A lot of Americans use dietary supplements, with estimates among adults ranging from 52 percent (per the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012) to 71 percent (according to a Council for Responsible Nutrition 2016 survey). Common reasons people reach for supplements are to improve or maintain health, enhance energy,
Good nutrition is essential to maintaining health, especially as you get older. The food pyramid is a guide, created by the USDA, to help Americans choose the right combination of foods each day for optimum nutrition. It divides foods into groups?bread, cereal, rice, and pasta; fruit; vegetables; milk, yogurt, and cheese; meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nuts; fats, oils, and sweets?and describes how much of each food group people should eat. In recent years, MyPlate, also from the USDA, has replaced the food pyramid. MyPlate features a divided plate graphic representing the major food groups?fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.
Certain food groups can help you lose weight. Eating high protein foods such as lean chicken breast, beans, fish, and tofu curb hunger, so you eat less. Protein is an important component of any diet, but it shouldn?t entirely replace other food groups, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
A low carb diet such as Atkins or South Beach is another approach to weight loss that focuses on protein and fats, and limits carbs from grains, starchy vegetables, fruit, and other sources. Yet this diet may not be a good long-term approach. While low carb diets do encourage weight loss in the short term, after a year or two they offer little advantage over traditional low-fat diets. And very restrictive low carb diets could potentially lead to nutritional deficiencies.
Watching your calorie intake is another way to control your weight. An online calorie counter can help you determine how many calories are in the foods you eat, and how many calories you consume each day. Pair up a calorie counter with a weight loss calculator, in which you input your weight, height, age, activity level, and the amount of weight you?d like to lose. The weight loss calculator will help you determine how many calories you should eat each day to reach your goal.
What do we do when we have a nutrition question? Search the Internet, of course. In a 2016 study, 85 percent of people surveyed used the Internet to search for health and/or nutrition information. But not all the information online is reliable.
“Conflicts of interest and biases can impact how information
One of the first things that comes to mind when you think about whole grains is how healthy they are. But even when nutrition and health are priorities, we eat with our eyes and eat to satisfy our taste buds. Yes, they are nutritious, but whole grains are also beautiful
Eat Whole Grains for More Weight Loss
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Although seeds may be small in size, they are big in nutrition. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the
As the warm weather approaches, it’s time to spend more time in your garden—an activity that can reap rewards beyond fresh air and exercise. A new study, which included more than 1,300 college students, found that those who gardened currently and in childhood consumed about one-half cup more fruits and
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Q. What are lectins, and should we avoid beans, seeds and grains since they contain lectins?
A. George S. Ellmore, PhD, an associate professor in the department of biology at Tufts University, responds: “A lawyer might answer this question with, ‘It depends.’ Lectins are proteins from plants used to store nitrogen