Women of childbearing age (especially those who are pregnant or trying to conceive) are advised to eat 400 mg of folic acid (folate) daily to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, from occurring in their babies. New research, reported in... Read more
There are many benefits to being vegetarian and vegan. Regardless of why you chose such a lifestyle, it’s not enough to simply cut the meat, poultry, and seafood from your daily menu. Animal products do offer nutrients that support growth, body... Read more
You walk into your local grocery or convenience store and inevitably stumble upon a sea of energy bars. Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the plethora of health claims, you quickly buy an eye-catching bar with an appealing flavor. But did you really ge... Read more
Editor's Note: After much deliberation, food writer John "Mr. Bad Food" McGran has come up with the "best" of the worst foods he’s reviewed over the past year.
Here there are in his words (in no particul... Read more
Q: Will carnitine help me lose weight?
A: In theory, carnitine, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, could be a good weight loss supplement because it helps move components of fat into the area in cells where they are burned. There is, howev... Read more
I have just notices that on the tracker my Fiber for the day has changed. This was always confusing but is even now more so.
Before it was set to between 25 and 35 grams a day. This was ok but when I went 1 gram over I warned me that " over 50... Read more
I try to follow a low to moderate carb diet. I don't eat any wheat products, and do limit my white starches like rice and potatoes. The majority of my carbs come from fresh vegetables and I'm generally sitting around 10-15g of fiber per day. I feel g... Read more
I have checked the detailed info for each of the food items I have listed within each meal, and yet the total fiber (a nutrient I told it to track in addition to the basics) does not add them up properly. I should have 11-15g, not the 3g it has tra... Read more
I have always just done fine drinking 6 glasses of water per day until recently. When I got down to 155 I noticed that I would start having muscle cramps and I would perspire at the slightest amount of doing any physical activity. Now if I do not dri... Read more
Originally I was hoping I could consume less than 3000 mg of salt intake, but after almost eight months of trying I seem to have given up on that idea as I continue tract 3500-5000 mg daily. Which is not bad considering the first 48 years of my... Read more
Constipation is a gastrointestinal issue for most diabetics. Causes: not enough water, low fiber foods, high meat intake, lack of exercise, stress, nerve damage, thyroid issues, improper food and improper fluid intake& even medication. Drink lots of... Read more
Consuming no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, while aiming at a goal of 1,500 mg sodium for health. Heart Issues, Blood Pressure, Meniere's, and other salt inhibited disorders are all welcome!... Read more
The dailySpark reader AHHGEE recently asked about quinoa.Quinoa is turning up everywhere these days. This little grain, while still relatively unknown in North America, has been around since ancient Inca times, when warriors reportedly mixed quinoa w... Read more
Folate is a water soluble B vitamin (B9) that is naturally found in food. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate found in supplements and fortified foods. Folate plays a vital role in good health. It helps make normal red blood cells and aids... Read more
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