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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.

Is Milk Healthy?

Is Milk Healthy?

Is milk healthy? It sounds like a simple question, but the answer is anything but simple. Milk is actually a controversial topic due to opinions that run the gamut from “milk is the best thing you can drink” to “milk is one of the worst drinks on the planet.”

First, let’s

Research Sheds Light on Vitamins For Eyesight

Research Sheds Light on Vitamins For Eyesight

Thanks to the landmark Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS and AREDS2), we know that high-dose vitamins for eyesight supplements containing vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, zinc, and the antioxidant beta-carotene helped slow disease progression in people who were at risk for developing advanced age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. We also

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Nutrition experts stress the importance of overall “diet quality” as opposed to demonizing and avoiding particular foods or even entire food groups. “Quality” means that what you eat provides the energy and essential nutrients you need for an active, healthy life. All sources of protein, for example, are not created

Glycemic Index Chart: GI Ratings for Hundreds of Foods

Glycemic Index Chart: GI Ratings for Hundreds of Foods

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar. Low-glycemic foods also can reduce your risk for depression.

The standardized Glycemic Index ranges from 0

21 Calcium Deficiency Symptoms That Will Surprise You

21 Calcium Deficiency Symptoms That Will Surprise You

Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the human body, is best known for its important role in bone health and protection from osteoporosis. However, in addition to its key role in imparting strength to bones and teeth, calcium plays a critical role as a messenger in cell-signaling pathways throughout the

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Freshly baked bread is pretty irresistible. The tantalizing smell, warm center, and crunchy crust can satisfy even the most serious of hunger pangs. Lately, though, the paleo patrol and gluten police have turned bread into a four-letter word. They talk about bread’s bad qualities (carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and salt, for

What Is Sprouted Grain Bread, and How Healthy Is It?

What Is Sprouted Grain Bread, and How Healthy Is It?

What do you call a breadless sandwich? Boring, that’s what. If you’re like us and you struggle to imagine a life without bread, don’t panic. We’ve found a healthy option to help satisfy that carb craving—sprouted grain bread. High in good things like fiber and nutrients and free from bad

Zero-Calorie Foods? Nice Thought, But…

Zero-Calorie Foods? Nice Thought, But…

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could sit down to a hot fudge sundae with zero calories? Or chow down on guilty pleasures like cookies, chips, and bread without adding any calories? The concept of “zero-calorie foods” is a fantasy, although there are certainly low-calorie foods that can help you

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