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Nutrition pyramid

Nutrition pyramid is in important too for the use, for the health conscious persons. We know that our health depends upon the food that we eat. It also depends upon the activities that we undertake every day. Nutrition pyramid puts both our physical activities and food requirements in to proper perspective
Like any other pyramid, nutrition pyramid also has a very wide base and narrowing upside culminating finally in the tip of the pyramid. The base will obviously denote the foods that we can consume more. The top will signify the foods that we can consume very less. The nutrition pyramid published by US govt shows following anatomy.
The left hand side of the nutrition pyramid shows a person walking up the steps. First of all, the dynamic figure shows importance of the regular exercise. Daily physical activity is most important. If you want to remain healthy, then consuming food is also essential. If you consume the food, then converting it into essential chemicals required by the body is important. For this proper digestion should take place. For proper digestion, daily, regular physical activity is a MUST.
The inside body of the nutrition pyramid shows different food groups. Each food group is broad at the bottom. As it approaches the top, it goes on narrowing. What does this part of nutrition signify? It signifies moderation. The foods which contain sugars are at the top part of the nutrition pyramid. The foods which do not contain any added sugar are at the bottom of the nutrition pyramid. When the food contains no fat or very little fat it resides at the bottom. The more you do physical activity; your body will need more foods with fats or sugars. If you want to eat more of chocolates and other sugar added foods, you must do lot and lots of exercises.
The personalization is shown by the steps the person is climbing. It will have personal slogan and url.This will be personalization part of your nutrition pyramid.
There is proportionality feature in the nutrition pyramid. But generally the nutrition pyramid does not show exact mathematical proportion. The nutrition pyramid shows approximate proportionality. This is more in guiding nature. The width suggests how much a person should consume the food from each group.
The variety of foods is represented by the color bands, in the nutrition pyramid. There are five food groups and oils are sixth requirement of the body. The first point to be noted in this part of the nutrition pyramid is that our body requires every type of food. Nobody can avoid consuming any one type of food group. For good health, we must consume every type of food.
The gradual improvement is shown by the slogan and small steps taken, in the nutrition pyramid. If you bring small changes in your diet, your life style, you can become healthier.

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Nutrition | Leave a comment

Nutrition information

Nutrition is an extremely popular subject. People have lot many doubts and want their questions answered. Where can one get nutrition information? There are literally thousands of web sites devoted to the topic of nutrition. You can go to any of them to get your nutrition information. There are specific groups also. So you can get specific nutrition information by joining these groups. We will get the nutrition information given by the government web site.
USDA or united State Agriculture Department is a government department. They have well known National Agricultural Library. This library maintains Food and nutrition information center on the internet. On this site you will always get authentic nutrition information.
This nutrition information is arranged in two types. There is section called as A to Z .Here obviously you can get any nutrition information very easily. For example people are interested in allergies and food sensitivities. Suppose you click on this link, then what
nutrition information ,will you get?
There will be different sections devoted to nutrition information for one particular group. Generally people are interested in commonly occurring food items like eggs or fish or milk etc. Choose the topic of your interest to get more nutrition information on that topic
Suppose that we have chosen milk as our topic for further nutrition information.
The next page will give answers to everything that is in your mind regarding milk allergy.
First information that you will like to be answered will be, how can you manage your milk allergy? It is very well explained here. Thus you get your nutrition information. You will like to use milk free products. And so you will want nutrition information on milk free products. You will get it here. How to read milk free product labels? Info is here.
Many people feel that goat milk can be safer substitute for cow’s milk. But this official govt website says that is simply not true.
Second important nutrition information is that substances having casein in them can be substitute for milk. Some Jewish milk free product as per their religious belief may contain small amount of milk in it. Calcium lactate can be taken by the person having milk allergy. There are other interesting features also here.
If you do not want to use the A to Z feature, then there are many other alternatives also.
You can browse through by using subject line. If you want dietary guidance, just choose that topic and you will get everything that you are interested in. If you are interested in lifecycle nutrition, just click on the relevant link and you will get all the needed info.
If you are interested in food composition, just click the relevant link, and you get everything. Getting nutrition information is very easy on the internet.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Nutrition | Leave a comment

