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Child Nutrition?

When it comes to child nutrition a healthy diet is always the best way to go. Offering a child a healthy diet helps with diabetes and obesity. On a daily basis a child should have 5 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables. A child should be offered protein, whole-grains, milk, and water. When offering a child meat it’s best to broil the meat, but you can grill the meat as well. Some meats can be steamed, too.


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how to sneak nutrition into a child’s food?

1. Offer them the chance to dip. Kids can’t resist the urge to dip their food. You can take advantage of this phenomenon by offering your child healthy items to dip into dressings…more

how to get a child excited about nutrition?

1. Take your child to the library once a week to look for kid-friendly books on nutrition. Read them together, and take simple notes about good versus bad foods and their effect on …more

how to know the nutritional requirements for your child?

Video Transcript. Are you a parent and wondering how to know the nutritional requirements for your child. Look no more, I’m here to help. I’m Isabelle Simon your personal and workplace…more

how to make a child’s nutritional assessment chart?

Video Transcript. Hi, I’m SeAnne Safaii, registered dietitian, and I’m here to talk to you today, about your children’s nutritional assessment. There are three things that we need…more

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What Is It Called If You Can’t Breathe in Deeply Because You Get a Large Pain in Your Chest?

When chest pain is experienced when breathing in, you may be suffering from pulmonary embolism. This disease is a life threatening condition that can cause death and it is due to a blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs.

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what is the cause of my sharp chest pain when breathing deeply or coughing?

is the pain in the area where the seat belt hits your chest? could be an internal bruise from the car accident….more

what is it called if you can’t breathe in deeply because you get a large pain in your chest?

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What could it mean when you have pain in your chest when you breathe in deeply

There are some serious problems, like a pulmonary edema, but it cou……more

What are causes of upper left side back pain when breathing deeply?

Many different things cause pain, however, in the situation that you have described, I would suspect a cracked rib….more

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Chemical Formula for Hemoglobin?

There is no exact chemical or molecular formula for Hemoglobin. It is actually created by a series of amino acids. Hemoglobin can be best represented by using the empirical formula.


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What is the chemical formula for hemoglobin?

C587 H1213 N218 S3 Fe…more

What is the chemical formula for blood (or hemoglobin)?

Hemoglobin is a globular protein, an natural organic polymer. It doesnt have an exact formula, rather it has but good luck writing it down. The empiric formula is C738H1166N812O203S2Fe…more

What is the Chemical Formula for Soap?

The chemical formula depends on the brand and type of soap, since different soaps have different ingredients. Once you find the ingredients, you can determine the chemical formula…more

What is the Chemical Formula for Gold?

Gold is a member of the family of transition metals. On the periodic table Gold is represented by the symbol Au. It has an atomic number of 79….more

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Organic vs non Organic Foods

The biggest difference in organic vs. non-organic foods as seen by shoppers who stroll supermarket isles, is the price. This is no doubt the biggest reason not to buy. There are, upon close inspection, some slight flaws in the organic variety, especially in the fruits. And too, the skins of apples, as one example, may not be as shiny and as appealing to the eye since no polishing was done.

The reasoning behind buying organic is that the produce has been grown in soil with no potentially poisoning fertilizer added and no harmful sprays have touched the leaves. All fertilizer has been from organic sources; many of these are from fish byproducts and sea weeds. All these farms that grow organic foods commercially are inspected and supposedly are healthier.

Making the decision to switch over from non-organic to organic has to be a personal choice. I would recommend those that have immune system problems, or more specific, known allergies to ingredients to harsh fertilizers, definitely buy only organic vegetables and fruits. Others with specific problems could sporadically do their own testing.

As to taste, there probably isn’t much difference, but there is a big difference in nutrients. Taste is variable and has much more to do with how long ago the fruits and vegetables have been picked. As a past organic gardener – on a small scale – I know that from season to season some varieties of vegetables – I never grew fruits – would be more flavorful. All this had to do with the seasons and the weather more than types of fertilizers.

Tomatoes are one vegetable – or quite correctly fruit – that becomes almost inedible if the season has been a wet one. They taste much better with just the right amount of water and lots of sunshine. Melons are another whose taste depends on lots of water and exactness of nutrients. Whether the type of fertilizer makes the difference here is questionable.

As to the quality of canned or frozen organics, the difference is usually in the amount of salt of the canned over frozen in either non-organic or organic. Par-boiling the vegetables for a minute and then rapidly cooling and packaging will result in a better frozen product of either type.

