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How do I figure out if cereal will be a cheap and nutritious baby food?

We provide additional food to nursing moms and toddlers, and supplementary formula for infants (don't start on breast is best, most of our moms do nurse, this is for babies with HIV+ moms etc). Our recent evaluation shows that the 6-18 months are not doing as well as the others because they are culturally too little to eat regular food and get more watered-down formula instead, sometimes with rice mixed in. We've got tiny funding to buy more food for them and our nurse is suggesting rice cereal designed for infants, but I have no clue how to evaluate them. [more inside]
posted by viggorlijah on Jul 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Athletic performance enhancement through ...science?

What are some peer reviewed, field tested (and legal) methods of improving performance in the gym and on the field, that do not involve transfusing blood or hiring Lance Armstrong's support team? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Mar 30, 2014 - 13 answers

I want to hack the (currently non-existent) vegetable part of my diet.

I have a question regarding nutrition and vegetable intake that the internet has so far been unable to answer. I need an Idiot's Guide to eating the fewest amount of vegetables possible while still getting what vegetables have to offer. Are you willing and able to guide this idiot? [more inside]
posted by Poppa Bear on Mar 3, 2014 - 34 answers

Feeling sick/faint after running long distances

I am training for my first marathon, and my recent long runs have led to me feeling like I'm going to faint right afterwards. Looking for advice about what to eat before/during a long run. [more inside]
posted by barnoley on Sep 13, 2013 - 21 answers

I'm so tired.

How do I improve my nutrition and overall well-being in these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Aug 25, 2013 - 22 answers

Potassium Prevarications?

FDA recommends 4700mg of potassium intake per day. That translates to appr. 11 bananas or 5 unpeeled potatos, to pick two common and beloved examples among potassium-richest foods. Various other foods (dairy, nuts/seeds, fruit) also offer up to a few hundred mg per serving. But how is anyone able to meet 4700mg without overeating, especially those who are active and lose potassium through exercise/sweat? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Jun 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Supplements and friends

What to do in the face of a friend's exhortations to take nutritional supplements? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Mar 10, 2013 - 35 answers

I'll Grind Their Cereals-and-Grains to Make My Bread!

Quick question for the food science-y folks out there: lately, I've been pulverizing a lot of my baking ingredients in the spice grinder before using them in recipes (oat bran, wheat bran, wild rice, wheat germ, buckwheat groats, etc.). Does reducing these ingredients to a fine powder change any of their caloric/nutritional properties? Obviously, they'll be denser and more caloric cup-for-cup, and I'd imagine they'll have a higher glycemic load (not that I especially care about that). But does super-fine fiber still ACT like fiber in the body? Is super-fine buckwheat just as healthy as the un-pulverized stuff? I like the finer texture of powdered ingredients, but if I'm making them less-healthy, I'll suck it up and leave 'em whole.
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 8, 2013 - 3 answers

End-to-end nutrition book

I would like to finally find a routine I can follow to eat healthy during the week and I am looking for book recommendations. Unfortunately, most nutrition/cooking books are very one-sided (only contain recipes, only discuss cooking skills, or only nutrition theory) and very biased towards some radical approach (vegatarian/vegan, very low-carb, very high-protein etc.). I am looking for the opposite - ideally a single book for learning about nutrition, cooking and planning your groceries and cooking so all the good advice is actually actionable considering having a 40-hour workweek; also without going into any dietetic extremes and based on sound science and actual practice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jarekr on Jan 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good?

Why am I losing gums around my teeth so rapidly if my dental health is good? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Dec 29, 2012 - 22 answers

Insulin, sugar and the food pyramid

Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to store the glucose as fat. Why does the food pyramid tell us to eat more of that food? [more inside]
posted by Leenie on Sep 24, 2012 - 26 answers

Nutrition intro

I know next to nothing about nutrition. Help! [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jul 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Get thee behind me, refined sugar! Come forth, fruit!

I know fruit is delicious and good for you. But how to make my brain believe it and eat it more? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jun 29, 2012 - 37 answers

It's not easy, drinkin' greens.

Seeking "green powder" type supplement to add into my usual protein shakes. Can't be too nasty tasting, like the "green powder plus" I just gave away.
posted by Kalatraz on Jun 3, 2012 - 15 answers

School me, please, for I am ignorant.

I am a nutritional newbie - I never took any classes on the subject, I'm a lifelong selective eater, and what little I know has been memorized, mostly in the last two months. I'm in need of some specific schooling on my current peculiar weight-loss situation. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Mar 7, 2012 - 12 answers

What Are We Really Counting?

How do you measure how many calories are contained in food? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Help a teenager design a nutrition/exercise plan

Please help a teenager come up with an exercise/nutritional regimen. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Jan 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Cut the juice loose--give me a substitute!

Is there a substitute drink that contains nutritional benefits similar to orange juice (vitamin C, folic acid, possibly calcium) without the high sugar or artificial sweeteners? [more inside]
posted by Fuego on Jan 3, 2012 - 15 answers

number of U.S. products containing HFCS

I'm trying to find the number of food products that are sold in the U.S. that contain high fructose corn syrup. I've done some preliminary searches and have found some lists, but I've come up dry when trying to find actual numbers. I'd like a reliable source that I can cite, but I'll take almost anything at this point. I am at a university and have access to a large number of subscription database resources, so I'll keep looking. But I thought metafilter might be able to help out here.
posted by pahool on Sep 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Diet question: What's the secret to increasing exercise, eating less, and feeling satisfied (not hungry)?

weight loss filter: how do you balance an increase in exercise (calorie burn) with a decrease of calorie intake without feeling really hungry all the time? [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Jul 12, 2011 - 31 answers

Professional, non-quacky pediatric nutritionists on the Central Coast?

