Roughly 20 million Americans are vegetarians, from partial vegetarians who limit the amount of animal flesh they eat, to vegans, who eat only plant foods -- no meat, poultry, fish, dairy products or eggs.
Most nutrition experts and dietitians say that children of any age -- even infants -- can safely follow a vegetarian diet, according to the Nemours Foundation. But some planning is involved to ensure that children receive the proper nutrients, especially if their diet does not include eggs and dairy products.
If your teen wants vegetarian options, you may worry that dropping meat, poultry and fish will be unhealthy.
If you eat a varied diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, you're likely to get all the vitamins and minerals that you need.
Remember being warned as a kid that if you didn't take enough vitamin D, you'd come down with a scary disease called rickets? Or that if you didn't get your calcium, your bones wouldn't grow right? Chances are you heard the message about getting enough vitamins and minerals. But have you heard about the risks of an overdose?
Microwaves are superb for seafood and vegetables. You can cook shellfish in less than five minutes, using the bowl you'll put on the table. Vegetables keep their color, crispness and water-soluble nutrients because you can microwave them using just the water that remains after rinsing.
As some schools ban colas from vending machines, ads are hyping a source of even more caffeine: energy drinks.
Just what should kids be drinking? "I think good old H2O,'' says the director of the Nutrition Information Center in New York. But you can add pizzazz: Buy flavored water or make your own with lemon or lime.
Here are some foods whose virtues you may be overestimating and foods you can substitute for increased nutrition.
Most food additives are safe and beneficial, experts say. What's more, they're everywhere.
Even with some basic knowledge about how to accomplish weight-loss goals, 66 percent of us are still overweight.
Better health for your teen could be as close as your breadbox. The more whole grains teenagers eat, the leaner they are and the less likely they are to develop diabetes.
Calcium is one of the most important minerals in the body, and childhood is the critical period in life when calcium stores are laid down.
Your scale may not hold the whole story on your weight. Here are other factors to consider.
When a family sits down together, it helps them handle the stresses of daily life and the hassles of day-to-day existence.
Carbohydrates are one of the three main parts of food; fats and proteins are the other two. All three components can affect your blood sugar level, but carbohydrates do so more quickly.
If you're trying to lose weight, here's good news: You can control your appetite and feel satisfied eating less food and fewer calories without feeling deprived.
Condiments can be the perfect topping to your favorite sandwich, salad, or taco. But you can undermine a nutritious diet by adding too many dollops of ketchup, mustard, or other favorite seasoning.
Fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and meat can all be certified as organic if they meet FDA requirements for growth, handling, and processing.