general nutrition FAQs

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By dotFIT experts
Yes, and here is a complete list. More...
By dotFIT experts
on June 10, 2010
We have reviewed this study along with others which have found the opposite or no association between breast cancer risk and vitamins. Also, other larger scale studies, such as the U.S. Women’s Health Initiative, have found no link between multivitamin use and the chances of dying, developing cancer and cardiovascular disease. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 22, 2010
Basically craving sweets/sugar is a combination of an innate trait and a learned response for all humans. Innate because sweetness translates in the brain as immediate energy and is therefore important to our evolution/survival. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 22, 2010
The bar appears to be positioned as an aid for weight control based on its fiber content and certainly NOT a pre- or post-workout product. More...
By dotFIT experts
on January 22, 2010
The short answer is you can eat pasta any time and often as you like as long as your average total daily calories from all foods does not exceed the amount of calories you burn since your goal is weight loss. More...
By dotFIT Registered Dietitian
on January 22, 2010
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide nutrition and physical activity recommendations which aim to help individuals maintain health and prevent chronic disease. More...
By dotFIT experts
on December 22, 2009
Green PhytoFoods contain blue-green algae (spirulina), Gingko Biloba, antioxidants, and plant-based enzymes. The main compound however is the Spirulina which contains small amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals. More...
By dotFIT experts
on July 20, 2009
First, multiple vitamin and mineral (MVM) supplementation is just that: a supplement to your best possible food diet. Second, MVM supplementation was designed to cure nutritional deficiency disease More...
By dotFIT experts
on May 08, 2009
There are numerous countries that border the Mediterranean Sea including the northernmost countries of Africa, some of Southern Europe, Turkey and the Aegean islands. The Mediterranean Diet is not one specific diet, but represents a set of dietary choices that is common in this region of the world. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 04, 2008
Too much of anything can be bad for you. But in the proper amounts, dietary fat makes a contribution to good health. There are essential fatty acids that the body needs for health and normal functioning that must be obtained through diet. More...
By dotFIT experts
on October 06, 2008
The short answer is yes. Now let's discuss why. You’ve probably heard for years that you do not need to take supplements because you can get everything you need by eating a healthy diet. The biggest obstacle to this approach is that no one consistently eats a healthy diet or can define what a healthy diet is. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 04, 2008
While it is true that any food (carbs, protein or fat) can be stored as body fat when daily calorie intake exceeds expenditure, where the fat is stored is not determined by the type of food. More...
By dotFIT experts
on October 04, 2008
The first step in controlling and changing emotional eating is to learn the high risk situation(s) that cause you to eat when you are not hungry. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 13, 2008
Tea (all varieties) is one of the most consumed beverages in the world and its consumption has been associated with lower incidences of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 02, 2008
There is no valid research showing that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is associated health problems or weight gain. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 03, 2008
This is almost a trick question because insulin responds to virtually everything you put in your body. Its role in the body, after all, is to take amino acids, glucose and fatty acids and put them into storage for later use. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 02, 2008
Yes, as the most current pervasive thinking goes, we should all pay attention to our sodium intake and some people more than others. High sodium (salt) intake increases blood pressure and reducing sodium intake decreases it. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 01, 2008
Eat them together at each meal if possible – just like everyone else. There is no need to separate your protein and carbohydrates. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 13, 2008
Sugar has been vilified by the popular press but moderate amounts will not hurt any healthy person. In fact, the right amounts and kinds of “sugar” can be a positive contributor to the training-induced results of athletes and exercisers. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 13, 2008
Even if you feel you are using many of these packets a day, every day, the amount needed to sweeten food and beverages is so small it is virtually zero calories. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 14, 2008
Fats, carbohydrates or protein added to alcohol are processed in the body just as they are when delivered in foods. But alcohol itself is unique in that it cannot be converted to blood sugar, but instead must be processed as a fat in order to be used for energy. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 14, 2008
As long as one does not have adverse reactions to coffee or stimulants, coffee may offer more health benefits than most other beverages when consumed in moderation (from one to six 8oz cups per day). More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 14, 2008
Some carbohydrates are healthier than others, but ultimately eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from carbohydrates, protein or fat. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 14, 2008
Fiber, indigestible chains of carbohydrate present in all plant foods, is categorized by its ability to dissolve in water. Fiber that partially dissolves in water is labeled soluble fiber and that which does not dissolve in water, insoluble. These differences lend unique benefits to each type of fiber in the diet. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 14, 2008
The actual recommendation for someone with your goals (dieting and presumably exercising with a fat loss goal) is listed below under “active recreational athlete” and “adaptation period”. You should strive for 1.2—1.8 grams of protein per 1 kg of body weight, or .5--.8 grams of protein per 1 pound of body weight. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 14, 2008
No, eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from carbohydrates, protein or fat. There are essential fatty acids that the body needs for health and normal functioning that must be acquired through diet. More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 01, 2009
It’s true that Splenda (which 600 times sweeter than sugar) is made using chlorine, but there is no evidence that the chlorine atoms in sucralose are any more dangerous than they are in sodium chloride (i.e. table salt). More...
