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What are some current nutritional issues, such as obesity or malnutrition, that might affect preschoolers?

Obesity: Weight issues even in young children are on the rise. Our society has a lot of cheap, easy access, calorie-dense and nutrient-poor foods available and many are marketed to children. Did you know that the largest toy distributor is actually a fast food chain? Give our kids real foods and avoid giving them sugar-sweetened beverages including juice. ...Read more

Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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What are the nutritional difference between cooking oils?

The fat balance!: The new heirarchy is monosaurated fats (peanut, olive, canola), satuated fat (coconut), polyunsaturated fat (safflower, corn). ...Read more

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What is the nutritional difference between eating egg whites and whole eggs?

What is the nutritional difference between eating egg whites and whole eggs?

Calories: The white has the protein, the yellow as the healthy omega three fats and cholesterol and thus more of the calories of the egg. Both are needed for a healthy diet. The body shuts off from making an unhealthy cholesterol in the liver, when it derives cholesterol from a natural healthy source as eggs. ...Read more

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What is the nutritional difference between mandarin orange, tangelo and tangerine?

What is the nutritional difference between mandarin orange, tangelo and tangerine?

None: These are essentially equivalent. More time gets wasted in discussions of "healthy eating" then perhaps anything else in health. Maintaining your level of physical fitness is much more important for an ordinary person than obsessing over food choices. My sixth sense tells me you already know this. ...Read more

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Wholemeal bread replaced white bread in nutritional value. Now wholegrain bread has taken over. Is there a lot of difference between the last two?

Wholemeal bread replaced white bread in nutritional value. Now wholegrain bread has taken over. Is there a lot of difference between the last two?

Wholemeal is the: Term used in the UK for wholegrain; it's the same thing. To maximize your nutritional intake you might consider choosing multi-grain bread. The less processed and the wider the spectrum of color and nutrition the better. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there any nutritional difference between outdoors grown and greenhouse grown tomatoes, since almost all are now greenhouse grown?

Is there any nutritional difference between outdoors grown and greenhouse grown tomatoes, since almost all are now greenhouse grown?

Yes: Unfortunately our food supply is not what it used to be. Hothouse vegetables often do not contain the expected nutrients. The critical difference is that crop rotation and soil rest are necessary for the produce to contain nutrients. ...Read more

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Is there any major nutritional benefit difference between Whole Grains and Vegetables?

Is there any major nutritional benefit difference between Whole Grains and Vegetables?

Absolutely: Whole grains: type of carbs (4 Cal/gm). Eg would be bread or pasta. Generally do not contain vitamins or minerals.

Vegetables: provides type of carbs as well, though more specifically they have more dietary fiber (Stuff that helps lower cholesterol and keep regular bowel movements). Also are relatively high on vitamins and minerals.

Ideally, make a colorful plate - spinach in pasta with EVOO. ...Read more

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What is the nutritional difference between proteins, lipids and carbohydrates?

What is the nutritional difference between proteins, lipids and carbohydrates?

Fats more calories: Fats are more energy dense- they have 9 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram in carbohydrates and proteins. ...Read more

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Hi. .. I just discovered I am deficient in chromium and selenium. .. My research has led me to trying brewer's yeast as a nutritional supplement. .. I'm struggling understanding the difference between brewer's yeast and nutritional yeast. .. I believe the

Hi. .. I just discovered I am deficient in chromium and selenium. .. My research has led me to trying brewer's yeast as a nutritional supplement. .. I'm struggling understanding the difference between brewer's yeast and nutritional yeast. .. I believe the

One is heated.: Nutritional yeast and brewers yeast are from the same organism saccharomyces cerevisiae. The organism is heated and deactivated in nutritional yeast products,
and it not with brewers yeast. Most people find brewers yeast bitter secondary to the alcohol and hops it comes from, although there are companies that claim there
brewers yeast are fermented cleaner. Both are geat sources for nutrients. ...Read more

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Malnutrition? Doc said that I was lacking nutrition and pointed out the lines I have in my nails. What should I eat to get my necessary nutrients?

Malnutrition? Doc said that I was lacking nutrition and pointed out the lines I have in my nails. What should I eat to get my necessary nutrients?

Specifics?: Are there particular vitamins or minerals that are missing from your diet? If yes - consider working with a nutritionist to develop a diet that will address those deficiencies. ...Read more

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How much percentage height growth is determine by genetics, family history. If a child is not malnutrition and take normal nutrition is ok for growth?

How much percentage height growth is determine by genetics, family history. If a child is not malnutrition and take normal nutrition is ok for growth?

