- Healthy food choices
- Diets effective for medical conditions
- Popular diets
Food packaging and labels: Guide to making healthy food choices
|Many consumers pick foods depending on the attraction and temptation of the label on the front of the food packaging, but to become educated consumers, we should turn to the sides and back of the food product and read the labels carefully. There are many things that the labels can tell us, and we can use these to help us pick nutritious and healthy items.|
For more information, see Food Packaging and Labels: Guide to Making Healthy Food Choices.
Maintaining your diet and exercise routine during holidays
|It is not unusual to come to your holiday and believe you need a well deserved break not only from work or study but from your usual exercise and diet regime. However, it is important that diet and exercise are not completely forgotten when you go on holidays. During your holidays it is wise to change your exercise goals and treat yourself, within reason.|
For more information, see Maintaining your Diet and Exercise Routine During Holidays.
|Often when food is eaten, it is not just for the nutritional content or to appease hunger, but also for social or psychological reasons. Eating a meal can change your mood and emotional predisposition. Comfort eating is a way in which people deal with stress, anxiety, boredom, loneliness or unhappiness. Comfort foods are foods that evoke a psychologically comfortable and pleasurable state when they are eaten.|
For more information, see Comfort Eating.
How processed foods affect health and nutrition
For more information, see How processed foods affect health and nutrition.
Nutrition for medical conditions
|A wide range of medical conditions require attention to nutrition and food choices as treatment or to alleviate symptoms. General nutritional changes or specific diets are appropriate for different diseases and medical conditions.|
For more information, see Nutrition for medical conditions.
|The Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce marker of metabolic syndrome (a condition which often leads to type two diabetes), improve cardiovascular health and increase weight loss in the long term. It is a diet based on consuming plant foods and healthy fats that is high in antioxidants and phytochemicals, and low in cholesterol, salt and sugar.|
For more information, see Mediterranean Diet.
|A gluten-free diet is the only effective treatment for gluten intolerance. It is typically followed by people with an intolerance to gluten, including those with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis. Gluten is a storage protein derived from wheat, barley, rye and a number of other cereals, and thus is commonly found in modern diets.|
For more information, see Gluten-Free Diet.
|The FAILSAFE diet can reduce symptoms of hyperactivity in children with ADHD. FAILSAFE stands for Free of Additives, Low in Salicylates, Amines and Flavour Enhancers. The compounds eliminated from the FAILSAFE diet cause adverse reactions in food intolerant individuals, and can also lead to mood disorders, digestive disorders and sleeping problems. The FAILSAFE diet can reduce symptoms of hyperactivity in children with ADHD.|
For more information, see FAILSAFE Diet for ADHD.
Meal replacement programs
|Meal replacement programs are a type of energy-restricted diet which have been shown to assist overweight and obese individuals lose weight. As the name suggests they are based on replacing one or more meals per day with low-calorie, vitamin and mineral-rich liquids or snacks.|
For more information, see Meal Replacement Programs.
Low FODMAP diet
|A low FODMAP diet is a nutritionist-supervised eating plan. It requires avoiding foods that contain fermentable sugars which worsen the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.|
For more information, see low FODMAP diet.
The truth about diets: detox, cleansing and fad diets versus healthy balanced nutrition
For more information, see The truth about diets: detox, cleansing and fad diets versus healthy balanced nutrition.
Liver cleansing diet
|Liver cleansing diets claim to remove toxins that are clogging the liver. This cleansing of the liver is proposed to help it to work more efficiently, leading to weight loss. A range of nutritional supplements and liver tonics are often recommended to accompany liver cleansing diets. While calorie-restriction may cause weight loss, scientific studies have not indicated it is possible to cleanse the liver by eating certain foods.|
For more information, see Liver Cleansing Diet.
|Vegetarians are people who exclude animal meat from their diet. A vegetarian diet comprises mainly of fruits and vegetables. There are a number of health advantages and disadvantages of vegetarian diets, and a well-designed diet should include a wide range of foods to meet nutritional requirements.|
For more information, see Healthy Eating for Vegetarians.
For more information on nutrition, including information on types and composition of food, nutrition and people, conditions related to nutrition, and diets and recipes, as well as some useful videos and tools, see Nutrition.