Nutrition

Our bodies are literally made from the food we eat, which also provides the energy that every cell needs to live and do its job. Good nutrition can help you to live a longer active life and reduce your risk for serious health problems.

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The Fate of Glucose

The Fate of Glucose

There’s a lot that has to happen to get glucose into the bloodstream, starting with the food choices you make in a grocery store or at a restaurant. 
How Important Are Calories?

How Important Are Calories?

Different people derive different amounts of calories from the same food, determined by individual factors. One such factor is the gut microbiome, which varies widely.
Making Glucose

Making Glucose

If you think of body fat as an enemy, gluconeogenesis can be an ally. But only up to a point—if your body deems it necessary, it will break protein down to produce glucose, even if that protein has to be extracted from your muscle tissue. 
What Is Fat Made Of?

What Is Fat Made Of?

When we digest the food we eat, the fats in the food are broken down into their parts, and fatty acids move through the intestinal walls, into the body.
Food Labels — What Should You Look at First?

Food Labels — What Should You Look at First?

When evaluating a product at the grocery store, ignore the pretty packaging and any claims on the front of the package. Instead, flip the package over to inspect the nutrition facts label, and look at the ingredients.
What Are Proteins Made Of?

What Are Proteins Made Of?

There are around 20 different kinds of amino acids, each made of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen (and sometimes sulfur) atoms in a specific arrangement. These are the building blocks of proteins.
Are You Eating a Healthy Diet?

Are You Eating a Healthy Diet?

Tufts researchers report that the great majority of the meals Americans eat at fast food restaurants are of poor nutritional quality—85 percent of those consumed by children and 70 percent for adults.
Avoiding Diabetes

Avoiding Diabetes

The CDC states about 25% of all adults 65 and older are diabetic. At what age should you take steps to keep that from happening to you?
USDA Diet Guidelines

USDA Diet Guidelines

Do the diet guidelines provided by the US Department of Agriculture promote better health?