It is doubtful whether the method of growing has any effect on the preservation method. At least from the standpoint of the home method; I cannot speak for the commercial variety. I would assume there is not much difference.

In the best of worlds we should all be eating foods that have been grown organically, but in this depressed economy we now live in, we must make choices differently. I would suggest, if at all possible when gardening, and this may be something all of us will have to consider doing in the future, go organic. It is far less expensive, and much healthier to both humans and to the environment.

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Healthy Post Workout Snack Ideas

Working out is very commendable, but you still need to pay attention to how you refuel afterward. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you should eat a snack or meal within 15-60 minutes of exercise in order to replace fluid and electrolytes and muscle fuel (or carbohydrates), as well as to provide protein to “aid in the repair of damaged muscle tissue and to stimulate development of new tissue.” The following snacks will help you to do just that.  

Turkey sandwich

Turkey is well-known as a lean source of protein. When combined with whole-wheat bread, you will also get a necessary injection of carbohydrate. Don’t be tempted to go overboard with spreads, cheese or dressing, however – instead, add tomato, lettuce or watercress so that you fit in some nutritious vegetables too. 


Smoothies make a nutritious and filling post-workout snack because they’re versatile and you can blend whatever types of fruit you enjoy. Smoothies based on banana and/or yogurt can be particularly satisfying following a workout. Even better, if you can’t be bothered to make up your own smoothie, there are plenty of ready-made options you can buy.

Museli, fruit and yogurt

If you’re heading home after your workout, the combination of museli, fruit and yogurt is a quick and easy solution to rebuilding energy levels. Try low fat Greek-style yogurt for a blast of protein without too much fat and differ the fruit according to your mood. Berries can add just the right amount of tartness and the museli adds a much needed portion of grains.

Hummus and pita bread

Hummus is made from chickpeas and therefore provides your body with both protein and carbohydrates. Coupled with some whole-wheat pita, you have a snack that will help your body continue to release energy for hours afterwards. Alternatively, chop up some raw carrot, cucumber, celery and pepper and dip slices in the hummus for a tasty snack with extra vitamins.

Rice cakes

Rice cakes are often considered to be boring, but they can form part of a tasty snack if combined with cottage cheese, peanut butter, fruit or vegetables. They are low in calories, so you can munch on three or four without doing too much damage calorie-wise — although of course, it really depends on what accompanies them. 

Dried fruit and nuts

A handful of dried fruit and nuts can be an ideal snack following a workout. The nuts provide plenty of protein and good fats, and the dried fruit, in moderation, can provide you with enough sweetness to stop you from craving chocolate or something equally unhealthy. Make sure you drink plenty of water at the same time, which will help replace fluids and fill you up more quickly.


Eggs are high in protein and can make a delicious snack if turned into an omelette. Instead of combining the omelette with cheese, go for a healthy selection of vegetables. Any vegetables will do, but onions, pepper and tomatoes are particularly tasty. If you can’t eat an omelette without cheese, top it with a handful of grated low-fat cheese.

When you’ve finished a workout, you may be tempted to head for something quick, sweet and probably unhealthy. However, if you are well-prepared, there are plenty of healthy snack options that will help your body recover and are delicious at the same time.

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Healthy Eating Tips for Teenagers


Many teenagers believe that in order to be a healthy eater, they need to cut out junk food altogether. Healthy eating is associated with dieting and many teenagers have an attitude of “Well, I am not on a diet why should I eat healthily?”

Junk food is more readily available; it is marketed more aggressively and is firmly embedded in the teen psyche. In many cases, junk food is far cheaper than healthier options.

What many teenagers don’t realise is that healthy eating is not an option. Yes, it is your choice, but in terms of your health, body and mental well-being it is not an option that you can choose at will. Healthy eating is a vital necessity.

It is not about getting rid of junk food altogether it is about making sure you have a balanced diet, and ensuring that junk food isn’t all that you eat or even a major constituent of your diet.

You control what you put in your mouth, but remember what you put in your mouth controls you. An unbalanced diet is not just unhealthy it is extremely dangerous.

Make the right choices the quality of your life depends upon it


Many people use the excuse that water isn’t “nearby” for not drinking enough water during the day. Yet, water is the second most important component of our lives next to air. Very little can occur in our bodies without water, and we need to replenish it as often as possible. Think of a washing machine you wouldn’t wash load after load with the same water and so it is with our bodies: we need to flush out old water and replenish with new every day. Most people need 8 glasses of water a day, but if the weather is hotter than normal, or if you do lots of exercise, then you should up your intake and drink more. Make water more accessible by carrying around a bottle than can be refilled throughout the day.


