Tag: nutrition

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.

Starring…Blueberries!

The Folklore. One of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been coveted by Native Americans for hundreds of years. Native tribes called them “star berries” for the five-point “star” at the blossom end of the berry. The berries were believed to protect children from famine, ease the

Crohn’s Disease: Health With Nutrition

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects about 2 in 1,000 Americans. Crohn’s and other forms of IBD are autoimmune diseases, which means the immune system attacks the intestinal lining, resulting in chronic inflammation. The disease can affect any part of the intestine, but usually affects

Good Fat, Bad Fat, Low Fat

The fortunes of dietary fat have not followed a straight line. As a nutrient, it has been vilified, forgiven and, in some cases, even glorified. What we know about this essential nutrient is further complicated by the fact that not all fats are created equal. Under the very large umbrella

A Good Meal Plan for Health

When the clock approaches 5:00 p.m., do you start thinking about what’s for dinner? Many people wing it when it comes to mealtime, hoping that a fridge full of food will inspire great culinary creations. But meal planning over spontaneity may lead to better eating.

“Meal planning is the foundation of

Potato Redemption

Maligned for years by dieters and the popular press, white potatoes have been blamed for increasing overweight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes risk. Could the world’s third largest food crop, behind rice and wheat, truly be the culprit of ill health? EN takes a closer look at the science.

Potatoes have

Sweet Treats for Diabetes

If you have diabetes, managing blood sugar levels is critical, but careful planning and some creative swapping can allow you to enjoy the sweetest of treats. In proper portions, of course.

Diabetes or not, health experts recommend reining in added sugars (not the natural type found in milk and fruit). That’s

Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Many of us can recall the excitement of opening our lunch boxes at school and discovering that our mother packed our favorite sandwich—peanut butter and jelly. That unmistakable combination of creamy, sweet, and sometimes crunchy flavor is an American childhood favorite. And even if you’re no longer eating PB&J sandwiches

Can Diabetics Eat Fruit?

Can Diabetics Eat Fruit?

Every day, you strategically map out your diabetes meal plan. You count your carbohydrates, limit your sweets, and choose your beverages carefully: a vegetable here, a piece of fruit there, and voila! And then it hits you: Can diabetics eat fruit?

It’s a logical question to ask, considering that fruit contains

Best Way to Lose Weight? 5 Small Steps Can Add Up to Big Results

Best Way to Lose Weight? 5 Small Steps Can Add Up to Big Results

If you’re overweight or obese, you probably don’t need to hear it, but weight loss is your key to better health. Carrying extra weight increases your risk of heart problems, diabetes, and joint pain and damage, and it has been linked with a higher incidence of breast cancer. So, what’s

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