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Nutrition Is Vital For Health and Weight Control

A nutritious diet is essential for good health and weight control. In particular, a nutritional eating plan will definitely improve your chances of fast weight loss. So avoid fad diets or any type of eating plan that restricts you to certain foods. Instead, choose a healthy calorie-controlled diet rich in fruit and vegetables, moderate in protein and low in saturated fat or trans fatty acids, with foods from all main food groups. This helps to improve metabolism, maintain a stable appetite and eliminate cravings. Which makes weight reduction easier and faster, and future weight gain less likely.

For more information about the best foods - including the best carbs, fats and protein - sodium, cholesterol and vegetarian nutrition, plus information on the nutritional benefits of specific foods, including the effects of phyto-chemicals, carotenoids, antioxidant vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and omega-3/6 fats, plus advice on diet nutrition for special health conditions, please see below.

Digestive System And Dietary Nutrition

Our food digestion system (mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine) helps us to obtain energy and nutrients from food. If our digestive tract cannot properly absorb macronutrients and micronutrients we become vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies. Carbohydrate, fats and protein are each digested differently within the gastrointestinal tract, but surplus calories from these three macronutrients are ALL converted to body fat.


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General Nutrition

How dietary habits have changed and what constitutes a healthy diet.

Stone Age Diet
Effect of Agriculture
Development of Carbs
Health Problems of Carbs
Health Problems of Fats
Lessons of Evolution
Guide to Healthy Diet
Healthy Eating
Food Guide Pyramid
How Much Water Do We Need?
BALANCED DIET

Carbohydrates

Everything you need to know about healthy carbohydrate, how much to eat and how the Glycemic Index helps to maintain good health and weight.

How the Body Uses Energy
Guide to Carbohydrates
How Carbs Are Digested
How Carbs Affect Blood Sugar
How Carbs Affect Insulin
Risks of Excessive Insulin
Carbs in Foods
Good Carbs to Eat
Low Carb Eating Plans
LOW CARB DIET
GI Method
Guide to Glycemic Index (GI)
More Details About GI
How GI is Measured
What Determines GI Value
Guide to Glycemic Load
GI Values of Meals
How to Reduce GI Value of Meals
Low GI Foods
How Much Carb Do We Need?
Health Benefits of Low GI Diets
GI DIET

Sugar

How much sugar do you need
in your diet? See below.

Dietary Sugar

Dietary Fiber

Both soluble and insoluble fiber
play an important role in digestion
and good health. Most of us eat
insufficient amounts, so check
these pages.

Guide to Dietary Fiber
Fiber Helps Weight Reduction
How to Eat More Fiber

Protein

Protein is essential for cell growth
and repair. For sources and RDA,
see below.

Protein & Diet
Protein Needs
Protein Foods
Good Protein to Eat

Dietary Fats

Although fats are all relatively high
in calories, good fats are essential
for any healthy diet.

Dietary Fat in Foods
Good Fats to Eat
Omega-3
Omega-6
Fish Oils
Essential Fats
Fish Oils Table
Olive Oil
Healthiest Fats
Trans-Fats
Saturated
Monounsaturated
Polyunsaturated

Cholesterol

For information about cholesterol
in foods, what are healthy blood cholesterol levels, and how to lower your levels, see below.

Healthy Cholesterol Levels
How to Reduce Cholesterol
CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DIET
Cholesterol & Diet

Low Cholesterol Diet
Cholesterol Diet & Fat
Cholesterol in Foods

Sodium

Most of us eat too much sodium
(salt). Unfortunately excessive
intakes of sodium are associated
with raised blood pressure.

Sodium & Diet
Sodium RDA in Diet
Reduce Sodium in Diet
Sodium in Foods
Sodium Diet Advice

Vegetarianism

Vegetarian diets are no less
healthy than meat-based diets,
although greater variety is
necessary to ensure optimum
nutrition. Vitamin B12 may be
a problem for vegans: supplements
are usually necessary.

Vegetarian Diet Nutrition
Advice about vegetarian diet
Also:Vegan Diet Advice

Vegetarian Diet Guidelines
Diet advice for vegetarians
Tips on health and nutrition

Diabetes and Nutrition

Diabetics do not need to eat
"special foods", although a GI Diet
combined with regular lifestyle
and regular exercise is best for
optimum blood glucose control.

Diabetic Diet Guidelines
Diet & nutrition tips for
diabetics. See also:
Diabetic Diet Questions
Diabetic Diet & Sugar

Articles About Nutrition

What is Sensible Eating?
How to improve your diet
How to Avoid Osteoporosis
Causes of osteoporosis
Tips on diet prevention
Diet Fitness Information
Which diet foods and diet
supplements boost fitness

Special Diet Nutrition

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

It is thought that up to 10 percent of women may have PCOS, even though many patients may not know it because their symptoms may be misdiagnosed as (eg) PMS or stress... read more about PCOS below.

Guide to PCOS
The Role of Insulin in PCOS
Best Diet For PCOS
Low-GI Diet For PCOS
PCOS Diet Menu
PCOS Diet & Lifestyle Studies

Diet Advice For PMS

Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a common condition affecting up to 75 percent of women. PMS symptoms vary widely and typically occur up to 14 days before the menstrual period... read more about PMS below.