Not really known: Life cannot be calculated in percentages, so it is not known exactly how much of a person's height is determined by genetics. We presume most of his height is genetically determined, if he had a normal childhood with adequate nutrition. ...Read more

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What is the difference in the nutritional content of fast food compared to healthy food?

What is the difference in the nutritional content of fast food compared to healthy food?

Fast food: Too many calories, too much fat, too much salt, not enough potassium to mention a few. You can go to say McDonald's web site and see all the details on what is in everything they serve. ...Read more

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What conditions are related to poor nutrition?

What conditions are related to poor nutrition?

See below: Low or inadequate protein in the diet can cause kwashiorkor- where you see people with large distended bellies.
Inadequate calories leads to marasmus, very skinny frail looking and wasting away but protein intake is usually enough. You can get a combination of both. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of poor nutrition in children?

What are the health effects of poor nutrition in children?

There are many: Adverse health effects of poor nutrition in children, such as poor growth, obesity, poor weight gain, more frequent infections, poor brain development, poor bone health, decreased ability to focus in school, decreased energy and therefore decreased ability to exercise enough/properly, among others. ...Read more

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Poor nutrition slows growth but will it affect final height?

Poor nutrition slows growth but will it affect final height?

Yes: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a person nor his doctor can do to increase height. In rare cases, growth hormone is approved for use in younger, extremely short kids. ...Read more

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What’s the life expectancy of someone with gastroparesis? (With no notable sings of bad nutrition at all)

What’s the life expectancy of someone with gastroparesis? (With no notable sings of bad nutrition at all)

Depends on underlyin: Life expectancy's hard to answer; it depends on the patient's underlying conditions (cancer? autoimmune disease? diabetes? neurologic diagnosis?) more so than on gastroparesis per se. Gastroparesis just means that the food transits slowly. It says nothing about whether the food is nutritive, or if the nutrient absorption is poor. So nutrition may be good in gastroparesis. TTYD or HealthTap Prime. ...Read more

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What can cause low vit d levels other than lack of sunlight and bad nutrition?

What can cause low vit d levels other than lack of sunlight and bad nutrition?

Several causes: Some people do not absorb enough vit d from intestines because of bowel abnormality called malabsorption (celiac disease and cystic fibrosis). The major cause is lack of sunlight which assists in vit d production. Because of all the protection of skin against sunlight to prevent skin cancer, people have become too protected. Vit d supplements are available, but 15 min sunlight exposure /day is good. ...Read more

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How does poor nutrition affect gu system?

How does poor nutrition affect gu system?

Huge effect: In the us poor nutrition usually involves too many carbs and unhealthy fats. That ends up causing many different gu problems from infections to kidney stones to fertility problems. Look into paleo or primal lifestyles to keep all your body systems working well. ...Read more

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What diseases are related to poor nutrition? Are they all treatable if you start eating right?

What diseases are related to poor nutrition? Are they all treatable if you start eating right?

TNTC: Too numerous to count- poor nutrition can lead to any vitamin or mineral deficiency and their consequent problems. Eating right can resolve the problem ...Read more

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Can bad nutrition (i don't eat very well) and being skinny affects the growth of body or growth of beard? . 21 years old male.

Can bad nutrition (i don't eat very well) and being skinny affects the growth of body or growth of beard? . 21 years old male.

Yes: Inadequate nutrition can affect growth. Zinc is especially needed for hair growth. In adequate dietary zinc could lead to poor hair growth. However, at age 20, you probably have grown as much as you will. Malnutrition of nutrients such as Iron, calcium, zinc, can affect your body's ability to function. ...Read more

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Can poor nutrition cause platelets to drop?

Can poor nutrition cause platelets to drop?

Not really: Depending on the cause of "poor nutrition", a person may become deficient in iron, B12, folic acid, or something else, but this causes anemia rather than low platelets. "Natural / holistic" diets can be as unhealthy as eating a lot of junk. Best wishes ...Read more

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Is poor nutrition over time caused by not eating healthy food?

Is poor nutrition over time caused by not eating healthy food?

Yes: That is one cause, another cause is a problem with absorbing food. A third cause is a problem with metabolizing the right food. So for example, a person with inflammation of the gut, may eat healthy foods and not absorb them due to inflammation in the intestines. Celiac and Crohns are two examples, and can be tested for. ...Read more

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Is reactive arthritis related to poor nutrition, in terms of causes and treatment?

Is reactive arthritis related to poor nutrition, in terms of causes and treatment?

Reactive arthritis: Arthritis is due to inflammation in the joint spaces. Proper nutrition is important for well-being and for healing. Everyone who has poor nutrition does not have reactive arthritis; the cause and effect relationship between the two is not established. ...Read more

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Is is true that poor nutrition during your infancy causes you to have shorter arms and legs?

