Diet & Nutrition

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    Some American adults get too little vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. More than 40% of adults have dietary intakes of vitamin A, C, D and E, calcium and magnesium below the average requirement for their age and gender. Inadequate intake of vitamins and minerals is most common among 14-to-18-year-old teenagers.

    Adolescent girls have lower nutrient intake than boys. But nutrient deficiencies are rare among younger American children; the exceptions are dietary vitamin D and E, for which intake is low for all Americans, and calcium. Approximately one-fifth of two-to-eight-year-old children don’t get enough calcium in their diets, compared to a half of adults and four-fifths of 14-to-18-year-old girls.
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    AAmy Myers, MD, Functional Medicine, answered
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    Corn is a hidden ingredient in many foods, so you may experience symptoms of a corn sensitivity and not even know it. Watch functional medicine specialist Amy Myers, MD, share common names for corn, and what you can substitute for corn in your diet.
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    AJanet Brill, PhD, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    What are the health risks of eating undercooked beans?
    Eating undercooked beans can be toxic, as they contain a protein called lectin that can cause many GI issues. Watch nutritionist Janet Brill, PhD/RD, discuss why it's key to fully cook your beans, and the symptoms you can experience if you don't.
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    AHayden M. Pasco, MD, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Chippenham Hospital - HCA Virginia
    We eat a lot of processed foods because they are convenient, and often simple modifications can not only improve your family's diet, but prevent more serious diseases later in life. A strategy for healthier grocery shopping is to focus on the outer sections of the store, where the fresh produce and foods are usually based. Stay away from the inner aisles, which feature processed foods. Make cooking healthy meals part of the family routine. There are many online resources for recipes that feature fresh, whole foods and ways to eat well without breaking the budget.
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    ALucette Talamas, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida
    It’s important to eat fruits and vegetables every day. If unable to buy fresh, other options to keep in your pantry include:
    • Fruits packaged in juice, instead of syrups. The important thing is to eat the fruit, not necessarily drink the juice.
    • Dried fruit Check ingredient list to make sure it contains no added sugar. Follow serving size listed on package to keep calories in check.
    • Canned vegetables Choose “no salt added”, “Reduced sodium, or “low sodium”
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    AKaryn Purvis, PhD, Psychology, answered
    How can my child overcome deficits resulting from malnutrition?
    Malnutrition when a child is in utero, an infant or a toddler can cause lifelong health problems, says Karyn Purvis, Phd, founder and director of the TCU Institute of Child Development. Watch her tips on how to overcome it.
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    ALionel Bissoon, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
    Oysters are rich in zinc. This mineral blocks the aromatase enzyme, which keeps estrogen levels low and testosterone high. While alcohol can stimulate the production of the enzyme in the liver and induce lipogenesis (fat production), zinc will counteract belly fat.
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    AElissa Epel, PhD, MS, Integrative Medicine, answered
    How can mindfulness make us eat healthier?

    Mindfulness allows you to focus on what and how you're eating instead of on other things like stress, says Elissa Epel, PhD, a stress and obesity expert at the University of California, San Francisco. In this video, she explains.

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    AUCLA Health answered
    There are a number of questions that can help you to determine your dietary needs as you grow older:
    • What is your ideal body weight, and what steps will help achieve it?
    • Are there medical conditions that could benefit from more attention to nutrition?
    • Are medications, drug or alcohol use affecting nutrition?
    • Would additional testing be useful to diagnose nutritional deficiencies?
    You might want to go to a dietitian or nutritionist to get more detailed advice on your dietary needs.
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    AUCLA Health answered
    Dietary changes are critical to successfully manage many common medical conditions, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. That’s true whether you are young or old. In the elderly, however, social isolation, alcoholism and dementia are common causes of malnutrition and require nutritional intervention as part of treatment.