The recommended daily intake of refined sugars is, for the average person, about 10 teaspoons of sugar. That is roughly one can of fizzy drink. Many teenagers drink 2 to 3 (and sometimes more) cans/bottles of fizzy drink every day. To burn off the calories from just one can of soda, the average person would have to walk 3 miles for 45 minutes or cycle vigorously for 22 minutes. If these calories are not burned off, they are stored as fat in the body. Given that teens do not exercise enough, they run the risk of becoming seriously overweight.

And there are serious health risks associated with being overweight.


Glucose carried in the blood stream supplies the brain with ninety percent of the energy it requires to function properly. As soon as we eat sugary snacks or drinks, our pancreas produces insulin, which pulls the glucose away from the brain to store it for later use. This makes us sluggish and it is harder for us to concentrate. Often students who eat high-sugar lunches, peak for a short while, but then lose energy very quickly and become tired. Instead of having a steady energy supply, students fluctuate between moments of high energy and moments of low energy.

The brain needs a steady supply of energy when studying so avoid sugary snacks and sweet drinks before or during learning periods. The types of sugars found in sweet snacks are not pure glucose, and can actually interfere with the brain’s glucose absorbing capacity. Choose to eat foods that are high in natural glucose like fruit.

Besides the dental risks, the main problem with eating too many sugary snacks is that it stops us from eating the foods that our bodies and brains really need.


“Junk food” is only junk food when that is all you are eating or mainly what you are eating. The chief problem with eating junk food is that it is replacing the healthy food that you can and should be eating. So, when you feel hungry, instead of giving your body the best fuel it can have, you choose instead to eat something which does not have a high enough nutritional value.

There is nothing wrong with having a packet of greasy chips now and then as long as you are also eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and getting plenty of exercise. Junk food should be a very small part of your overall diet not the main ingredient.


Many teens struggle to keep a balanced diet because the lure and temptations of fast food are everywhere. There are, unfortunately, many teens who don’t even know what a balanced diet is. And even when parents provide healthy meals, many teens, because they have snacked on junk food, refuse important foods, like fruit and vegetables. Imagine you are a parent and you have to prepare all the meals for your child for a day. What would be the healthiest menu you can offer?

The next time you say, “Oh I don’t like this vegetable, or that fruitI don’t like the taste of healthy food,” stop and think for a second. You might not like the taste of certain thingsbut that’s just your tongue the rest of your body craves and loves those foods which will be most nourishing.

An unbalanced diet can make it hard for you to concentrate for long periods of time. It can make you moody and sluggish. It also can make you irritable and decrease your motivation. It increases your chances of falling ill often. It can make your skin greasy and more prone to pimples. It makes your hair look dull and your complexion look sickly. It makes it harder for you to study and remember things. It can either make you malnourished and/or obese.

An unbalanced diet means your brain cannot develop fully, and neither can anything else in your body. Oh, and an unbalanced diet will affect your sexual performance later in life.

When you think about your future, remember that your nutritional choices will directly dictate the quality of life that you will have.

And the time that you will have to live it.

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All Natural Peanut Butters are not Alike but are they really all that different

All natural peanut butters are not alike, but are they really all that different? Depending on your nutritional needs, they can be.

Peanut butter has been hailed as a healthy snack, if you can limit how much you eat. It is a good source of protein, vitamin e, niacin and fiber, but the fat and calorie contents are high.

There are three major brands of natural (not organic) peanut butter sold in the United States: Smart Balance, Smucker’s Natural and Skippy Natural. Of the three brands, the major differences among them are the ingredients, price and the taste.

Nutritional content is very similar with one exception; Smart Balance contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. These two acids are necessary, in proper balance, for good health. Since the only way for the human body to obtain these acids is from food, this can be one source, but given the fat and caloric content of peanut butter, it could be argued that there are better sources.

All three peanut butters have no trans fat, which is good, but two of the three brands still contain palm oil, which is not so heart (or environmentally, but that is another story) friendly.

I have constructed a chart showing the ingredients and nutritional contents of the three peanut butters. One serving is two tablespoons.

Brand Smart Balance Smucker’s Natural Skippy Natural

Ingredients peanuts, palm peanuts, salt peanuts, sugar, oil, salt, molasses palm oil, salt.

Fat 17 grams 16 grams 16 grams

Saturated fat 3 grams 2.5 grams 3.5 grams

Trans fat 0 grams 0 grams 0 grams

Calories 200 210 180

Sodium 110 mg 120 mg 150 mg

Carbohydrates 6 grams 6 grams 7 grams

Protein 7 grams 8 grams 7 grams

The taste of the three peanut butters is one consideration when choosing a brand. Personally, I found that the Skippy Natural tastes the most like “regular” peanut butter. It was given the Chef’s Best Taste Award from the Culinary Chef’s Association.

