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Carbs. Fat. Protein. Vitamins. Minerals.

Learn about what all of these do for your body and which foods you can find them in!

Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?

Are Low Carb Diets Healthy?

There is a huge trend going around nowadays. Every other diet I see is low carb. Some even aim to eliminate them completely! Popularized by Dr. Atkins with the Atkins diet, folks have been cutting out entire food groups just to drop a few pounds. Now, we see low carb diets like Paleo and Keto everywhere. We’ve seen progress pictures of weight loss and heard of people having crazy success consuming butter and bacon. Say what!? Let’s take a closer look at…

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How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

How to Calculate Your Calorie Needs

Calorie control is important for weight control. Whether you’re trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, calories count! Whether you’re counting meticulously or just curious, it’s a good idea to know how to calculate your calorie needs. Related Reading: What is a Calorie? Calories = Energy To know what we are calculating, we need to understand how our body uses energy throughout the day. Even just sitting there reading this article, your cells are hard at work using up…

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Health Claims

Health Claims

Health claims are statements on food packages that describe the relationship between a food or ingredient and a specific condition or disease. It often demonstrates how a nutrient can help reduce the risk of a certain disease, making the food that contains that nutrient seem appealing and healthy to you, the consumer. Health claims cannot claim to treat or cure a disease. Authorized vs Qualified Health Claims An authorized health claim has been approved by the FDA, and has enough…

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Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient Content Claims

Nutrient content claims are statements on food packages that describe the amount of a nutrient or ingredient in the food. These claims use words like low, high, free, excellent source, or light. The levels of the nutrient or ingredient in a serving of the food is compared against the recommended dietary allowances (determined by the Food an Drug Administration). This way, we aren’t comparing donuts to cakes and seeing which is “low” in sugar! While you’re out shopping, you’ll probably notice these types…

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Types of Claims on Food Packages

Types of Claims on Food Packages

With so many choices in the grocery store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the claims and labels on packages of food! Some of them might be enticing, or skirting the truth, or maybe just designed to put a pretty picture in your mind. Regardless, most food labels are designed to get you to buy them – they’re a marketing technique! Why bother with all of this stuff? Well, the food industry, especially here in the US, is so…

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MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

MyPlate – The US Recommendations for Diet Planning

Food groups, nutrient recommendations, calorie control…they all come together here with the new tool to plan a healthy diet. Meet MyPlate! History Remember the food pyramid? A visual representation of what kinds of foods and how much we should be eating every day, the pyramid was a busy and hard-to-memorize tool. In 2005, the pyramid was updated to include exercise, but was still – and arguably even more – confusing to read and understand. In 2011, MyPlate was rolled out….

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How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label

The nutrition facts label is a great tool when grocery shopping (especially if comparison shopping), but it won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to read it! The good news is, it’s super simple. We’ll go over where to find information on the label and how to use it to make informed decisions. What is the Nutrition Facts Label? You’ve seen these before. The tall, narrow label on the back or side of food packages with numbers…

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Trace Minerals

Trace Minerals

Are you exhausted yet from the major minerals, the vitamins, and the macronutrients? Bad news, I’ve got eight more trace minerals to cover here! But I’ll keep these a bit more concise, because I’m eager to get to some good stuff here at Salt and Skillet!! If it’s all right with you, I’m going to just jump right in. Trace Minerals Iron What does iron do for my body? Iron has several functions, including acting as a cofactor to certain…

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Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Sulfate

Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Sulfate

We’ve already covered Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium, but there are four remaining major minerals that we need to talk about! Three of them are important for bone health, and the last one…well, he is just along for the ride. Let’s jump right in to calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulfur! Calcium What does calcium do for my body? “Milk builds strong bones!” is a phrase we’ve heard our whole lives, and we know that it’s the calcium in milk that offers…

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An Introduction to Minerals, and Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium

An Introduction to Minerals, and Sodium, Chloride, and Potassium

What are minerals? Like vitamins, minerals don’t provide our bodies with energy. They have no caloric value. Unlike vitamins, minerals aren’t molecules of multiple elements linked together into compounds. Rather, minerals are elements! They can’t be changed into anything else. Minerals also cannot be destroyed by heat, acid, or oxidation like vitamins can. The only way to lose minerals during cooking is for them to leach into cooking water, which you might then pour down the drain! Minerals are required in…

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