Best Foods for Your Sex Life
Start with a healthy diet, then add specific nutrient-dense foods that are good for sexual function.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
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.
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.
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.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
2 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
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.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2).
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 Make Your Own Homemade Protein Bars
Here's why you should make protein bars at home. You can save money and choose healthier ingredients.
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.
Is the DASH Diet Eating Plan Right For You?
Learn about the DASH Diet -- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
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.
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.
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.
5 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Blueberries
Blueberries are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but low in calories. Here's why you should be eating more of them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Learn What to Expect From a Niacin Flush
Some people experience a niacin flush when they take larger doses of niacin supplements.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat.
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.
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.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
Our Best Tips for Successfully Losing Weight
A nutritionist's tips for following a weight loss diet.
Should You Try the Nordic Diet?
Description of the Nordic diet -- similar to the Mediterranean diet.
What Can Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
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.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Answer two questions to calculate your BMI. Find out if you're overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
Is Milk Good for an Ulcer?
A reader wants to know if drinking milk will help or hurt a peptic ulcer.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 Make Healthy Flavored Water at Home
Tired of boring water? Give it a lift with these awesome water-flavoring tips.
Use Your Bread Machine to Make Spelt Bread
Make your own spelt bread in a bread machine at home with this simple recipe.
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.
Understanding Your Daily Protein Requirements
Protein is necessary for repairing and maintaing the organs and tissues in your body. Learn how much dietary protein you need to consume each day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for Increasing Your Appetite
Tips for boosting your appetite and what to eat when you don't feel like eating.
Unhealthy Lifestyle and Americans
A Michigan State University study shows that very few Americans follow four basic healthy lifestyle characteristics.
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 to Read Nutrition Facts Food Labels
Learn how to read the food labels you'll find on the foods you buy.
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.
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.
Learn How Fat Is Digested
This nutrition lesson will help you learn how fats are digested.
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.
Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics for...
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are good for your health and prebiotics help them grow and flourish.
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.
Trying to Lose Weight? Don't Skip Breakfast
Learn why eating a healthy balanced breakfast gives you a good start to the day.
Your Daily Calorie Need Decreases with Age
Find out why you need fewer calories as you age because you lose muscle mass and your metabolism slows down. Here's what you can do to maintain a healthy weight.
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
The Big Deal About Green Tea
Green tea usually makes the lists of superfoods because it may have to potential to prevent cancer. Learn more about green tea.
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 Dehydration May Be Causing Your Headache
Learn about a possible link between headaches and dehydration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Body Mass Index Result
Results page for calculating your BMI. Your BMI can help you determine if you're overweight or underweight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Enriched and Fortified Foods?
Replacing lost nutrients is called enriching and adding nutrients that aren't naturally there is called fortification.
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.
Explore the USDA Food Pyramid
The dairy products and proteins are two food groups included in the USDA Food Pyramid. The old pyramid has been replaced with a plate.
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.
Chicken Wings
Eight chicken wing sections that have been baked in the oven contain 300 calories. Page 6.
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.
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.
Does Dealcoholized Wine Have Health Benefits?
Dealcoholized wine retains the antioxidants found in regular wine, but without the alcohol. Could it be good for your health?
Why You Need Vitamin A and Where to Find It
A description of the symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency.
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.
Spaghetti Squash -- Nutrition Information
Nutrition information for spaghetti squash. It's nutritious and low in calories.
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.
Understanding the Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Nutrition information and calorie count for pomegranates.
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.
Iron Deficiency Signs and Symptoms
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig describes the symptoms of iron deficiency.
Consistent Carbohydrate Diet and Type 2 Diabetes
The Consistent Carbohydrate Diet requires you to keep a level intake of carbohydrates throughout each day, and from one day to the next.
Why Chronic Dehydration May Cause Back Pain
Drinking water may help your back pain.
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.
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.
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.
Amino Acid Side Chains
Learn about amino acid side chains, which are the parts of amino acids that differentiate them from each other.
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