Guide to PMS
Healthy PMS Eating Plan
More About PMS Diet
Problem Foods For PMS
PMS Diet Menu

Diet Advice For Mother and Baby

Find answers to questions like: how much weight should you gain during pregnancy, when is it gained, what is the weight used for, what foods, vitamins, minerals and calories should you eat, what foods should you avoid, how to get more help and support. Read more below.

Weight During Pregnancy
Unhealthy Weight Gain
Health Complications
Risk of Birth Defects
Diet Nutrition in Pregnancy
Folic Acid Needs
Iron Needs
Calcium Needs
Nutrition for Expectant Mothers
Foods to Avoid

Diet Advice During Menopause

What are the best eating habits to reduce symptoms of menopause? Read more below.

Guide to Menopause & Diet
Best Foods For Menopause
Foods to Restrict
Best Vitamins
Best Minerals

Candida

Candida is a yeast infestation. The species most often involved is Candida albicans, and the infection is known as candidiasis. The purpose of a candida reduction diet is to eliminate those foods that "feed" the yeast infestation, by rigid adherence to a "restricted foods list." The duration of the diet is typically determined by the history and severity of the symptoms and overall health.

Guide to Candida Diet
Foods to Eliminate
Foods to Eat

Diverticular Disease

A low-fiber diet is considered to be the main cause of diverticular problems. First diagnosed in the United States in the early 1900s, and now common throughout developed countries, the emergence of diverticular disease coincided with the introduction of low-fiber processed foods (eg. branless refined flour).

Diverticulosis & Diverticulitis
Diet Treatment
Fiber Foods
Advice About Fiber Intake

Celiac Disease

At present, the only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet, and eliminate all foods that contain wheat, rye, barley and oats. Most celiac patients have to avoid all traces of gluten, while some celiacs can get away with eating a small amount occasionally. Also, some patients do not have to eliminate oats from their diet. On the other hand, some celiac sufferers have an acute reaction (known as celiac shock) to even the smallest amount of gluten.

Celiac Disease
Gluten-Free Diet for Celiacs
Details of Gluten-Free Diet
Vegetables and Fruits
Dairy Foods, Meats and Protein
Fats, Sweets, Condiments
Gluten in Processed Foods
Gluten-Free Diet Menu

Lactase Deficiency

People who suffer from lactose intolerance are unable to digest lactose, which is the principal sugar in milk and milk products. This digestive incapacity is caused by a lack of the digestive enzyme lactase.There is no "special treatment" for lactose intolerance. The only way to control symptoms is by diet modification.

Lactose Intolerance
Lactose-Free Eating Plan
Sources of Calcium
Lactose in Processed Foods
Lactose-Free Diet Menu
List of Lactose-Free Foods

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS)

Treatment for IBS is typically conditional upon a patient's age, general health and medical history, severity of symptoms, tolerance and suitability for medications. Treatment may include diet modification, such as switching to a high fiber diet, the use of fiber supplements, laxatives, and other medications to relieve symptoms.

Guide to IBS
Diet Treatment
Reduce Insoluble Fiber
Soluble Fiber Supplements
Diet Modification for IBS
More Diet Advice
Exercise is Important
IBS Diet Menu

VITAMINS
Vitamins
Vitamins For Weight
Vitamin A
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Choline
Inositol
Folate
Biotin
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E

MINERALS
Minerals
Minerals For Weight
Calcium
Chromium
Copper
Iodine
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Molybdenum
Phosphorus
Potassium
Selenium
Zinc

VEGETABLES
Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocado
Beansprouts
Beetroot
Brassicas
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Collard Greens
Corn
Fennel
Garlic
Kale
Leeks
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Onions
Parsnips
Peppers /green
Peppers /red
Peppers /yellow
Potatoes
Spinach
Squash,Pumpkin
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watercress
Zucchini

FRUIT
Apples
Apricots
Bananas
Blackberries
Blackcurrants
Blueberries
Cherries
Citrus Fruits
Cranberries
Dates
Dried fruit
Figs
Guavas
Grapefruit
Grapes
Kiwi-fruit
Lemons
Limes
Mangos
Melons
Nectarines
Oranges
Pears
Pineapple
Plums
Prunes
Raisins
Raspberries
Redcurrants
Strawberries
Tangerines

PULSES
Pulses/Legumes
Adzuki Beans
Black Eyed Beans
Chickpeas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Navy Beans

SOY
Soybeans
Miso
Shoyu
Soybeans
Soybean Curd
Tahini
Tamari
Tempeh
Tofu

NUTS/SEEDS
Almonds
Brazil Nuts
Cashew Nuts
Flax Seeds
Flaxseed Oil
Peanuts
Pistachio Nuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Walnuts

SEAWEED
Arame
Hijiki
Kombu
Nori
Wakame

OTHER FOODS
Quinoa
Buckwheat
Soba Noodles
Columbus Eggs
Jasmine Tea

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