May: Different type of nutritional deficiencies may produce different growth disorders. Vitamin d defieicncy and resultant rickets may cause arms and legs to be shorter than normal. ...Read more

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Besides poor nutrition, what causes vitamin d and iron deficiency?

Besides poor nutrition, what causes vitamin d and iron deficiency?

Depends: Vitamin d deficiency is usually poor intake or lack of sunlight exposure or both. Iron deficiency can be poor intake, poor absorption, or excessive iron loss, which usually means bleeding. ...Read more

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If you were compelled to spend 3 days completely without sleep/poor nutrition, what is the best tactic? Food, sleeping technics, preparation, supplements?

If you were compelled to spend 3 days completely without sleep/poor nutrition, what is the best tactic? Food, sleeping technics, preparation, supplements?

Avoid it: Having been on call a lot in my life, I can tell you that staying awake for 72 hours straight will increase your goofy-titer. Any decisions you make after 24-36 hours are likely to be stupid ones, with slowed reaction time too. You may also hallucinate. Truck drivers, airline pilots, and even military people know to rest and feed themselves. It may be in shifts, but rest is essential. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss or have a late period because of a combination of too much stress and poor nutrition?

Is it possible to miss or have a late period because of a combination of too much stress and poor nutrition?

Yes: Missed/late period: low body wt, obesity, weight ^ or v, ^exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, perimenopause, just starting menstruation, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e., polycystic ovary syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can poor nutrition lead to diabetes? As in low calories and lots of water everyday. Will the blood panel tests and urine tests show any abnormalities?

Can poor nutrition lead to diabetes? As in low calories and lots of water everyday. Will the blood panel tests and urine tests show any abnormalities?

Yes: Being overweight and inactive can lead to insulin resistance and eventually to type two diabetes. Try to maintain a healthy weight for your age and height. try to be physically active. Eat a healthy diet which minimizes processed foods and includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Does Poor Nutrition and Lack of Sleep cause a Small Head Circumference?

Does Poor Nutrition and Lack of Sleep cause a Small Head Circumference?

Unlikely the issue: Head size is usually determined by genetic factors from one or both parents. In some, brain abnormalities or syndromes that result in poor development of the brain structures will result in less natural push to create a larger skull. These patients are significantly impaired. ...Read more

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Can poor nutrition and moderate alcohol consumption cause high protein in urine and can it be corrected by getting healthy?

Can poor nutrition and moderate alcohol consumption cause high protein in urine and can it be corrected by getting healthy?

See doctor: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it is imperative that you see your doctor to determine the cause of protein in urine, as it can be an early sign of kidney disease. Poor diet and alcohol may not explain the finding. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a severe infection plus poor nutrition cause hair loss?

Yes: Poor nutrition can cause hair loss. Zinc deficiency is one example of a condition that can cause hair loss. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Can muscle wasting make you significantly weaker? I'm finding my physical job much harder after weight loss due to poor nutrition went fr 167 to 150

Can muscle wasting make you significantly weaker? I'm finding my physical job much harder after weight loss due to poor nutrition went fr 167 to 150

Energy deficit: You need to make sure that you are giving your muscles enough fuel. At your weight and doing physical work you should be eating around 200 grams of carbohydrates per day for energy. Then you also need about 80-90 grams of high quality protein and as much healthy fat (like olive and coconut oil) as your body wants. ...Read more

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Can u list what may stunt my growth: stress, depression, poor nutrition, physical abuse, daily hookah smoking, mother loss at age 2? I might stunt it?

Can u list what may stunt my growth: stress, depression, poor nutrition, physical abuse, daily hookah smoking, mother loss at age 2? I might stunt it?

What is stunted?: Your physical growth can be stunted by growth hormone deficiency or nutritional deficiencies or just the genes you inherited. Your psychological growth can be fixated (stunted) by loss of the mother, physical abuse, and pot and alcohol abuse. Why don't you start working in therapy on those things you have control over. It's hard enough on men who are short. It's even harder on immature men. ...Read more

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What is malnutrition?

What is malnutrition?

Poor nutrition: Mal nutrition- means poor nutrition, it can mean not enough protein, not enough carbohydrates and or not enough fats in the diet. All of the above are needed for a healthy body. Under nutrition can also lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as iron poor anemia. The best plan is a well balanced diet, with a variety of foods- eating in moderation, from each food group-= ...Read more

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What causes malnutrition?

Many things: Poor intake of food, inadequate absorption, increased requirements as during inflammation and infections. Absorption conditions that can lead to malnutrition for example, include, celiac, crohn's and colitis. Increased losses may be seen in maldigestion such as pancreas problems- diabetes, - where you don't metabolize sugar and carbohydrates in your body without the help of insulin. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced. Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more