By dotFIT experts
on December 15, 2008
At this time it appears the answer is no, at least not in full, unless you ingest very large doses daily. But flax oil may deliver benefits of its own. It’s not uncommon for people to think they get the same potential health benefits because both flax oil and fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, but there is a difference in their structure and conversion once in the body. More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 02, 2009
Any time your total calories consumed (food eaten) is greater than your calories burned, the excess calories are stored as fat. More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 02, 2009
Simply put, your body uses more carbohydrate for energy in a day than it uses protein to build muscle. Carbohydrates are pure energy foods that you continually use to keep your body alive and in motion. More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 05, 2009
The short answer is no. There is no cause-and-effect relationship established with drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome (which is a host of obesity-related diseases). More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 02, 2009
No. Eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from carbohydrates, protein or fat. More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 05, 2009
In short, we don’t know. The research on genetics and how they interact with your diet is still in its infancy. More...
By dotFIT experts
on February 15, 2009
Negative calorie foods are a myth. It is a common misconception that foods high in fiber such as the ones mentioned above burn more calories during digestion than they contain. More...
By dotFIT experts
on March 17, 2009
The only weight loss benefit resulting from a colon cleanse is the weight removed from your intestines. In other words, the number on the scale may go down immediately after you cleanse, but unless you are “dieting” that number will return to normal soon after. More...
The safest and most practical way to increase the body’s level of Vitamin D is by taking a daily multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) More...
Yes and no. It depends on what levels are deemed most healthy, which unfortunately is not agreed upon among researches and experts More...
Nutrition is almost always the barrier to improving fitness levels or breaking through plateaus More...
Your dotFIT program will do it for you. For a general estimation, use the following: More...
Almost all restaurants will make meals the way you like. Meaning, you tell them how you want your meal prepared or More...
Yes and make sure it is a Multivitamin and Mineral formula, (MVM) and be sure to consume it daily because as recent studies show, virtually everyone in the U.S. falls short More...
Fish oil from fatty fish contains higher amounts omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, the 2 fish oils that provide health More...
Fish oils are fats found in fatty fish (e.g. mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon) that have been shown to have many potential benefits More...
Over 20 years of published studies have demonstrated that people consuming at least 2 to 4 servings per week of fatty fish have many More...
The acai berry may be a good source of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats, but that doesn’t mean it’s a better choice than other fruits containing More...
Sure, and they generally are consumed with other health supplements. Most people will take their health supplements More...
Low levels of Vitamin K and D have been associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease including hardening of the arteries. Specifically, vitamin K More...
Basically, you would follow the directions on each container assuming they are accurate in having you ingest the product in a manner that would allow More...
The recommended dietary allowance (RDA), including magnesium from daily food sources and all dietary supplements, ranges from 400-420 mg per day for males More...
There are side effects to almost any vitamin if you ingest too much, but there are also side effects if you get too little. More...
Vitamins are not metabolism boosters in adequately fed people. However, vitamins perform important functions in almost all More...
When over 50, age is more important than gender when looking for the right daily multivitamin mineral formula (MVM). As we age, More...
No, don’t expect much if you are using a cheap $3.00-5.00 per month product that is mass marketed. You cannot manufacture a multivitamin and mineral formula More...
Unfortunately, fructose has been over-vilified by some scientists and media as a potential cause of obesity. Fructose, a sugar found naturally More...
Yes, the Food and Drug Administration (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates vitamins, minerals More...
Considering many people have below-optimal levels of Vitamin D the answer is there is probably no work environment related link unless More...
