Eating for Wellness: Nutrition
There are six major nutrient groups: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. Nutrients can produce energy for the body, build or repair the body or regulate the body. Carbohydrates and fats are energy producers. Proteins perform all the functions. Minerals and water are builders, repairers and regulators. Vitamins are in the regulatory category.
1gram of Carbohydrate = 4 Calories; 1gram of Proteins = 4 Calories; 1gram of Fat = 9 Calories
Proper nutrition is very important for the person's body to function at its optimum level. Too much on one nutrient or too little of one can have dire consequences. Here are some examples:
- Heart Disease: too much fat and/or salt
- Colon/Rectal Cancer: too much fat or fiber
- Stroke: too much salt or being obese
- Liver Disease: too much alcohol
- Kidney Disease: too much proteins
The New Food Pyramid - My Pyramid
Get information about the new food pyramid set by the US Governement in 2006.
Minerals & Supplements
Info on Iron, Calcium, and Glucosamine.
Info on Vitamins A, D, K, E, C, and B-complex.
Dieting & Weight Loss
Reviews of popular diet plans, plus weight loss tips, tools, and calculators.