The Smucker’s and Smart Balance are both good tasting quality peanut butters, but they do need to be stirred, while the Skippy does not. That may not be a deal breaker for some, but if you have arthritis or other problems with your hands, you may want to take that into consideration.

You can keep your peanut butter in the refrigerator, which can lesson the separation and reduce the need for stirring.

Depending on your particular taste and nutritional needs, you can choose the peanut butter that may be better for you. For example, you may be counting calories so the Skippy Natural looks like the better choice, but if you have high blood pressure, you may want to choose the Smart Balance for the lower sodium.

If you are concerned about the palm oil, then you would want to choose the Smucker’s Natural I hope this helps in making an informed choice when choosing the peanut butter that is best for you.

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Foods that Aid Beauty

The benefits of eating healthy are huge for anyone’s body, and I’m going to post Four Superfoods that can help aid your beauty. Of course drinking juices like V-8 can help with vegetable intake, but nothing beats the real thing.

Number One: Acai fruit

These little berries are rather small, round, and purple. The Acai resembles a grape or a blueberry, but is much smaller and darker. The majority of this little berry is taken up by a Seed, but there is a fair amount of pulp. The Acai has been used by natives of Brazil for thousands of years, and it provides 10 times the antioxidants found in grapes. The Acai will help boost stamina, digestion, mental focus, and sleep. The Acai fruit has more protein than the average egg, which is great if you are body building and you don’t want egg whites. The Acai fruit helps eliminate cancer cells, and helps premature aging and makes your skin look healthy and smooth.

Number Two: Garlic

Garlic along with other vegetables in the Allium Family, can help prevent colon cancer, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These vegetables include garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives and shallots. These vegetables also help the cardiovascular system.

Number Three: Barley

Barley is used in most soups like campbells vegetable, this vegetable is great for lowering cholesterol. Barley is filled with antioxidants which can prevent cardiovascular disease.

Number Four: Lentils

Lentils have been used in foods like soup ever since the ancient Greeks. Lentils are good like beans for protein,calcium,phosphorus,Vitamin B and iron.

Number Five: Barley Grasses

Barley Grass is a botanical which can help correct many complaints. Barley grass can help cure inflammation in your bowel area that can cause severe pain in the abdominal, and barley grass can cure frequent diarrhoea.

Number Six: Peppers

Almost every culture enjoys hot peppers in food, I’m italian and Spanish and these are a major part of my life. Hot peppers can help with high blood pressure which many Americans have. Hot chile peppers can also help with pain & discomfort in your joints. And dried peppers can help with poison ivy/poison oak rash, which is a major irretant.

These four foods will greatly enhance your lifestyle by providing much needed vitamins.

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Comparing Smuckers Smart Balance and Skippy Natural Peanut Butters Natural vs Perservatives

Who doesn’t love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Some people think, fattening, when it comes to peanut butter, but in moderation peanut butter is one of the perfect foods we have for energy and health. In this day of natural vs. preservative filled foods, the big question is which is better? When it comes to peanut butter natural is the way to go.

Several big companies have created their version of the natural peanut butter. Smart Balance, Smuckers, and Skippy are three major brands that have created natural peanut butters, and we are going to put them to the test.

First, let’s define what natural peanut butter actually is. If you walk into a natural food store, you will find a grinder full of peanuts. Natural peanut butter is just that, ground up peanuts. The taste is very pea nutty, and the consistency is a little heavy. But those of you who are skeptical, that is okay because Smuckers, Skippy, and Smart Balance have created natural peanut butters that are comparable in nutrition and tastes a little more American style.

Peanuts and thus natural peanut butter have many nutritional values. Two tablespoons of peanut butter are only 190 calories, 8 grams of protein, and about 18 grams of fat. This sounds like a lot of fat. It is about 25% of your daily fat intake. This is the type of fat you should eat. Then the 75% left for the day could be the meat at dinner, snacks, and some at breakfast. Peanut butter is also a good source of calcium, potassium, and folate; Peanut butter has zero cholesterol.

Comparing Skippy Natural, Smart Balance, and Smuckers Natural this humble writer found based on taste, spread ability, nutrition, and cost. Skippy natural tastes the best. It tastes like Skippy yet it is more natural. It spreads the best, and cost the least, $2.57. But, there is sugar and palm oil in it. Now, the fat content is less but for overall health the palm oil and sugar make it the least natural. The sugar makes you want to keep eating more and more. This is good for our tastes and minds but not for the fat areas on our bodies.

