Eating well on the Planet Earth

Welcome to Third Planet Food. I have a BS in Nutrition and have worked in the field for many years as a counselor and nutritionist. I am not selling or endorsing any products. My goal is to provide you with the basic facts about nutrition so that you will have the tools you need to plan a healthy diet.

Learn about the essential nutrients that are necessary to grow, heal, survive and thrive, no matter where we live. Find out about diseases of malnutrition, or not getting enough of an essential nutrient. Many of us are just getting too much food. Make the right food choices to optimize your health.

Golden apricots piled in a sunny window.

Fat Soluble Vitamins

Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble. This means you need to have some fat available to absorb them. These vitamins can also be stored in your body. Learn all the details.

A glass of lemonade with a lemon slice.

Water Soluble Vitamins

All of the B vitamins and vitamin C are water soluble. Learn more about thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), cobalamin (B12), biotin, pantothenic acid (B5), folic acid and vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

Sea salt contains the elements sodium and chloride.

Elements

There are fifteen essential elements or minerals. Find out about calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, sodium, manganese, potassium, copper, chromium, fluoride, chlorine and molybdenum


Spaghetti with fresh pesto is a delicious summertime treat.

Macronutrients

Fat, carbohydrates and protein are called macronutrients, because they are large molecules and we need them in larger amounts. Learn about cholesterol, trans fats, triglycerides and high fructose corn syrup.

A wholegrain muffin is a good source of fiber.

Fiber and Water

Water is not considered a nutrient, but all carbon based life forms would soon die if we didn't have it. Fiber is the part of the plant that we can't absorb, yet it plays an important part in keeping us healthy and feeling good.

A glass bowl filled with luscious red cherries.

Phytonutrients

These healing substances are found in plants. Some of them have quite potent properties that can stop pathogens and cell mutations in their tracks. There are thousands of phytonutrients in our food supply. Browse through my extensive and growing list.


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Recommended Daily Allowances

The amount of each nutrient that you need depends on your age and sex. Take a look at the charts to find your recommended daily amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrate and fat.

A cart loaded with melons in a Nigerian city.

Malnutrition

Scurvy, rickets, beriberi, pellagra, protein-energy malnutrition (kwashiorkor and marasmus) are all deficiency diseases. This is what happens when you don't get or absorb your minimal requirement of the essential vitamins.

A cart loaded with melons in a Nigerian city.

Living Gluten Free

People with celiac disease or who are sensitive to gluten cannot eat any foods containing wheat, rye or barley. This leads to a lot of challenging food choices. Find out about this lifestyle which is becoming more and more widespread.



Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Isaiah 55:2