You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits
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Some people claim that carbohydrates are fattening, while others say they trigger cravings. The underlying question is: Are carbs bad for you?
The important point to remember is that all carbs are not created equal. Although most people are aware that carbs are in bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, sweets, and soda,
The term “nutrient” can refer to vitamins and minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients, such as flavonoids. All these are im-portant, but the big picture when it comes to nutrition and brain power concerns what are referred to as “macronutrients”: fats, carbohydrates (“carbs”), and protein. It’s no wonder that so many
Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking
The word “fatigue” describes a feeling of tiredness or lack of energy, either physical or mental. Fatigue is generally distinguished from sleepiness or drowsiness, although a lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue. While someone who is drowsy might fight the urge to sleep, people who are fatigued often lack
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight goal can be a constant struggle, particularly if you’re hungry all the time. You may feel constant cravings for sweets between meals or for your favorite junk foods in the afternoon and late at night. First step in controlling those cravings: Choose the most
Too much or too little of certain foods and nutrients can spell trouble for mental health, research suggests.
For example, excessive consumption of alcohol, a central nervous system depressant, can cause depressive symptoms in heavy drinkers, according to a paper published in the March 2013 issue of the Journal of Studies
Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is extremely complex, and scientists believe it to be a vital component of the immune system. The surface lining of the GI tract includes numerous bacteria, immune cells, and nerve cells that largely function to protect us against toxins and foreign invaders. This fascinating gut-immune link
Most people don’t know the triglycerides range connected with heart disease and other health problems or what an optimal triglyceride level should be. Do you?
Medications are a must for some people with diabetes, but there are other measures you can take to manage your condition. One of the key parts of managing all types of diabetes and ensuring that treatments are effective is monitoring your blood glucose level.
Many things influence your blood glucose