Nutrients and Nutritional Info

In order to maintain a healthy diet, it’s important to be able to understand the nutritional information of the foods you eat. You should be able to get the majority of vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs from a healthy variety of foods. Learn what food you should be eating – – and what you should be avoiding – – to ensure you’re getting the most from your diet.

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  • After 50: Nutritional Needs

    Nutritional needs change as we age. After age 50, choose food and drinks wisely for your gender, health, and activity…

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  • Antioxidants: What You Need to Know

    Antioxidants help prevent free radicals from damaging your cells. They are found in a lot of fruits and vegetables, as…

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  • Calcium: What You Need to Know

    Calcium is an important nutrient for your body. It strengthens your bones and muscles. You can get calcium through food…

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  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) | Chronic Kidney Disease and Nutrition

    I have chronic kidney disease. Why is my nutrition so important? If you have chronic kidney disease, your kidneys are not able to work as well as they should to remove waste from your blood. This allows waste to build up, which can lead

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  • Diabetes and Nutrition

    Learn how to eat right when you have diabetes.

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  • Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know

    Dietary supplements include vitamins, herbs, and other products that can improve your health or wellness. Learn about the types, benefits,…

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  • Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet

    Adding more fiber to your diet can provide a range of health benefits. Learn how much fiber you need and…

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  • Food Habits Survey

    Do you have healthy food habits? Are you eating and drinking what you should be? Take this survey to find…

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  • Glycemic Index and Your Diet

    The glycemic index measures how quickly carbohydrates in a food make your blood sugar rise. It is a tool you…

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  • Hydration: Why It’s So Important

    Staying hydrated is important to your overall, good health. It helps maintain your temperature, remove waste from your body, and…

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  • Nutrient Shortfall Questionnaire

    Complete the questionnaire to assess your risk for common nutrient shortfalls.

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  • Nutrition Tips for Kids

    Diet and nutrition help our children live a healthy life and avoid chronic diseases. Use these tips to help your…

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  • Nutrition: Determine Your Calorie Needs

    Identify your daily calorie needs based on age, gender, and activity level, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for…

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  • Nutrition: How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

    The nutrition facts label tells you what’s in the food you’re eating. Learn how to read and understand the label…

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  • Nutritional Needs for Kids with Cancer

    Good nutrition is especially important for children who have cancer. Eating well can help these children keep up their strength…

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  • Preventing Malnutrition in Older Adults

    Learn about what causes malnutrition in older adults and what to do if you suspect a loved one is…

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  • Probiotics

    Probiotics are live microorganisms (bacteria and yeasts) found in your intestines. Similar probiotics are available in some foods and dietary…

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  • Trans Fats (Bad Fats)

    Trans fats are an unhealthy type of fatty acid. Learn what foods to avoid, what foods to eat, and how…

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  • Vitamin B12

    Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient. It maintains your nervous system. Learn how much you need to stay healthy.

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  • Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is an important nutrient for bone and teeth health. People of all ages need adequate vitamin D. It…

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