Nutrition month

The ADA or American Dietetic Association is famous all over the world. The ADA sponsors one campaign annually in the field of nutrition. This is about educating people and giving people information about nutrition. This campaign is known as national nutrition month. We know that a month starts with the weeks. Similarly this month was originally in week form. It all started in March 1973.The national nutrition month has come a long way from those starting days.
The national nutrition month focuses on two important points. First point, emphasized by the national nutrition month is that a person should get informed about the foods and after that he should make informed food choices. Who will provide the scientifically correct nutrition information about foods to common public? Of course, this is the precise work that national nutrition month activist actually undertake. ADA is sponsor of this information mission. ADA has more than 67000 members. These members are food and nutrition professionals. This is biggest body of this type. These professionals provide latest, scientifically accurate nutrition information to public at large through the national nutrition month medium. So the first part of the mission is to provide information about nutrition. Then second part is to encourage the average people to take informed decisions about their food choices.
Nutrition involves two points. First is about eating habits and second is about the physical activities that you undertake. The national nutrition month helps you to understand what are the good food habits from nutrition point of view. The national nutrition month gives you extensive knowledge about what are bad food habits and how they destroy your health. The national nutrition month gives you all the scientifically proved, latest information about good and bad food habits. It educates you about good effects of good food on your health. It warns you about bad consequences to your health, if you continue taking bad food same points apply to your physical activities. If you want to remain healthy, you must take certain physical activity everyday. The national monthly nutrition gives you all the information regarding what sort of physical activity you should undertake to remain healthy and fit the national nutrition monthly gives timely information about all nutrition in most authentic manner

Though this started as week in 1973, in 1980, a month was observed and thus started the national nutrition month movement. The national nutrition month is registered trade mark owned by ADA and it can be used as per their guidelines.
The national nutrition month provides you nutrition fact sheets. The national nutrition month provides you good nutrition list. My pyramid is provided to you with all the info by the national nutrition month. Consume nutrition information is also provided to you by the national nutrition month. If you want to get professional help, the names of professionals in your area is provided by the national nutrition month.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Nutrition | Leave a comment

Nutrition for kids

The awareness about the nutrition in kids is necessary for developing their healthy future. There are lots of sites on net devoted to nutrition for kids. These sites dealing with subject of nutrition for kids do dish out dry statistical facts about the nutrition for kids. They are essentially interactive in nature. There are lots of online games giving kids all the info in the topic of nutrition for kids. There are fun games which kids will enjoy to play and in the process their knowledge about nutrition for kids increases greatly. There are simple pictures about the nutrition for kids. The kids can color these paintings and in the process acquire lot of knowledge in nutrition for kids. There is food pyramid for kids. Here kids can play the game and also understand what food pyramid is and how to use it for keeping their body healthy and fit.
The subject of nutrition is pretty vast .The nutrition for kids is very interesting topic covering kids of different age group. In the age group of 1 to 17, your body is constantly growing. The growth demands different types of nutrition at different age groups. It is necessary that parents are aware of nutrition for kids at different stages of their growth. It is also necessary to educate kids about their body requirements. This is especially necessary because of their impressionable age. The kids can get carried away very easily in their teenage. There is also lots of peer pressure to follow asset pattern of behavioral pattern. This means kids can pick up bad habits very fast. If they pick bad food habits at younger age, it is difficult to get rid of bad food habits afterwards. It is better that children are well educated in their knowledge of nutrition for kids.
The food industry always tries to attract the impressionable kids towards their addictive products with lots of ads and media pressure. The kids are attracted towards bad food naturally. To wean away them from bad food habits, getting educated in nutrition for kids is very important. It is the duty of the parents to first learn everything about nutrition for kids. The parents should gently pursue the child to get involved in all types of activities concerning nutrition for kids. It is also necessary for the parents to get rid of all the food habits which are undesired from nutrition for kids point of view. If the parents themselves indulge in the alcoholism themselves, can they expect kids to become nonalcoholic?
The responsible parents not only get themselves educated in nutrition for kids, they also themselves follow the principles involved in nutrition for kids.