The body naturally does an amazing job at balancing calories consumed and calories burned to keep your weight relatively stable daily. Therefore, More...
If you don’t consume enough, and most people don’t, you need it. Calcium needs vary depending upon age and gender. Adult More...
1300mgs/day. The teenage years represent a critical period for bone mineral accrual with rapid gains occurring until age 16. If one More...
It can certainly help when the diet has very poor calcium content, but the body needs other nutrients simultaneously in order to More...
Nothing can substitute for a healthy diet; we can only supplement a healthy diet with a good Daily Multivitamin and mineral formula More...
Yes, a properly formulated multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) will raise your vitamin B12 levels. Make sure the B12 in the More...
Nutritional supplements generally referred to as dietary supplements (DS) can deliver nutrition the diet often can’t to help improve health More...
Below displays the most common supplement programs used by exercisers and people concerned with maintaining and improving More...
Below displays the most common programs for male exercisers and/or men concerned with maintaining and improving their health More...
Pre-formed vitamin A can be toxic at high levels (>10,000 IU or 3,000 mcg), thus, unless instructed by a qualified doctor, you would never More...
We can’t think of a reason to take supplements for your liver unless: 1) a qualified physician recommends a supplement to treat More...
Vitamin K1 can be taken orally by consuming a good multivitamin & mineral formula (MVM) that contains ~50-100mcgs of vitamin K (as phytonadione) More...
First of all everyone should take a multivitamin & mineral formula (MVM). Being a vegetarian you may have a greater need for a MVM than most non-vegetarians More...
Yes because how do you know you are eating right? Do you know exactly what’s right, and can you check your foods to make sure all those “right More...
Multivitamin & mineral supplementation can be very important to health, especially if your diet is not regularly varied and More...
The 3 common vitamins that have a higher potential for deficiency since they can’t be stored are vitamin C, B-complex and More...
Yes, supplements for deficiencies have all been validated to improve overall health. If you are anemic More...
The human diet requires both macronutrients (protein, fats & carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc,) to grow, develop and More...
Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients and are responsible for every action that takes place in the body. Any prolonged shortage will More...
Everyone should try to acquire lycopene from the diet because of its potential health benefits and if you can’t, supplementing ~10mgs/day offers More...
Lycopene is a nutrient compound that gives tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables (watermelon, carrots, pink grapefruit, More...
Plant foods containing lycopenes (colorful reddish fruits and vegetables) are very important to human health. People regularly More...
If you are looking to raise the level of carotenoids (carotenes) in your body, supplements are a viable option. If you are looking More...
Used properly, legal dietary supplements are very safe. This doesn’t mean they all work as claimed but there are relatively few More...
Generally speaking, adults and children should all be able to safely consume a daily multivitamin & mineral formula (MVM), and if needed More...
Your foods (mainly fruits, whole grains & vegetables) and daily multivitamin and mineral (MVM) formula should contain most of the antioxidant nutrients More...
Vitamin and mineral supplements may not slow aging but may help you live better longer depending on your daily diet and other lifestyle choices, More...
If you don’t know how much you’re eating, you won’t know when to stop, making you unable to control unwanted weight gain. Knowing how many More...
No, DHA can also come from other sources such as seeds, eggs and some plants, but in much weaker concentrations than in fish. Also More...
For most people eating fruit on an empty stomach poses no problems. Others may end up with a slight stomach upset and More...
As long as you are properly managing your blood sugar levels, meal replacement (MR) shakes that contain significant fiber and relatively More...
It’s certainly too early to say ingesting cocoa powder might “breakdown” plaque buildup. However, much evidence exists to support the More...
No, they both have the same basic nutritional components thus the same effects on your health. Sea salt comes from the evaporation More...
From a health standpoint, if you are getting all your necessary nutrients from the allowed foods and you supplement anything you may be More...
No, unless you have been diagnosed by a doctor to have some kind of disorder or allergy when exposed to some component of the coffee More...
Probably nothing you didn’t need before the removal of your gland based on your dietary shortcomings. The difference would be More...
Yes, you don’t need to drink in excess, you simply need to make sure you start your activity completely hydrated and replace More...
Without supplementing with a plant source DHA supplement, it’s a little difficult to get the amount of DHA that has associated More...
Depends on your allergies, meaning you would discuss with your allergy care doctor first. It would be unusual to have an allergic reaction to More...