A friend of mine is looking for someone (ideally a professional someone) to help deal with her 6-year-old son's eating issues. What sorts of professionals are best suited to addressing this sort of thing? Is she likely to find what she is looking for locally (she lives in central California)? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jun 30, 2011 - 7 answers

please help balance & broaden my veggie teen's diet

VegetarianDietFilter: Please help me stock my fridge with pre-cooked and/or raw meals and meal components for a vegetarian trying to kick processed/junk foods ... and who doesn't like tofu, seitan, or hummus. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on May 23, 2011 - 29 answers

What would Einstein eat?

I once read that Einstein had several outfits exactly the same, so he didn't waste time figuring out what to wear. Has anyone done this with food; specifically, figuring out exactly what to eat over the course of a week to provide exactly the right amounts of all the proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, etc. that the body needs? If so, is this menu available? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Apr 23, 2011 - 27 answers

Animal nutrition course that will still allow me to buy food?

How can I take a course in animal nutrition in St. Louis? [more inside]
posted by hoperaiseshell on Mar 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Is microwaving OJ bad?

I like to nuke my orange juice, grapefruit juice, etc. Vitamin C is easily destroyed by heat. Am I drinking less Vitamin C when I nuke my OJ? [more inside]
posted by jyorraku on Mar 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Health, Healing, and Nutrition resources for the average human

Please help me find good sources for health, healing, and nutrition information online. [more inside]
posted by Neekee on Feb 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Are restuarants illegally keeping calories a secret?

Are restaurants breaking the law by not providing nutritional information, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Sugar, spice, and everything nice, but mostly sugar. Is that what little girls die of?

How bad is it, really, to have a sugar addiction? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Nov 22, 2010 - 34 answers

Is there a web site that can help me analyze my diet?

Is there an online nutrition calculator that will let me input what I'm eating and provide an analysis? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 15, 2010 - 13 answers

What are Hot and Dry Foods?

What are hot and dry foods? I heard somewhere these are good for memory and people living the north western hemisphere. This is from Chinese methodology.
posted by alshain on Sep 13, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I become a fitness and nutrition "expert"?

How do I become a fitness and nutrition "expert"? [more inside]
posted by gb77 on Jun 28, 2010 - 4 answers

I KNOW we can do better!!

My family has terrible eating habits. Just awful, I'm ashamed of how my family eats sometimes. Help me turn our eating around.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jun 26, 2010 - 23 answers

No veggies = sleepy student?

Help me help my roommate not be so tired all the time/ eat healthier. [more inside]
posted by Iggley on Apr 9, 2010 - 27 answers

No GORP for me.

Can you suggest unprocessed or minimally processed foods for hiking day trips (approx. 12 hours) and three-day backpacking trips? The catch: no refined carbohydrates. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Mar 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Why Am I Eating Like a Girl?

I'm trying to lose weight inside the normal BMI range. Am I eating too little? [more inside]
posted by Orchestra on Mar 14, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I estimate the nutritional values for homemade yogurt?

How can I estimate the nutritional values for homemade yogurt? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Jan 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I fuel my human body off just SPIZ (nutrition drink), water, and the occasional "recreational" meal?

Has anyone ever attempted or documented using a "nutritionally complete" drink such as SPIZ that has all your daily values over a long period of time? [more inside]
posted by mikee on Oct 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Better nutrition ideas while in Mexico.

Better nutrition ideas while in Mexico. Have been here a month, on work. May stay another. Problem is, I tend to eat little, cook less; (male, 58, thin) and the heat and difficulty of getting fresh food compounds the situation. Is there a supplement or vitamin I could find in the health stores here that would help w/ weight and energy? and what should I be looking for?
posted by ebesan on Sep 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Why is there no protein-fortified beer?

Looking for vegetarian high-protein food ideas. More restrictions inside, but in summary: everything that has lots of protein is gross! [more inside]
posted by dame on May 19, 2009 - 48 answers

One potato, Two potato, Three potato, Four!

If I had ½ cup of sweet potato and ½ cup of potato, boiled and mashed (w/ 1 tablespoon of full cream/fat milk) with 1 cup of frozen vegetable (peas, corn, carrot) for dinner what type of nutritional value would it hold? [more inside]
posted by latch24 on May 13, 2009 - 14 answers

How is sodium in foods calculated?

Question about nutrition information - For products like pickles and olives, which are usually packaged in jars with brine, does the total sodium content listed on the facts (amount per serving x number of servings) include the amount in the liquid? [more inside]
posted by captain cosine on Mar 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Is Juice Feasting for Real?

Who has experience on an extended juice feast? [more inside]
posted by hulahulagirl on Dec 3, 2008 - 18 answers

How much weight loss is too much?

How much weight loss is too much? [more inside]
posted by TypographicalError on Dec 3, 2008 - 18 answers

Yes, I cook for my dog. How can I do it better?

I'd like nutritional advice for homemade dog food and maybe treats, using easy-to-find ingredients. I haven't been able to find high quality commercial dog food where I live, so I make most of her food myself, but I would like to make her homemade food as healthy as I possibly can with the resources I have, which are somewhat limited. Current routine, and many(!) more details inside. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 1, 2008 - 12 answers

Is Vitamin Water Good For Me?

Is Vitamin Water actually good for me, or am I fooling myself? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Sep 15, 2008 - 31 answers

Vitamin Blecchh

Recommendations for a Vitamin B-Complex supplement that won't make me want to vomit? [more inside]
posted by granted on Jul 28, 2008 - 12 answers

No-nonsense, serious weight loss community via mailing list?

I am looking for an e-mail mailing list in which weight loss is discussed. However, I'm looking for one with a very specific sort of attitude. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Feb 7, 2007 - 8 answers

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