Articles on Nutrition

A person’s diet is made up of the food they eat. Nutrition is the way that food nourishes their bodies.  Good nutrition means that your body is getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it needs to work at its best level.  Eating a healthy diet is your main way to get good nutrition.
Most people know that a balance of good nutrition and physical activity can help them reach and maintain a healthy weight. But the benefits of good nutrition go beyond weight.  It can improve cardiovascular and other body system functions, mental well-being, cognitive performance and wound healing or recovery from illness or injury, as well as reduce the risk for disease.

09/17/2011 - Articles
How to avoid constipation

How To Avoid Constipation: Simple Tips To Avoid Constipation

Not everyone can go to the toilet every day. Constipation is generally considered to constitute less than three stools per week. Action is warranted if the feces are hard and the . Read more

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08/12/2011 - Articles
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Food and Nutrition for Pregnant Women

Nutrition during pregnancy is important. Pregnant women's food has an affect on the pregnancy, on the fetal development and also on the health of the mother and child. The foods a pregnant woman eat are the main source of the nutrients for the baby. But what foods should pregnant women eat? What foods a pregnant woman should avoid? It is important for pregnant women to understand what kind of food is best for them and their baby. Read more

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06/28/2011 - Articles
Convenience Foods

Convenience Foods

Foods that you buy which require little or no preparation before eating (a lot of the work has been done for you) are called 'convenience foods'. Here, the Swiss Association for Nutrition has summarized the pros and cons of convenience foods, and gives some recommendations on how to buy and prepare them. Read more

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05/13/2011 - Articles
Low carb vegetarian diet is a good choice for health

Low carb vegetarian diet is a good choice for health

A low carb diet is the opposite to a low fat diet. A low-carb diet does not require you to follow a rigid diet format, but advise limiting the consumption of foods with fats and carbohydrates. Low carb diets help reduce blood sugar and insulin production, which enables the body to utilize stored fat for energy more easily, as well as providing other health benefits and better control over eating. Read more

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05/20/2010 - Articles

Consumption of added sugars hits lipid profile

Added sugars, like high fructose syrup, are used in processed or prepared foods to increase their sweetness and general palatability to the consumer. Over recent years, there has been a large increase in the US population’s intake of added sugars. But few studies have examined the impact of added sugars on health. Read more

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05/20/2010 - Articles

Is it still worth eating fruit and vegetables?

Although the ‘five a day’ message is well known, a recent study in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute (April 6) revealed that fruit and vegetables seem to have little role in cancer prevention. The study showed that eating two and a half portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces cancer risk by 3% and eating the recommended five reduces risk by just 9%. Previous studies had shown the risk of cancer could be reduced by as much as 50% by eating fruit and vegetables! Read more

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05/11/2010 - Articles

Supplements might be needed to achieve optimum selenium levels

Selenium is an antioxidant mineral which plays an important role in thyroid and immune function. Some studies have also shown that selenium may have anti-cancer activity. You can get selenium from Brazil nuts, whole grains, salmon and crab. However, selenium levels among populations tend to be low, so might this be a case for taking selenium supplements, either alone, or in a multi-vitamin formulation? Read more

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03/26/2010 - Articles

UK population short on vitamins, minerals

Vitamins and minerals are an essential part of a healthy diet and missing out could mean long-term consequences for health. So it is concerning that the latest UK National Diet and Nutrition survey shows that children and adults alike are not getting as much of the minerals iron, magnesium, potassium and selenium as they should do. The survey covered 500 adults and 500 children aged 4 to 18 years and compared their diets, through a four day diet diary, with UK dietary recommendations. Read more

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03/12/2010 - Articles

Salt content of breakfast cereals is going down

Salt can increase your blood pressure, which is why many health authorities recommend you consume no more than 6 grams a day (and, in truth, you could get by on much less than this). It’s easy enough to train yourself not to add salt at the table – herbs and spices can readily be used at add flavor instead. The real problem is that there is salt in many processed foods, one of which is breakfast cereal. Having cereal for breakfast is a good idea, because it can deliver whole grains and minerals – but the addition of salt (and sugar) makes it less healthy. In the UK, many sectors of the food industry have been working towards reducing the salt content of their products. Read more

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03/10/2010 - Articles

New malnutrition supplement and tool launched

Malnutrition occurs when someone does not get the right amounts of the nutrients they need. Lack of food, eating the wrong food, and problems with food absorption can all lead to malnutrition. Older people are particularly prone to malnutrition which can lead to falls and slow recovery from infection. Too often, malnutrition is a factor in an older person losing their independence. Read more

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