Smart Balance Omega Chunky tastes a little like fish, because of the flax seed oil. Natural wise it is in the right direction, but there is molasses and oils that aren’t necessary. Cost is mid-range $2.95 for 1pound. Smuckers is the favorite, because it tastes good and pea nutty. It is only peanuts and salt. That is all you need, especially if you are adding jelly. The cost is $2.97 for 1 pound. The most expensive, but worth the extra few cents. Your body won’t have to work as hard processing the oil and sugar. The only downside is Smuckers recommends refrigerating after opening. The peanut butter gets very hard and difficult to spread. I just put it in a cool place and leave it out and have never had a problem.

You might think peanut butter is fattening but in the realm of a whole day it is a very good necessary fat. The benefits out weigh the fat content. Remember it is mostly the good fat and not the harmful one. You may not think that the added extra sugar makes that much of a difference, but over time sugar can be very damaging. It cakes onto the arteries and limits blood flow. Too much sugar has been said to lead to premature aging. When it comes to natural vs. sugar and preservatives this writer always chooses natural to live a healthier, longer life.

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Organic Verses Conventional Produce is Organic Food Healthier than Conventional Food Organics

You find yourself standing in the produce section during your weekly grocery shopping trip. All around you there is a fantastic variety of colors, scents, and textures. Though the bins of apples all look relatively the same, the stickers adhered to each show different growers’ names, different places raised, and many are showing a newer label. The USDA organic label. Comparing apples to apples, which is better? Conventionally grown produce or organic?

In order to decide which selection you should make on your next venture to the supermarket, you have to know the differences between conventional and organic produce. What makes produce organic?

For produce to be labeled with the USDA’s certified organic seal, it must have been grown on a farm that meets strict standards that meet both federal and state guidelines. Organic farms work diligently to keep water and soil in its most natural state by avoiding chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. Plants are fertilized with all natural manure and pests are kept at bay with natural trapping methods. Insects, like spiders, are commonly used in some crops to keep devastating pests under control.

It is a three year process for a farm to be considered certifiably organic by the USDA. Only after three full years of practicing organic methods can the farm earn the USDA’s certified organic seal. This seal is what all shoppers looking for true organic produce should search for.

Conventionally grown produce also must meet strict standards to be considered healthy for consumption. All chemicals used on plants must meet the set safety guidelines. Many conventional farmers reassure consumers that chemicals are a necessary part of having healthy and bountiful crops, and that they are safer than ever before.

Many farmers that choose to grow foods by conventional methods point out that due to the organic crops’ all natural fertilizers, they can put consumers at an increased risk of certain dangers. E. coli outbreaks from produce like spinach and other organically grown produce have shed a bit of light on the myth that organic food is always the safer choice.

There is no proven difference in the nutritional value of either conventional or organic produce. Though the growing methods can be vastly different, the end result of both farming methods is healthy fruits and vegetables. Calories, fat, vitamins, and minerals do not seem to be affected by either method of growing.

Choosing which type of produce is best for your family can be tricky, even after you know the facts. Many consumers look simply at costs. Organic food is almost always more expensive than conventional due to the farming methods involved and lesser crop yield. However, as more people demand organic food, the prices will begin to look much less intimidating. Until prices are evenly matched, many will choose conventional. Others choose conventional because they fear bacterial outbreaks from organic foods and take comfort in the chemicals used on conventional farms. People should take note that no farm is totally safe from bacterial outbreaks.

Some people choose to buy organic for environmental reasons. Due to the natural processes used to grow each crop, organic farming is known to be healthier for the soil and water supply in the surrounding area. Many believe that consumption of chemicals, over a period of time, can lead to many health problems. From headaches to cancer, the claims are endless.

Most people tend to fit in the middle of the produce debate. Many choose to buy organic produce when they can afford to, and conventional when the purse strings are a bit tight. They may choose to buy organic apples due to eating the peel of the fruit, but stick with conventional oranges. If they will be peeling the outer section off, they see little reason to spend more for chemical free.

Some have found that they enjoy the taste of organic or conventional better, and so stick with their favorite for this reason. Most people cannot detect a taste difference in produce, whether fresh, canned, or frozen, due to the way it is grown, but a small percentage swear one is better than the other.

Weighing the pros and cons of organic and conventional produce can be quite tricky. The more you research each method of farming and the end resulting products, the easier it will be to make the right decision for you and your family.

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