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Natural EatingSodium is a mineral needed by your body in small amounts (probably only about 500mg daily) for electrolyte and fluid balance and for transmitting nerve impulses. The newest recommendation from the National Academy of Sciences is to limit your sodium intake to 1,500mg per day or less, but most people easily consume many times this amount. Someindividuals are sodium sensitive, meaning high sodium intake contributes to high blood pressure, and low sodium intake may correct high blood pressure. Read the rest of this entry »

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dietAlternatively, you can calculate your carbohydrate and protein needs first, and then determine how many grams of fat are required to make up the balance of your daily calorie needs.

Many people consume more fat than necessary by relying too heavily on convenience foods and restaurants. Although keeping tabs on your total fat intake makes good sense, it’s also important to realize that not all fats are created equally. Some types are associated with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses, whereas others have been shown to reduce your risk for these very conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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grainsWhole grains and their related food products are nutrition powerhouses. Unfortunately, many of the grain foods we eat have been processed in a way that removes vital nutrients.

What’s the difference, and how can you tell whether you’re buying a whole grain? The original grain has three main components—the bran, endosperm, and germ. Food processors often remove the bran and the germ, so that the resulting product may be deficient in the nutrients concentrated in those parts of the grain. Read the rest of this entry »

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dietThe popularity of low carbohydrate diets is causing quite a stir among health professionals, government organizations, and ordinary people trying to figure out the best way to lose weight.

Unfortunately, these diets ignore some of the most fundamental issues regarding unhealthy body weight: an abundance of high-calorie, nutrient-sparse foods; lack of physical activity; unmanaged stress; and inadequate coping skills. Any diet that manipulates food choices to reduce total calorie intake has a good chance of producing weight loss, and cutting back on carbohydrate-rich foods is a pretty simple way of accomplishing just that. Read the rest of this entry »