March 18, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Nutrition | Leave a comment

Parental nutrition

We all know that we take food which is converted in to the useful body chemicals by the digestive juices. First we use mouth to eat food properly and afterwards the gut part of our body works on the eaten food. If due to any medical reasons it is not possible to give food using mouth, food is delivered via tube in to body. But if gut part of the body is not functioning, then what is the solution? The parenteral nutrition is the solution to this problem The parenteral nutrition means feeding a person intravenously. Here both eating and digesting steps are completely avoided. The parenteral nutrition means bypassing usual digestion process totally.
Which types of persons will be requiring the parenteral nutrition? If there is any damage to the digestive system or if digestive system is not working properly, you are forced to try the parenteral nutrition process. After surgery many times patients are not in a position of using their digestive system, so they will be using the parenteral nutrition method. Some patients have chronic digestive problems; they will require the parenteral nutrition method. Some people go in to the coma; these types of patients also require the parenteral nutrition method.
Short term use and long term use of the parenteral nutrition method are used depending upon the situation. In case of surgeries, long term use is recommended. This method has saved lives of many small children having, deformed guts. But it is always controversial decision to use the parenteral nutrition method. The reason is, there are lots of side effects or complications may arise during the use of the parenteral nutrition method.
All the nutrients required by the body are fed through the veins. There are macronutrients such as carbohydrates; proteins etc. there are micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Both types of nutrients are required by the body and have to be supplied in the parenteral nutrition method. If excess of nutrients are provided to the body, they do create lots of complications. If less nutrition is provided, problems due to malnutrition occur.
Thus maintaining required balance of nutrients poses medical challenge. So it is necessary to monitor nutrient levels in patient continuously.
The procedure of intravenous supply of nutrients is not easy. Battery operated infusion pumps have to be used. Generally after every few hours next nutrition feed has to be given. The choice of the vain through which the nutrient feed is to be given is complicated decision to be handled by doctors using the parenteral nutrition method.
The most commonly occurring complication is of course bacterial infection. There is catheter in main artery all the time increasing the bacterial infection many times.
Sometimes liver failure can be a complication in the parenteral nutrition method.
This can occur, because food directly inside the veins is difficult for the liver to act upon.

March 10, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Nutrition | Leave a comment

Nutrition labels

All packaged food items have nutrition labels on it These nutrition labels carry information regarding the nutritious constituents in the food packaged in them. We eat food. But not all of the food is useful to the body. The chemicals which are not useful to our body are thrown away as the human excreta. What we eat is converted in to the useful chemicals by the digestive juices produced in the body. These digestive juices can react on certain types of foods only. Anything that can not react with the digestive juices is thrown away as the waste by the body. The nutrition labels tell us exactly useful
part in the packaged food..
Our body requires lots of useful foods to keep our body healthy. Thus the nutrition labels help us maintain our health. Now let us consider the items published on the nutrition labels and try to understand them.
Nutrients are the foods that are essential for body building. Vitamins are required by our body. Their deficiency can cause lot many health problems. Thus we must have certain amount of vitamins in our daily food intake. The nutrition labels have clear cut information about available vitamins printed on them.
Some nutrients printed on nutrition labels are measured in grams and are denoted by g.
Some nutrients info is given in milligrams on the nutrition labels Some information is given as percentage, on the nutrition labels.
The first important info is servings contained in the pack. You can decide how many individual servings you will require. The second point is amount per serving.
The nutrition labels also tell you about the serving size. It can be two cookies for example. It can be a cup of cereal. Thus you get an idea about the serving size in ordinary measuring units. The nutrition labels make it very easy for you to decide whether consume one cookie or two.
The nutrition labels give you info about the calories present in one serving. The calories can come from the fats or they may come from other sources like proteins. It is absolutely necessary to know amount of calories coming from fats. This is something that every weight conscious weight watcher has to watch. This calorie info is given on the left side of the nutrition labels.
Percent daily value is another important info on the nutrition labels. Suppose that an adult person needs 2000 calories per day. If the serving is giving 200 calories of energy per serving, then it will be noted as 10 % of your daily need. The amount of the sodium, potassium or minerals and vitamins remain the same. They do not change as per calories.
Total fat is another valuable info on the nutrition labels. Fat can come from different sources. Their individual info is also given along with the total fats. This is vital as everybody needs to monitor his fat intake closely to keep himself healthy.

March 10, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Nutrition | Leave a comment