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Healthy Choices

Ignore These Diet ‘Rules’

If you’re eating according to outdated or untrue dietary commandments, all your efforts to lose weight could be in vain.

How to Cut the Fat and Keep the Flavor

By adopting a dozen or so of these eating habits, most people can continue to enjoy the foods they like and still lose pounds. Don't forget to include daily exercise in the plan.

How to Junk a Junk-Food Diet

Whether you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight or improve your health, junk food can sabotage a worthy effort.

The Seven Best Foods We Never Eat

Stuck in a food rut? You don't have to go far to find some overlooked food choices that are easy to prepare, pack a nutritional wallop and avoid unhealthy fats.

The Sweet Scoop on Stevia

This zero-calorie, natural sweetener may help you manage your weight and stabilize your blood sugar level.

Nutrition's Role in Disease Prevention

Evidence is mounting that a healthful diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat -- or don't eat -- may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.

Your Guide to Organic Foods

Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and meat can all be certified as organic if they meet FDA requirements for growth, handling, and processing.

Your Guide to Condiments

Condiments can be the perfect topping to your favorite sandwich, salad, or taco. But you can undermine a nutritious diet by adding too many dollops of ketchup, mustard, or other favorite seasoning.

Fats and Cholesterol

Understanding Trans Fat

Research indicates that trans fat raises LDL cholesterol. You can find out how much trans fat a food contains by checking the label.

Putting Healthy Fats on Your Plate

Certain types of fats can actually help your heart, so you don't need to avoid fat altogether. Instead, watch how much and what type you eat.

Beyond Cholesterol

Scientists have learned that other substances may give you and your doctor new clues about your heart disease risk. And that's good news. Coronary heart disease, in which fatty deposits build up in your arteries, is the nation's top killer.

Children and Cholesterol

If you, your parents or your parents' siblings had a heart attack before age 55, you should have your child's cholesterol tested.

The Egg Bounces Back

Eggs are a great protein source. If you're on a diet, protein helps satisfy your hunger.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Remember being warned as a kid that if you didn't take enough vitamin D, you'd come down with a scary disease called rickets? Or that if you didn't get your calcium, your bones wouldn't grow right? Chances are you heard the message about getting enough vitamins and minerals. But have you heard about the risks of an overdose?

Among the Missing: Vitamin D

Just when you thought you had your summertime outdoors routine down -- plenty of sunscreen, a large hat, limited exposure between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- comes the news that Americans aren't getting enough of the "sunshine vitamin" -- vitamin D.

Five Minerals We All Need

Chances are you know you need minerals such as calcium and iron. But five lesser-known minerals also deserve your attention.

Dietary Supplements

Adding anything to your regular diet to improve your health or healing is considered a dietary supplement.

Vegetarian Eating

Making the Transition to a Vegetarian Diet

People decide to eat a vegetarian diet for a variety of reasons. But how they make the change requires they take one of two routes -- the overnight approach or the gradual one.

Vegetarian Diets: The Myths vs. Facts

Roughly 20 million Americans are vegetarians, from partial vegetarians who limit the amount of animal flesh they eat, to vegans, who eat only plant foods -- no meat, poultry, fish, dairy products or eggs.

It's Time to Veg Out

Vegetables are good sources of fiber, and they're chock full of vitamins and minerals.

Vegetarian Kids

Most nutrition experts and dietitians say that children of any age -- even infants -- can safely follow a vegetarian diet, according to the Nemours Foundation. But some planning is involved to ensure that children receive the proper nutrients, especially if their diet does not include eggs and dairy products.

Nutrition Tools: Labels, Portions, and Plates

Choose My Plate Now Tailored to You

Many of us used the old Food Pyramid for years to help make sure we were following a balanced diet. Its replacement, Choose My Plate, was introduced in 2011.

Give Your Diet a Nutritional Tune-up

Between spending long days at work and evenings and weekends attending to personal and family concerns, few Americans have time to eat right. But you don't have to remodel your diet to improve its healthfulness.

Nutrition Glossary

Whether you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight or lose a few pounds, knowing the definitions of terms relating to diet and exercise can help you make good choices.

Measuring Your Meal

Portion sizes are bigger today, and that increase has contributed to the growing numbers of overweight or obese Americans.
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