Facts about Dietary Fats, Fatty Acids, and Health Consequences

By Dr. Neerja L. Bisht, MD Fats are essentially a form of lipids, which is a generic term given to compounds mainly found in tissues of plants and animals. Fats are the primary energy depots used for long-term energy requirements during periods of extensive exercise or during periods of…

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet on Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Risk

By Joanne P. Shelby-klein, BSN, RN Introduction: What is the Mediterranean diet? The Mediterranean Diet is currently thought of as the paradigm for healthy eating. The World Health Organization states that adopting the Mediterranean diet can prevent the onset of disease and improve the standard of living.7 Recent…

Calculating Required Calorie Intake and Managing a Balanced Diet

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""] Margaret Ward, MS There is no doubt that a proper diet is crucial to maintain overall health and well-being. Along with the term “diet,” one frequently also hears the dreaded word “calorie” but what exactly is a calorie and what correlation does it have…

Iron - Essential Mineral for your Health

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  SwapnaliHalder, Ph.D. Iron is an essential mineral or micronutrient that plays versatile roles in the human body. It is a metal denoted by molecular symbol ‘Fe’, that is mostly available in either of two different chemical states, i.e, ferrous or ferric form. Iron…

Energy Drinks

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Joanne P. Shelby-Klein BSN RN Energy drinks, most of us have seen them for sale in stores or advertised on television and sporting events. They are in common use, especially among teenagers and young adults and they make up a multi-billion dollar industry…

Why Healthy Weight Means Healthy Bones

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Dr. L. Claudia Pop, MD Throughout life, there is a strong relationship between body weight and bone density.Low body weight results in low bone density and increasesthe risk of hip fractures by twofold at older age.1,2 Reasons for that are: decreased weight…

Minerals! What exactly are they?

[icon name="user" class="" unprefixed_class=""]  Lubna Ahmed Well, they’re inorganic nutrients that all organisms, humans, plants and animals need to function. Humans need them in amounts but it depends on the actual mineral how much they need exactly. In humans, minerals are needed for different things such as maintaining…