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Hydration Calculator
Hydration Calculator Water is essential for your good health, but you might need more water than you
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.
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.
Hydration Calculator Results
Results for the daily hydration calculator. Here's how much water you need to drink every day.
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 for Women
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need to gain, lose or maintain weight.
General Nutrition Knowledge Quiz
Take this fun and informative test to see what you know about nutrition.
Quiz - Do You Have a Healthy Diet?
Do you eat right? Take this quiz to help you determine if you have a healthy diet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator for Men
Use this calculator to determine how many calories you need every day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Your Healthy Foods In Even While on a Road...
Why eat junk foods when you're on the road? Here are my tips for choosing nutritious foods and snacks when you travel.
This Is What a Balanced Meal Plan Looks Like
One example of how to prepare an easy balanced menu for an entire 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Three 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Is Decaf Green Tea as Healthy as Regular Green...
Does decaf green tea have the same benefits as green tea with caffeine?
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 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.
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.
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.
Why You Should Try the Mediterranean Diet
About.com nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig explains how to follow a Mediterranean 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.
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'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.
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 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.
Know Your Vitamin D Options So You Can Choose...
Two forms of vitamin D are used as supplements: cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2).
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.
Understanding Nutrition and What We Eat: A...
Nutrition is the study of what we eat.
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.
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.
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.
Calorie Calculator Results for Men
Here's the amount of calories you need every day if you're a man.
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.
Ditch Whole-Grains and Eat These Surprisingly...
Medically reviewed information about soluble and insoluble fibers. Includes a list of high-fiber foods.
2 Menu Choices for a 1,700 Calorie Diet
Help to get you started on a 1,700 calorie per day diet.
How Much Sugar Is Too Much?
Got a sweet tooth? Here's how to determine the amount of sugar you can eat each day and still maintain a healthy diet.
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.
Learn How Fat Is Digested
This nutrition lesson will help you learn how fats are digested.
Diet and Chronic Pancreatitis
Here's what you can eat if you are on a low-fat diet and have pancreatitis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Best Tips for Successfully Losing Weight
A nutritionist's tips for following a weight loss 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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Your Bread Machine to Make Spelt Bread
Make your own spelt bread in a bread machine at home with this simple recipe.
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Signs and Symptoms
Some people aren't able to absorb vitamin B-12 or don't get enough from the diet. Learn the signs and symptoms that come from a B-12 deficiency.
What Can Ruin a Healthy Breakfast
Here's an irreverent look at how to ruin a healthy breakfast.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Trying to Lose Weight? Don't Skip Breakfast
Learn why eating a healthy balanced breakfast gives you a good start to the day.
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.
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.
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.
How to Increase Your Appetite
Tips for boosting your appetite and what to eat when you don't feel like eating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Enriched and Fortified Foods?
Replacing lost nutrients is called enriching and adding nutrients that aren't naturally there is called fortification.
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.
Baby Food Diet for Adults - Fad or Fab?
Baby food dieters eat jars of baby food for one or two meals every day. Is this a realistic way to lose weight?
Is Milk Good for an Ulcer?
A reader wants to know if drinking milk will help or hurt a peptic ulcer.
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.
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.
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.
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
Understanding the Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Nutrition information and calorie count for pomegranates.
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 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.
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.
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.
Understanding Probiotics and Prebiotics for...
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are good for your health and prebiotics help them grow and flourish.
Why Dehydration May Be Causing Your Headache
Learn about a possible link between headaches and dehydration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
Find out if there is a difference between high fructose corn syrup and regular white sugar.
Why You Need Vitamin A and Where to Find It
A description of the symptoms of a vitamin A deficiency.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
How Much Water Do I Need When I'm Hungover?
So you drank too much last night and you're looking for hangover help. Drink some water -- it will help. I promise.
The Okinawans Live Longer Than Most, Maybe It's...
Residents of the Okinawa region of Japan have some of the longest lifespans in the entire world. One reason may be their diet.
Carrageenan is Not Bad for Your Health
Carrageenan is a food additive that's extracted from seaweed and used to thicken and stabilize certain foods. Learn more about carrageenan.
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.
Why Fad Diets Suck
Fad diets promise quick and easy weight loss as long as you follow the strict rules or buy dubious products.
Use These Products to Avoid Bisphenol A (BPA)
My list of popular oroducts that will help you avoid Bisphenol A.
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.
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.
Cranberry Juice May Help Prevent Bladder...
Cranberry juice has beneficial antioxidants. Find out if cranberry juice can prevent cystitis.
Amino Acid Side Chains
Learn about amino acid side chains, which are the parts of amino acids that differentiate them from each other.
Vitamin K Requirements and Dietary Sources
Vitamin K is required for normal blood clotting. It's found in dark leafy green vegetables.
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 is Nitrogen Flushing and is it Safe?
Nitrogen flushing is a preservation method used to protect packaged foods, such as coffee beans, nuts, and chips. Here's how it's done.
How Long Will Almonds Last in the Pantry or...
Almonds will last over a year as long as you keep them at at a cool temperature.
Trace Minerals
The trace minerals are necessary for health, but you only need a very small amount of each mineral.
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.
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.
How to Eat for Better Sleep
The foods you eat, or don't eat, can help you get a good night's sleep.
What are the Six Classes of Nutrients?
When you're studying nutrition you need to know the six classes of nutrients, plus what I call the not-quite-nutrients.
10 Quick Facts About Vitamin A
Vitamin A is found in both plant and animal sources of foods. Learn more about vitamin A.
Why Chronic Dehydration May Cause Back Pain
Drinking water may help your back pain.
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