Basic Nutrition

Children and Protein: How Much Do They Need?


Every cell, muscle and organ in a child’s body needs protein. When kids eat protein-rich foods, their bodies break the protein down into amino acids that they need to grow and function optimally. Meat, poultry, fish, beans, tofu, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds and grains can all help your child get an adequate amount of…

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Natural Sugar in Fruit: Healthful or Harmful?


Fruit contains a natural sugar called fructose. Unlike sucrose, or table sugar, fructose does not cause abrupt fluctuations in your blood sugar levels because your body digests it more slowly than sucrose, according to researchers of a study published in 2008 in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” who added that diabetics are often advised…

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Health Benefits of Sugar Cane Juice


Sugar cane juice is popular in parts of Southeast Asia and South America, where sugar cane is an important crop. You may even see it for sale at farmers markets or festivals in the southeastern United States, as it is widely produced in Florida and Louisiana. Although it appears to provide few nutritional benefits, it…

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What’s Healthier–Wheat Bread or Potato Bread?


Potato bread is similar to other common bread types, except that potatoes are added to replace some of the flour. In the United States, grocery stores generally sell leavened, sliced potato bread, along with white, wheat and other varieties. Wheat bread, often touted as healthier, is lower in sugar and higher in some vitamins than…

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How Much Fat Should the Average Woman Take in Daily?


The average woman needs about 2,000 calories per day to stay at her current weight, according to the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Less active women need fewer calories, while very active women need more. For healthy weight control, you should follow a balanced diet, which means that you don’t take in too much…

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