Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Nutrition Is More Than The Nutrition Facts Box


Nutrition usually only comes up when people are finally deciding to diet. By that point, the only purpose of mentioning nutrition is just to find a reason why one particular diet might be better than another. However, most fad diets do not work nearly as well as the originators claim they will, due to the nature of most strict diets.

The majority of weight-loss diets work by banning you from eating certain foods that you would normally eat. Sometimes this means eating less of a food or ingredient, but often it means totally abandoning certain food groups.

Obviously if the food you are cutting out altogether is junk food you will be better off nutritionally. The problem is that when you totally stop eating a food that you are used to eating regularly, you will get cravings for this food.

Right from the start you will have a major temptation to cheat on the diet. Eventually you will probably cheat and render the diet useless. You should therefore opt for diets that don't restrict you as severely as this.

Most diets tend to focus on one attribute of food as being a problem (such as carbohydrates, or fat). A better approach is to look at the overall nutritional value of the food.

For example, many popular fad diets focus on eliminating fat, or sugar, or carbohydrates from the diet. This gives people blinkered vision by looking at only part of the nutritional picture and leads to bad nutritional decisions.

Say you are on a diet which aims to avoid carbohydrates. You have to decide between a diet soda (which is bad for you in almost all respects but contains very few carbs) and a fruit juice drink (which is very good for you but is high in carbs). The diet would have you disregard your general health and go for the diet soda. The best choice is, of course, the fruit juice which is rich in minerals and vitamins and is much better for you.

The best way to take care of yourself is to make sure that your chosen meals are nutritious, as often as you can. Try to make sure that you eat a balanced diet, consisting of several different types of food.

When choosing food for its nutritional value it is best to avoid packaged meals and food. This food is packed full of chemicals and retains few of the minerals and vitamins present in fresh food. Pre-packaged food will also tend to have an unhealthy amount of salt in it.

If you get into the habit of eating fresh food that you cook yourself you will become much more aware of what you are eating and what is in it. You will be able to ensure you don't eat too much sodium for example and it will be obvious to you if you are eating too much of one thing or indeed too much of everything.

The most important thing to remember about nutrition is that in order to be healthy, you have to look closer at the ingredients in the food you eat. While different statistics like calories, grams of fat, and grams of sugar are good indicators, the ingredients list is key to figuring out whether or not you should eat that particular food.

Connie Roemer is the Staff Writer ofFF Nutrition This is where you will discover excellent information, resources and articles you want on nutrition. Connie also invites you to sign up for her free newsletter.

To find out more go to: http://www.ffnutrition.com


MORE RESOURCES:

Live Science

Cucumbers: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts
Live Science
Few foods are as cool as a cucumber. These low-calorie veggies contain many nutritional benefits, including hydrating properties and valuable nutrients. There are hundreds of varieties of cucumber, and they come in dozens of colors, but the edible ...



Berkeley: Panel discussion set on nutrition programs in Berkeley schools
Contra Costa Times
BERKELEY -- MomsRising and the Ecology Center on Thursday will co-host a discussion on Berkeley Unified School District nutrition programs for parents and other interested parties. The meeting at 7 p.m. at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave., will ...

and more »


KVIA El Paso

Summer Meal Programs Offer Nutrition, Combat Hunger for America's Children ...
USDA.gov (press release) (blog)
More than 21 million American children and teens depend on free or reduced-price school meals during the school year, and when school cafeterias close, many of them lose their most important source of balanced nutrition and are at risk of going hungry.
Daleville City Schools offering summer feeding programThe Southeast Sun
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Joins Community Partners to Expand Access to ...eNews Park Forest
WDC offering free summer mealsWadena Pioneer Journal
WEAU -KGNS.tv -Greenville Daily Reflector
all 55 news articles »


The New Republic

The Nutrition Gap
The New Republic
The Nutrition Gap In America, where the pharmaceutical industry is king, many doctors dismiss nutritional therapies as quack medicine. But many patients disagree, and they're taking matters into their own hands—sometimes to the detriment of their health.



News-Medical.net

Second phase of Nutrition Facts Education Campaign launched in Canada
News-Medical.net
The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today launched the second phase of the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign (NFEC) to help Canadians make more informed ...
Government of Canada Launches New Phase of Nutrition Facts Education ...Virtual Press Office (press release)
New Health Canada campaign to explain food labelsToronto Sun

all 6 news articles »


NPR

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science
NPR
Bohannon, a science journalist who also has a Ph.D., lays out how he carried out an elaborate hoax to expose just how easily bad nutrition science gets disseminated in the mainstream media. Diet science, Bohannon stresses, is still science – and ...
Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate StudyWAMC

all 125 news articles »


Politico

Nutrition: Fair shares
Politico
According to FAO data, 898 million people are undernourished and going hungry across the world, and more than one third of the deaths of under-45-olds are attributable to under-nutrition. At the same time, 1.4 billion are overweight, including 500 ...

and more »


Kane County Chronicle

Food and nutrition keep the bones strong
Kane County Chronicle
Here are some facts that should scare you straight when you head to the dinner table. Fact, it's true that we all lose bone as we get older. If you don't have enough calcium and Vitamin D in your diet, you can suffer substantial bone loss. This often ...

and more »


Healthy Eats (blog)

Nutrition News: Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Get Real, Kids' Summer Fitness Tips ...
Healthy Eats (blog)
Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, both owned by Yum Brands, have announced plans to eliminate artificial colors and flavors from their menu items. This means that Taco Bell's seasoned beef will soon feature black pepper rather than “black pepper flavor,” and ...
Pizza Hut to nix artificial ingredients by JulyPizza Marketplace

all 122 news articles »


Redding Record Searchlight

Kids jump, run and learn about healthy foods in Nutrition Olympics
Redding Record Searchlight
The school was one of 20 in the North State that participated in Nutrition Olympics put on by the University of California Cooperative Extension Cal Fresh Nutrition Education Program. Students participate in seven events that get them moving, such as ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.