Most pediatricians will say at about 10 months you can introduce beets into your baby’s diet. Steaming beats for easy mashing into a More...
Yes, they do but not equal to their wild counterparts. Wild fish contain more of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, per pound (or certainly per calorie) More...
The same way all foods are digested. Digestion actually starts in the mouth from chewing and secreting digestive juices that begin to More...
No, in fact that’s generally why people take an omega-3 supplement – because they aren’t eating fish. Also keep in mind that not all omega More...
No specific omega oil has been called out specifically for “concentration” but evidence does exist showing that certain omega-3 fatty acids may More...
Most adults should take in less than 2,300 mg (~1 tsp of salt) of sodium per day and that’s combining the sodium content of everything you More...
The quick answer is yes because the vast majority of the mixture would be water and the small amount of Kool-Aid (KA) mix would be fairly insignificant More...
Yes, or at least very close. Coffee, as I am sure you know from making it or watching it being made, is almost all water and it enters the body More...
The safest and most practical way to increase the body’s level of vitamin D is by taking a daily multivitamin mineral formula (MVM) that contains More...
There is no “should” drink recommendations for either coffee or alcohol, but health benefits have been associated with moderate alcohol More...
Yes. Coffee and tea, as I am sure you know from making it or watching it being made, is almost all water and it enters the body just like a glass More...
The best way to take vitamin D is with a meal and it doesn’t matter what time of day. Ideally you are getting your vitamin D from More...
Often yes, at least when it comes to a complete multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) but if you are purchasing singular vitamins like vitamin C, E, D, etc. More...
If you can’t get your calcium from a non-seafood/shellfish diet (i.e. non-tainted dairy or vegetables), which most people do not, simply look More...
Yes but unfortunately too many, and most with misleading claims or dubious recommendations due to high doses being potentially problematic More...
Yes, and that’s the best way to take it. The generally recommended supplemental dose of both vitamin C and D should easily be More...
There is a very small percentage of people who should not take a multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) that contains iron because of a condition More...
Before you swallowed the food, it contained a number of calories or what we call potential energy measured in calories. Not until the food is More...
The simplest and safest answer is ~ 1 gram (g) of protein per pound of body weight for all athletes during intense training. Exercisers and athletes More...
All of the essential vitamins can be taken at the same time. In fact, that's the best way to get them since most work More...
Other than vitamin B12, your body has very limited ability to store the B vitamins so they must be replaced daily through food and/or supplements More...
You can take anything that does not contain ingredients that were extracted from fish. That information should be on the label i.e. "product contains More...
We, and anyone understanding basic biochemistry, think very little of vitamin water or other “vitamin-spiked” foods or fluids, primarily because More...
The answer must come from the surgeon who removes the gland. Everyone is different and especially based on age. Before surgery you will More...
Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect our body’s important molecules such as proteins, More...
Vitamin B-50 is a complex of supplements, including B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, biotin and folic acid and therefore, in this case, vitamin B6 is More...
Vitamin B9 is also known as folic acid or folate, which is the natural form in the body. All the B-vitamins (like all individual vitamins) have their More...
Vitamin B3 (so named because it was the 3rd B vitamin discovered) is part of the B vitamin complex. B3 is also known as niacin (nicotinic acid) and More...
Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is one of the entire B vitamin complex. As with all vitamins, it is required to maintain human health More...
If you are going to take a separate B2 (riboflavin) vitamin supplement during pregnancy or lactation, you should do so because of your doctor’s More...
Vitamin B7 is also known as biotin, which is necessary for energy production, cell growth, production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats More...
Vitamin B7 is also known as biotin, which is necessary for energy production, cell growth, production of fatty acids, and the metabolism More...
Vitamin B7, also known as biotin, is a cofactor (necessary substance to activate molecules/enzymes) in many different enzyme systems necessary for energy production More...
Through diet and a daily multivitamin and mineral formula taken with a meal. B7 (also known as biotin) sources include Swiss chard, eggs More...
B7 (also known as biotin) is part of the B vitamin complex. All the B-vitamins (like all individual vitamins) have their specific functions but also work More...
Men and women up to age 50 would use formulas based on diet, activity and gender. After 50, for the majority of the population, the formula More...
Men and women up to age 50 would use formulas based on diet, activity and gender. After 50, for the majority of the population, the formula would More...
