Tag: basic nutrition

Food Supplements: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Americans love dietary supplements—more than half of American adults take at least one—and this love has grown to include “food supplements,” foods enhanced with extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals or probiotics.

Food supplements are a type of “functional food,” or foods that offer health benefits beyond basic nutrition. According to the

The Truth About IV Nutrition Infusions and Soylent

Q:Is there a benefit to IV nutrition infusions?

A: Doctors put hospitalized patients who are too sick to eat on an intravenous (IV) infusion of nutrients that includes vitamins and minerals, as well as protein, fat, and carbohydrates, all specifically calculated for that individual based on their body’s needs. Rarely does

5. Maximum Nutrition, Minimal Fuss

Who’s Cooking?
Hands down, when it comes to getting the many different nutrients needed to support physical activity and good health, eating whole foods in forms close to nature trumps eating foods processed in a factory. Unfortunately, as a nation people are cooking less and relying more on packaged convenience foods,

Self-Perceptions of Healthy Eating are Unrealistic

According to the 2013 International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2013 Food & Health Survey, there are wide gaps between perception and the reality of what we eat. Despite most consumers rating their diets as adequate, the survey, which sampled more than 1,005 individuals between the ages of 18 and

Supermarket Sleuth: Perfectly Portioned Cheese

Thanks to cheese sticks and mini round cheeses, you don’t have to get out the cutting board to enjoy this satisfying snack. Such single-serve convenience has other benefits, too. “Since cheese sticks are pre-portioned, they provide an easy way to keep you from overeating,” says Lauren Manganiello, MS, RD, CDN,

Ask the Doctor: Functional Foods

Q. What are “functional” foods, and what benefits can they provide?
A. This term is used to describe foods and their components that offer specific health benefits beyond those needed for survival, such as reducing the risk of disease. One example is antioxidants. These substances in plants may protect against free

Self-Perceptions of Healthy Eating are Unrealistic

According to the 2013 International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s 2013 Food & Health Survey, there are wide gaps between perception and the reality of what we eat. Despite most consumers rating their diets as adequate, the survey, which sampled more than 1,005 individuals between the ages of 18 and

EN’s Fab Functional Whole Foods

You’re part of a growing population hoping to eat their way to fabulous health—a health-savvy consumer, always on the lookout for foods that possess special nutritional attributes that will keep your body vibrant and strong for years to come. “Consumers are looking for a way to

Heart-Healthy Foods and Nutrients

A dietary pattern that is low in animal fats, and high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes has been linked with protecting the heart, but particular foods and nutrients offer special promise for keeping cholesterol levels in check. “All food is functional, but some foods have positive

Nutrition Science Flip Flops?Untangling the Confusion Behind the Science

For years, experts said low-fat eating was the way to go. Then a big study came along and blew that theory out of the water. Results from the large, federally-funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) indicated that a low-fat diet did not significantly cut the risk of breast cancer, heart disease,

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