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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.

How Sarcopenia Can Threaten Your Mobility

How Sarcopenia Can Threaten Your Mobility

Threats to a person’s mobility and independence come in various forms. Some are obvious while others develop gradually and have a cumulative effect, such as sarcopenia.

For many older adults, inactivity is a process that develops over decades. The older some people get, the less active they become. It’s not because

Benefits of Berries on Brain Health

Benefits of Berries on Brain Health

It’s no surprise that fruits and vegetables play a dominant role in brain-healthy patterns of eating, just as they do in healthy diets for your body as a whole. But it may be that eating fruits and vegetables helps protect your brain beyond general health benefits. Specific types of produce

The Healthiest Vegetables to Add to Your Diet

The Healthiest Vegetables to Add to Your Diet

You will gain benefits from eating just about any type of vegetable; here’s more information on what are considered to be the healthiest vegetables.
Asparagus
Asparagus provides more folic acid per serving than any other vegetable, which is especially important for women who are pregnant because it can decrease the chances of

The Healthiest Cooking Oils and How to Use Them

Cooking with plant-based oils is healthier than cooking with butter or margarine because the oils are high in unsaturated fats, which are liquid at room temperature, and low in saturated fats, which are solid at room temperature and can clog your arteries. Butter is primarily saturated fats. Margarine is made

Protein: Getting the Most from Your Body’s Essential Building Blocks

Your body needs protein for everything from maintaining skeletal muscles to transporting vital molecules, breaking down toxins, and other maintenance. Protein is essential to forming new cells and repairing old ones. The amino acids that make up proteins form the precursors of enzymes and hormones, and help protect the body

Junk Foods’ Link to Depression and Fatigue

We’ve all been tempted with a “pick me up” from the candy bowl or cookie jar from time to time, or a plate of French fries as comfort food. But are those foods making us feel better? Or are they actually pushing us down?

Research published in the British Journal of

All Five Senses Are Important for Your Safety and Quality of Life

It’s well known that impaired vision and hearing loss are common among older adults. But deficits in your other senses—smell, taste, and touch—also may be hazardous to your health.

A closer look at each of the five senses provides more information about potential dangers, as well as strategies that can protect

Some Processed Foods Are Healthier Than Others

Dietary advice often includes the recommendation to avoid packaged, processed foods—but what does the word “processed” actually mean? And, are there different degrees of processing that make a food more or less healthy?

“The term ‘processed’ refers to changes made to a food item to bring about a result. For example,

Ask the Doctor: Taking New Medication; ADHD in Older Adults

Q: My doctor recently prescribed a new medication, which means I am now taking three medications every day. Can I still safely drive, even if I am taking them all?

A: Because you’ve been prescribed a new medication, it’s typically recommended that you do not drive when you first start using

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