Healthy Eating

How TV Can Influence What Your Child Eats

TV time can take a toll on your child’s nutrition because many kids are easily swayed to choose the foods they see advertised on television.

Every day, we are faced with an abundance of food and nutrition information and choices. Making smart food and nutrition choices is a necessary part of everyone's daily life.

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  • Healthy Eating

    Coconut Water: Is It What It's Cracked Up to Be?

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    If you've read about coconut water, you'd think it was a miracle beverage that could cure you of everything from heart disease to obesity. We asked two nutrition experts for their take on this popular drink. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    Eating to Boost Energy

    Tara Gidus, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD

    Let's face it, we are are busy, stressed, need more physical activity and sometimes have poor eating habits — all contributing to low energy levels. One way to fix our energy deficit is changing how we eat. Read More

  • Cancer

    Nutrition During and After Cancer Treatment

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Food and nutrition are critical parts of any successful cancer treatment. Nutrients support the growth of healthy cells in your body; they also go a long way toward helping you keep your energy and strength. Read More

  • Digestive Health

    Easing Your Child's Constipation

    Constipation can be painful, stressful and embarrassing for kids and it takes a toll on parents, too. If your child is struggling with constipation, they're not alone. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    What to Look for in Yogurt

    Yogurt comes in such an array of flavors and styles, the choices can be overwhelming. Here is a breakdown to help you select what’s best for you and your family. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    Eat Smarter: 3 Tips for Healthier Eating

    Taylor Wolfram, MS, RDN, LDN

    Do you ever feel as though a sweet tooth or craving for salty foods is holding you back from your health goals? You can still eat right while including these occasional treats. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    Is Your Kid Over-Caffeinated?

    Approximately 75 percent of children, adolescents and young adults in the United States consume caffeine, a compound that stimulates the central nervous system. Read More

  • Types of Vitamins and Nutrients

    Eat Your Spinach

    Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients and is an excellent source of folate, vitamin A, iron and vitamin K. Read More

  • Eating as a Family

    Keep Kids Out of the Clean Plate Club

    What seems like nurturing and concern may actually be an invitation to an eventual weight problem. Forcing kids to overeat teaches them to ignore their bodies’ signals that they’ve had enough. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Have your healthy New Year's habits already begun to fade? Recharge your resolutions during National Nutrition Month® with help from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    A World of Flour

    Sharon Denny, MS, RDN

    Today, supermarkets stock myriad milled options — beyond traditional wheat flour — reflecting increased consumer demand for diversity in the baking aisle. Read More

  • Preventing Illness

    Benefits of Java

    If you think your morning cup of joe provides nothing more to your body than a jolt of caffeine, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that coffee provides some health benefits. Read More

  • Preventing Illness

    Inflammation and Diet

    Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD

    We know that some foods have the capacity to suppress inflammation, but it's unclear how often and how much is needed for this benefit. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    In a Nutshell

    It's easy to lump nuts into one category, but what makes each nut meat special is its unique package of nutrients, taste, texture, origin and culinary uses. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    What Is a Whole Grain?

    Including whole grains as part of a healthy diet has been shown to help reduce cardiovascular disease, lower body weight and reduce incidence of diabetes. Read More

  • Tips for Weight Loss

    Stop the Cravings! Eat Right!

    Feeling guilty after giving in to that chocolate craving? You can stop the cycle without giving up foods you enjoy. Follow these tips for handling food cravings. Read More

  • Cooking Tips and Trends

    Do the Salsa

    Salsa is a healthy and delicious way to add the right amount of spiciness or sweetness to your dish. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Healthy Eating for Women

    A balanced diet is a cornerstone of health and women have special nutrient needs that change during each stage of a life. Read More

  • Eating as a Family

    Set an Extra Plate

    It may sound counter-intuitive, but if you'd like to help your child become a better eater invite one of their friends to dinner. Read More

  • Snack and Meal Ideas

    Veggies: The Stars at Your Dinner Table

    One way to increase vegetable consumption is to make them the star of the meal. Kids love meal bars like potato bars, salad bars and nacho bars, and they're great ways to introduce new veggies. Read More

  • Nutrient-Rich Foods

    What Are Food Additives

    Food additives have been used for centuries to improve and preserve the taste, texture, nutrition and appearance of food. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Why Is My Child Always Hungry?

    There are two basic types of hunger: emotional and physical. Learn the difference between eating to deal with feelings and eating because the body is signaling it needs nutrients. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate

    Healthy Weights for Healthy Teens

    Are you a busy teen with no time for diets or complicated eating plans? Here are some ways to get the nutrients your body craves and have a healthy weight at the same time. Read More

  • Your Health and Your Weight

    Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids

    A healthy weight for kids is about much more than numbers. It is about healthy behaviors, such as enjoying a variety of nutrient-rich foods and a variety of activities for strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity. Read More

  • Vegetarian and Special Diets

    Healthful Vegetarian Meal Ideas

    A healthy vegetarian diet includes a wide variety of foods from all the food groups. Be creative in planning menus and trying new foods. Here are some healthful, vegetarian meal ideas to get you started. Read More

  • Healthy Eating

    Try Heirloom Fruits and Vegetables

    Like family keepsakes, heirloom fruits and vegetables celebrate heritage. They are grown from seeds that have been passed down generation to generation in order to preserve special varieties. Read More