Protein is responsible for rebuilding your muscle tissues after exercise and also plays a minor role in producing energy under more extreme More...
No. Eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from carbohydrates, protein or fat. Any amount of food/calories More...
No. Eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from carbohydrates, protein or fat. Any amount of food/ More...
No, in fact, you are welcome to eat your last meal in bed if you want—just don’t consume more calories than you burn for the day. By the way More...
No. Eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from pasta, meat, soda, sauces or vegetables. Any More...
No. Eating more calories than you burn makes you fat, whether those calories come from pasta, meat, soda, sauces or vegetables. Any amount More...
Excess of any food is stored as fat if your total calories (combination of protein, fats & carbs) exceed your body's needs to maintain More...
Too much of anything can be bad for you. But in the proper amounts, all fats make a contribution to good health. Keep total More...
False. Someone must have made that up by contorting science to package and sell something. When you eat too many total calories of ANY More...
Humans, as periodic eaters, need insulin to survive. Insulin helps the body release stored energy over time to fuel the body’s continuous needs More...
The body uses carbohydrate to produce energy and convert other nutrients, such as fat, to energy, thus the body has a much larger need More...
This is a tough question because insulin responds to virtually everything you put in your body. But we will briefly describe insulin’s functions: More...
Low iron means low energy, potentially leading to burning fewer calories and therefore forcing you to continue to lower your calorie intake More...
Simply because they probably liked it and they were likely at a point in their life that any basic healthy diet, better than they were previously consuming, More...
The right answer is to restructure your diet but within the total calories appropriate for your overall body composition goals (e.g. weight/fat loss, or muscle gain). More...
According to the FDA, yes, and most other nutritional scientists agree. They have no DIRECT health effect, good or bad (no matter what you read on More...
Yes, you can and that's what we always recommend, or at least try not to lose muscle when dieting. With conventional dieting (as prescribed by More...
Once you know how many calories you are allowed daily to achieve your goal, you want to spread them out as much as you can. More...
Not unless you drank or ate too much before the exercise and then continued drinking. Drinking too much of any fluids before exercise More...
Yes, there are, and if you think you have symptoms of vitamin deficiency such as iron or vitamin D, then you see your doctor (not the internet) for a More...
The formula for gaining weight is to consume more calories than you burn so the extra calories are stored in the body as lean body mass (LBM) such More...
It's not a bad place to start but it's certainly not a guarantee you are getting the best product. USP stands for The United States Pharmacopoeia. The USP More...
Moderate alcohol consumption is considered 2 drinks/day for men; 1 for women. One drink contains 14 grams of alcohol meaning: one 12 oz More...
Alcohol is notorious for leading people to overeat because of its physiological effect on appetite and because it is generally consumed in a social setting where More...
Moderate drinking as it relates to alcohol consumption is considered 2 drinks/day for men; 1 for women. One drink contains 14 grams of alcohol meaning: More...
Besides not drinking at all, drinking slightly less alcohol and/or spacing (at least an hour between drinks) your total consumption evenly throughout More...
Not true. If you drink enough alcohol from any source (wine, beer, whiskey, etc.) you will get a hangover. So other than not drinking at all, drinking slightly More...
There’s lots of folklore around this topic. There is only one tried and true hangover reliever but you have to have your wits about you before you go to bed More...
Hangover cures are mostly wishful thinking or personal if someone feels that something works for them. There is only one tried and true hangover reliever: More...
Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with the following health benefits: reduced risk of heart attack and stroke; increases HDL (good cholesterol) More...
Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with some health benefits: reduced risk of heart attack and stroke; increases HDL More...
It's a slippery slope. Although there are health benefits associated with moderate alcohol consumption, it's not clear if it's truly alcohol itself or the lifestyle More...
Red wine consumed in moderation has been associated with improved heart health and reduced risk of related diseases such as obesity and diabetes More...
It may help if you eat well and exercise regularly. It has long been thought that red wine confers protective effects against heart disease because More...
Red wine consumed in moderation has been associated with improved heart health and reduced risk of related diseases such as obesity More...
Maybe not all the benefits related to red wine's purported protection against cardiovascular disease, but white wine probably also delivers More...
Probably, and there is certainly no downside to adding higher levels of vitamins and minerals that are part of our body's antioxidant systems to your More...
