Healthful eating can improve your overall well-being and help you reach and maintain a healthy weight, which can take stress off painful joints. This section looks at how to eat for optimum health.
Calories are the energy that fuels your body. Did you know the calories in just one apple could power a 60-watt light bulb for more than an hour? And a Butterfinger could power it for five! No matter where your calories come from, changing the ratio between how many calories you take in and how many you use can carry you a long way towards changing (or maintaining) your weight.
You have probably heard claims about diets that can ease the symptoms of arthritis. But do they work? Research indicates that the body's level of inflammation is related in part to what we eat. Although we can't yet single out specific foods as especially beneficial, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of how eating the right way can help us calm inflammation.
Today in the United States there are an estimated 10 million people with osteoporosis and another 34 million who are at risk for it. Treatment for osteoporosis usually focuses on medicines and vitamin and mineral supplementation. But what you choose to eat affects both your bones and the soft tissues that protect and cushion them.
Not all fats are created equal. Eating some fat is essential to good health. (In fact, nutritionists used to call certain fatty acids “Vitamin F.”) But finding the right balance between two kinds of fat — omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — could make a big difference in the health effects of the fats you eat.
In addition to potential benefits for your heart, consuming fish and/or fish oil may help with your arthritis. In this article, we bring you information about the potential benefits and risks of fish oil, and what you should consider if you're thinking about adding more fish or fish oil to your diet.
This time of the year, our tables are laden with family favorites, traditional religious and ethnic foods, and tasty holiday confections. But all this wonderful food can be a source of unnecessary stress if you are worried about your weight. Can you enjoy the wonderful culinary pleasures of the holiday season without overindulging in food and drink? Yes, you can — here's how.
Is "low-fat" basically the same as "reduced-fat"? If something is a "good source" of vitamin C, how much does it contain? The FDA regulates nutrition content claims including these and others, such as "low-sodium," and food packaging is loaded with clues to help you make good choices. There's a lot you can learn when you learn the language of foods.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can take stress off painful joints, and one method is as easy as savoring each mouthful. Mindful eating can help you eat less, eat better, and enjoy the food you eat more. In this article, we bring you practical tips you can use to eat more mindfully and avoid mindless eating. You are how you eat, and enjoying your food more may be the healthiest choice you make all day!
Nutrition news headlines can be misleading. Overviews of research may be too cursory, missing important caveats. Or a news story may single out one study without acknowledging other research on the topic. As a result, it seems we’re always getting conflicting nutrition advice. One day it’s butter that’s bad for us; the next it’s margarine. How are we to make sense of all this?
An estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies, and that number is growing. But common as they are, food allergies are surrounded by misconceptions and myths. When do people develop food allergies? Do certain foods make arthritis worse? Is there a cure? From peanuts to ice cream, get the straight scoop on food allergies and food sensitivities.
Most of us spend more money on foods and beverages than we need to. Why? We may be tempted to blame rising food costs, but it’s the way we buy food that really empties our wallets. We buy foods we don’t need, and we waste a good portion of what we buy. Fortunately, there are several ways to lower your grocery bill.
When you have arthritis, maintaining a healthy weight has the added benefit of keeping stress off your joints. In addition to physical activity, keeping your calorie intake at a healthy level is key. In this article, we explain the basics of "Volumetrics" — a way of looking at food that allows you to have satisfying, nutritious meals with fewer calories.
Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture released the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new Guidelines provide lots of practical advice on "balancing" calories with activity, getting enough seafood and whole grains in your diet, and avoiding excess salt and fats.
A balanced and nutritious diet is one of the essential elements of good health. This is especially true for people with arthritis, who are more likely to struggle with managing their weight. The professional best equipped to help you understand what and how you should eat is a registered dietitian.
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