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Doctor insights on: Why Is It Important To Eat Healthy Food Instead Of Junk Food

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Is it possible to eat only vitamins and junk food?

Is it possible to eat only vitamins and junk food?

Minerals and Protein: Everybody needs complete protein, including the 10 essential Amino Acids in the proper ratios and 15 minerals including calcium, potassium and iron, along with the 13 vitamins every day. Fast food can supply these if wisely chosen, but "junk food" as soda, candy, sweet and salty snacks generally cannot. Check the labels! ...Read more

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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


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Is it okay to eat junk food while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Is it okay to eat junk food while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

That is your choice.: Just remember that poor choices are additive, good choices are also additive. ...Read more

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What foods should you eat to maintain a healthy diet, and what is the exact amount of food should you eat daily?

What foods should you eat to maintain a healthy diet, and what is the exact amount of food should you eat daily?

Protein & vegetables: A rough guide to determining the amount of calories the average adult should consume daily is about 10x your weight. But using calories alone to gauge intake is not enough. Essentially I have found that small meals of mostly protein and above-ground vegetables maintains ideal body weight, chemistry and hormone levels. Individual genetics, activity, and medical conditions influence this greatly. ...Read more

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Good calorie food to eat which food is best please?

Good calorie food to eat which food is best please?

Calorie foods: Nuts, bananas, peanut butter, pure fruit juice, yogurts, salad dressings, pasta, breakfast cereals, butter. Try these to start. ...Read more

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What is the good, healthy meat and bad meat to eat?

What is the good, healthy meat and bad meat to eat?

Trick question...: All red meat is pretty unhealthy. Truly, if you want a healthy source of animal protein, eat fish. Fish contains good protein and healthier fats than red meat. ...Read more

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I usually eat heavy lunch and dinner . After the meal I eat fruits directly . Is this a healthy habbit to eat fruits this way . Also what what is the ideal time to eat fruits ?

I usually eat heavy lunch and dinner . After the meal I eat fruits directly . Is this a healthy habbit to eat fruits this way . Also what what is the ideal time to eat fruits ?

Breakfast?: Timing doesn't matter. Better to eat breakfast as well; then you may have a less heavy lunch and dinner. Keeps metabolism from sagging in the A.M.Also gut can handle fruits and protein foods at same time. Quantity is always an issue, especially if trying to maintain or lose weight. ...Read more

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Is the need to just eat junk food a sign of depression? Also eating when not really hungry.

Is the need to just eat junk food a sign of depression? Also eating when not really hungry.

Possibly so: Changes in appetite and eating -- either increases or decreases -- often accompany depression. Using food to modulate mood is very common also. People may even have their preferred foods during these times -- like cheetos and other carbs. Studies have additionally shown a correlation between processed foods & depression. Some depression medications can increase appetite as well. ...Read more

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Is dairy essential for a healthy diet? I enjoy foods like cheese but tend to think of them as unhealthy.

Is dairy essential for a healthy diet? I enjoy foods like cheese but tend to think of them as unhealthy.

Not necessarily: There is no consensus on this and research studies show conflicting results. I believe cow's milk is the perfect food for baby cows but not for adult humans! if you do drink milk i strongly advise choosing rbgh-free milk & ideally organic milk. To see the pros & cons of this issue see http://milk.Procon.Org/view.Resource.Php?Resourceid=000656. ...Read more

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What's so bad about potato chips? Is it okay if I eat them as a part of a balanced healthy vegan diet?

What's so bad about potato chips? Is it okay if I eat them as a part of a balanced healthy vegan diet?

I know ....: How can something that tastes so good be so bad for you! The two big problems are fat and salt! There are 150 calories in a single serving bag of potato chips, & nearly 100 of them (2/3!) are fat. The fat in them can contribute to common problems of oily skin & acne such as you report. But I don't believe in a total ban of anything that you really enjoy: eat a single serving bag 1-2 times/week:) ...Read more

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How much baby food should 7mth eat?when will food start to be main source of nutritional value?

How much baby food should 7mth eat?when will food start to be main source of  nutritional value?

Not much: The reason for baby foods at that age is to introduce a new method, not overtake the value of breast milk or formula. A tablespoonful or two is fine for starters. If the kid seems to want more, that is one of the goals, but they should not drop their other intake below 16-20 oz. By 1 yr, they should have a balance between the two. ...Read more

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In what way can a pure vegetarian teen maintain a healthy diet. Meaning, what should he eat and not eat etc.?

In what way can a pure vegetarian teen maintain a healthy diet. Meaning, what should he eat and not eat etc.?

Your choice?: If this is a lifestyle being forced on you by your parents, you are well within your rights to refuse. The health benefits have resisted scientific demonstration, but the moral statement is powerful. Focus on fruits, grains and vegetables, avoid empty calories / junk, get plenty of protein (soy's good), and you must supplement (iron, b12, vitamin d, iodine, others). ...Read more

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Is cheese healthy food and what kind of cheese I should eat to be healthy?

Sean Alemi Dr. Alemi
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Is cheese healthy food and what kind of cheese I should eat to be healthy?

Go low fat: Cheese is not considered one of the "healthier" foods by many because often it is high fat and/or high salt, high calories.. Cheese can be high in saturated fat and cholesterol. That being said, there are cheeses that are made with skim or low fat milk which are healthier than others. Excellent source of good quality protein, calcium (cottage cheese is not a good dairy source of calcium though). ...Read more

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Please describe a good way to stop eating so much junk food and to start eating healthy?

Please describe a good way to stop eating so much junk food and to start eating healthy?

See details: Motivation and discipline. No one can provided these for you. Do not have junk foods and high carbohydrate items in the house. Avoid fast foods. Control portion size. If you have no discipline, you will never succeed. ...Read more

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Is chicken healthy eat on any diet what would the best food too eat too lose 20 pounds?

Is chicken healthy eat on any diet what would the best  food too eat too lose 20 pounds?

Chicken ; others: Lean meats like chicken can be good for you as long as they aren't fried or covered with heavy, fattening sauces. Broiled, sauteed, grilled, etc are best. You want to also have plenty of vegetables every day as the bulk of your food. Healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. Consistent exercise of your choosing and sleep. No alcohol or processed foods. Limit or completely cut out sweets. ...Read more

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What daily food I should eat and what is the benefit carbohydrates??

What daily food I should eat and what is the benefit carbohydrates??

Protein, good fats,: and carbs are called "macronutrients." Eat all three but stay lowest on carbs. Avoid bad fats in junk food, anything w/corn syrup. Good fats are olive oil and coconut oil. Avoid sugar. See doc for suggested diet. Spectracell labs in TX can test all your nutrients. Peace and good health. Carbs work together w/protein and fat and then the micronutirens like vitamins and minerals. ...Read more

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What happens if you eat a lot of junk food and then gain weight, does the fat look worse than if you eat healthy food and gain that fat?

Fat is fat: Fat is fat whether you gain it from health foods or from junk food. The deposition is as a fatty substance. There may be more nutrients in healthier foods, but the excess calories still lead to deposition of fat. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Healthy Eating (Definition)

Healthy eating is focused on healthy foods that are low in saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and cholesterol. A healthy diet is centered around fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and ...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