If you’re eat perfectly all the time and you get optimal amounts of exercise every day, then you can certainly improve your fitness levels without supplementation but the long term More...
Nutrition is almost always the barrier to improving fitness levels or breaking through plateaus. Poor nutrition means poor fitness and improper nutrition for your fitness goal equates to no progress More...
You asked the right person because first, we are big football fans as we all played growing up and our son is currently playing Division 1 at CU Boulder. Second, we love to eat More...
Hangover cures are mostly wishful thinking or personal if someone feels that something works for them. There is only one tried and true hangover reliever: More...
No, they are counterproductive in every way for endurance athletes. Not only will you compromise performance but you will also not recover More...
Overall daily food planning, including meal timing around the activity/event, is the most common miss or mistake athletes make related to nutrition More...
Yes, and the most important thing you can do is to make sure your energy systems are full by not just eating the right combination of foods More...
No, as long as you ate correctly before the game; otherwise to help pick up energy because of a lack of pre-game planning, you could eat a More...
Depends on where you are going, what you are going to do and how long after you eat will you be participating in physical activity. More...
The day before and on the event day, eat full meals ~every 3-4hours consisting of ~60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, 20% fats. The pre-ride meal More...
If you're an athlete, follow the guidelines shown below and you will be hydrated perfectly. You can't trust your thirst. The sensation of thirst occurs when the water deficit is ~2% of body mass. Performance can More...
Basically the same foods as adult athletes. It's harder to get them to eat properly but just as important, especially during their growth years. A young athlete needs to be on a nutrition plan More...
You don't need to. The notion that fasting cleanses actually “clean” the body is more of a marketing ploy than sound science. The human body naturally expels toxins via detoxification More...
A double-walled stainless steel tea tin is the best way to keep your green tea fresh for up to a year. Green tea needs to be kept away from More...
If you are allergic to nuts there are good substitutes such as olives, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and avocados and are all excellent sources of the nutrients, including unsaturated More...
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a processed food is defined as any food other than a raw agricultural commodity and includes any raw agricultural commodity that More...
All-natural herbs & spices like onion, black pepper, parsley & basil can be used as a salt substitute without sacrificing flavor. Mrs. Dash offers 14 different seasonings that are salt-free. More...
Orally, cranberry is usually well tolerated and certainly at a normal intake of 1-2 cups/day. However, in very large doses, for example 12-17 cups/day of juice, cranberry can cause More...
The half-life, which is the time required by the body to metabolize or inactivate 1/2 of a substance activity, for caffeine (doses lower than 4.50mg/lb) ranges from 2.5 to 10hrs. Meaning, caffeine More...
Generally yes because they have far less fat and calories than their penned in counterparts like cows or pigs that end up in the meat markets. Wild meats such as venison (which More...
As long as you steep it long enough to release the antioxidants, you can drink it hot or cold and get the same potential health benefits. Research has shown More...
Make sure that you are washing both vegetables and fruits separately from fresh cuts of meat, eggs, etc., in order to avoid cross contamination. Rinse fruits and vegetables with warm More...
Oleo is better known as margarine and is used as a butter substitute. Oleo is made from vegetable oil and is low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free. Due to it needing to go through More...
Beef is the culinary name that is used for meat from bovines, especially domestic cattle. Beef can be harvested from cows, bulls, heifers or steers. Beef is the third most widely More...
Refined grains are grains that have been processed where typically the germ and the bran have been removed. This process removes nearly 80% of the nutrition from the grain and More...
A 5.5 oz/155 gram (approximately 1Ž2 of a fillet) fillet of Atlantic or Pacific Halibut provides 220 calories, 42 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fat (no More...
No, our bodies only produce what is known as the non-essential amino acids (NEAA). The other amino acids, known as the essential amino acids (EAA), which the body cannot More...
Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews and pecans provide a great source of protein, minerals, "good" monounsaturated fats and other nutrients and they are also good More...
There are many healthy proteins choices for breakfast but it's a matter of personal taste. Eggs are most common and healthy as long as you don't eat too many. One whole egg daily More...
The options for a healthy lunch or dinner are increasing daily. You can have it all in your salad by adding your favorite protein like chicken, lean beef, fish, etc. This is a great choice More...
Textured or texturized vegetable protein or texturized soy protein (also known as TVP or TSP) is a meat extender made from defatted soy flour. It is a by-product of extracting More...
