The start of the school year means kids are on the go with new studies and activities. This presents an even bigger challenge for parents seeking healthy choices for their children's diets. FoodFit asked pediatric nutrition expert Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob what parents can do to ensure their kids are eating nutritiously. He offers great ideas for improving your child's diet without driving yourself crazy. Food Is Fuel for Learning A well-nourished child can concentrate better and has better memory skills. Dr. Ayoob says evidence that nutrition makes a big difference for kids is most obvious with breakfast. Kids "seem to do better on memory tests … math tests … and they seem to be much more focused on their school work." Ayoob actually sees kids walk into his office at 9:30 a.m. drinking soda because "their parents say they didn't have time for breakfast." That excuse doesn't work for him. Ayoob emphasizes that eating nutritiously doesn't have to be time consuming and suggests … [Read more...] about Kids and Nutrition
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Chocolate-covered pretzels: a favorite snack of sweet/salty aficionados. © Stephanie Frey/iStock/Thinkstock Salted caramels. Chocolate-covered bacon. Ice cream and pretzels. Kettle corn. And the classic kid combo -- French fries dipped in a milkshake. Is your mouth watering yet? The marriage of salty and sweet is one that shouldn't work, but magically and deliciously does. We can't get enough of it. Too much sugar is overly intense and too much salt simply tastes terrible, but when you mix the two, the combination is heavenly. What's the science behind this phenomenon? First, let's talk about taste. We have five primary tastes -- sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. Umami is a relatively newly discovered taste, and is Japanese for savory or delicious. Contrary to what you probably learned in elementary school, each taste bud can sense all of these. Our bodies evolved with taste buds for a reason. For example, we taste sweet in order to fuel our bodies with carbohydrates. … [Read more...] about Why do sweet and salty taste so good together?
Eating right is the cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle. There are many factors we can't control in regard to health -- hereditary conditions, environmental concerns -- but we can control what we eat, which can help us fight disease, encourage healthy metabolism and more. In this article, we'll discuss the importance of nutrition, how protein and fat fit into the picture, how to reduce fat and more. You'll learn about vitamin and mineral supplements, special needs diets and how important drinking water is. We'll cover: The Importance of Water Water is essential to life. Every part of your body relies on it. Your blood, for example, is more than three-quarters water. Other body fluids, like saliva and digestive juices, are based on water. Almost every chemical reaction in the body takes place in a water medium and you couldn't get rid of body wastes without it. Learn how much water you need to drink a day, and why. The Truth About Carbohydrates Is bread really bad? Many diets eschew … [Read more...] about How Nutrition Works
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Nutrients That Increase in Importance With Age The following nutrients are important to overall health for seniors. Getting the recommended daily intake helps with everything from building muscle to proper digestion. Protein Recommended Intake: Men: 56 grams a day ; Women: 46 grams a day You need protein because your body requires the individual amino acids that link together to form proteins in foods. Once you eat protein-containing foods, the proteins are separated into individual amino acids in your digestive system and are used to build, repair, and maintain your body's tissues (skin, muscles, internal organs). Though they can be assembled in an almost infinite number of combinations, there are only 20 amino acids. Nine are essential, meaning they must come from your diet. Your body can manufacture the rest. Foods that contain all nine essential amino acids, such as fish, poultry, eggs, milk, and beef, are called "complete proteins." All protein provides four calories per gram … [Read more...] about Nutrition for Seniors