Eating a variety of foods each day that are low in fat and calories ensures you get proper nutrition and nutrients like folate, magnesium and iron. Calcium, fiber, potassium and selenium are other nutrients essential for wellness, growth, development, cell repair and disease prevention. Colorful foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are often the richest sources of nutrients. Taking a multivitamin once daily is a good way to supplement your diet.
1 AnswerNational Kidney Foundation answeredOxalate is a compound naturally found in many foods. These foods include fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, grains, legumes, and even chocolate and tea. Some examples of foods that contain high levels of oxalate include: peanuts, rhubarb, spinach, beets, chocolate and sweet potatoes.
1 AnswerOne hears all the time to limit portions, or to eat a certain amount of “servings” of fruit and vegetables per day. Here is a guide for some common portion sizes. One serving of each of these types of food looks like:
- Medium whole raw fruit: A baseball
- 3 oz piece of meat or fish: A deck of cards
- 1 cup of fruit or vegetables: A person's fist
- 1 oz of cheese: A pair of dice
- 1 teaspoon: Tip of the thumb (from the knuckle)
- 1 tablespoon: 3 thumb tips
- 1/2 cup pasta (cooked): A scoop of ice cream
- 1 cup green salad: 2 cupped hands
1 AnswerBased on the evidence, coconut oil is not the miracle food some claim it to be. It isn’t necessarily bad for a person. In fact, coconut oil can improve cholesterol balance, is better for certain types of cooking and does not appear to have any major negative effects on human health. Coconut oil can be used in moderate amounts in addition to other healthful food choices, such as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly.
Other oils like olive and walnut also have health benefits. For example, walnut oil is a good source of omega-3 fats, and in a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, eating a Mediterranean-style diet consisting of whole grains, lean protein, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats, including higher amounts of olive oil, reduced the risk of heart disease by 30%.
One important note: Hydrogenated coconut oil contains trans fats and should be avoided, whereas virgin coconut oil does not. If using coconut oil, be sure to buy virgin coconut oil. It can be found at most large grocers in a person's area.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
1 AnswerMixing sesame and rice-bran oils helped reduce blood pressure in human study subjects, according to an Indian study presented at a recent American Heart Association meeting. Not all fats are equal. These cooking oils can help a person stay on a heart-healthy diet without skimping on taste or satiety.
1 AnswerTwo new developments should convince a person to avoid the temptations of junk and fast food once and for all. To wit:
- One single junk-food meal can damage a person's arteries. One high-saturated-fat fast-food meal can seriously strain one's cardiovascular system, according to Canadian researchers. The main damage was to vascular endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels.
- High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is associated with increasing global obesity rates. A study published in Global Public Health found that countries that use HFCS in their food supply had a 20% higher rate of diabetes than countries that didn’t use it.
1 AnswerMultiple Sclerosis Foundation answeredAll fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Most dairy group choices should be fatfree or lowfat. Foods made from milk that retain their calcium content are part of the group. Foods made from milk that have little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream and butter, are not. Calciumfortified soymilk (soy beverage) is also part of the dairy group. The amount of food from the dairy group you need to eat depends on your age.
2 AnswersMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredWhen you’re dehydrated, you hold onto water in the wrong places, which can make you look and feel bloated. Foods that are wet are full of water to flush out your system and fight inflammation. Wet foods have two main characteristics -- a water content of 70% or higher and 5 grams of fiber or more per serving. They’re usually whole foods with low salt content. Since most food labels don’t display water content, identify wet foods by seeing if they fit into either of these two criteria:
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- Wet fruits and vegetables should juice if you bite or cut into them. For instance, banana and avocado are not wet foods.
- If the food swells or requires water or liquid to be prepared, it can be considered a wet food. For example, you need water to prepare dry beans and oats and chia seeds swell when wet.