Instant Protein is a brand name for a powdered, protein supplement/replacement that is currently available on the market, but it is also a name people use for a quick and easy way to More...
Instant protein is a type of protein supplement/replacement that is used as a quick and easy way to replace or supplement their diet with additional or required protein in a quick and More...
Unless your doctor has diagnosed you with a condition where you need to avoid this type of protein or simply need to keep your protein level below a certain amount, there should be More...
Instant protein (also known as protein powders/replacements) should not be used by people with kidney disorders, Phenylketonuria or any other condition that does not allow excess More...
Instant protein (also known as protein powders/replacements) is a quick and easy way to replace or supplement your diet with additional or required protein. Someone who is in need More...
Typically, 20-25 grams of protein per meal for most individuals but no one, unless instructed by their physician, should consume all their daily protein needs from a supplement. Use a More...
While 100% fruit juices are much healthier than sugary sodas, pomegranate juice was ranked #1 according to a UCLA study based on levels of antioxidants. Pomegranate More...
After Gallbladder surgery, many foods that were commonly eaten before the surgery now cause pain and discomfort. This is due to the body no longer being able to process certain More...
There are a number of artificial sweeteners to choose from. It is difficult to determine which is the best, since they are all considered safe for the general population, when used at moderate levels. More...
Coconut oil is a very heat-stable oil thus it is suited to methods of cooking at high temperatures such as frying. Due to its stability, it is slow to oxidize and, thus, resistant to rancidity More...
The issue of soy and isoflavone activity is in question today based on its potential effect on estrogen levels. Until more definitive research is available, 1 serving per day should be a More...
There are a number of different delivery systems for increasing calcium in the diet. Obviously, the most popular and easiest/most convenient way to ingest calcium is from dairy More...
Healthy eating is important to a diabetic person in keeping the blood glucose (better known as blood sugar) in the target range. Physical activity is also important and, in some cases, More...
Low Phosphorus Fruits, (One Carbohydrate Serving (15 grams)) Apples, plums, tangerines one small fruit (size of a tennis ball) strawberries, More...
Flavonoids consist of a large family of compounds found and made in plants called polyphenols. Scientists are interested in the potential health benefits of flavonoids associated with More...
All persons of all ages should use a daily MVM to complement one’s best efforts to define and consume a proper diet. At a minimum, MVM supplementation is insurance against More...
By their very definition, vitamins (and minerals) are essential nutrients. Essential substances, when discussing nutrition, are those that the body cannot manufacture at all or in More...
Vitamins B6 and B12 are both involved in systems that keep the amino acid’s derivative homocysteine in check. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with higher risk of many More...
Both are essential nutrients that the body requires in very small amounts for normal health and functioning. Minerals differ from vitamins in that they are inorganic substances. More...
Inositol is a naturally occurring nutrient found in various forms, the most common being myo-inositol. Even though it is sometimes referred to as a vitamin, it is not. This nutrient is not More...
Vitamins are normally categorized as water-soluble and fat-soluble. Those that are water-soluble are flushed out on a regular basis and not stored in the body in any appreciable More...
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is the average daily dietary intake of a nutrient that is sufficient to meet the requirement of nearly all (97-98%) healthy persons. DRI’s have More...
This appears to be more of a cultural issue than a scientific one. Many European countries customarily eat the salad after the main meal, while Americans tend to eat it before More...
There are several simple dietary changes you can make to positively impact your cholesterol. For one, increase your soluble fiber intake. Foods high in soluble fiber include oatmeal More...
There are definitely instances where status of one vitamin can affect the status of another. There are also food, mineral and medicinal interactions that can affect nutrient absorption. More...
There are as many options here as there are people to follow them. Ideally, it is one that nourishes your body and suits your likes and lifestyle. To help you in designing healthy menus, More...
Not necessarily. There are a few instinctual, inborn cravings in humans, designed to help us when food availability was not as reliable as it is today. These include the taste for sweet, More...
Soy and soy-based foods contain phytoestrogens and their consumption at high levels in many countries has occurred for decades with no problems. When the possibility of the More...
Evidence-based Position Statement on use of GMO foods and GMO ingredients More...
The Institute of Medicine 's Food and Nutrition Board have set the recommended daily intake of essential nutrients, known as the Dietary Reference Intakes More...