Eating well on the Planet Earth

The Basics of Good Nutrition

We eat for pleasure, to be social, for comfort, and sometimes just because we are hungry. We often give little thought to how the food that we put into our bodies is affecting our well-being. Many food products out there today can harm us, but if we choose the right foods they can help us to look and feel better. I hope this web site can help you to learn not only the basics of eating right, but how to go beyond and use your diet to maximize your health.

Daily Allowances (RDA)

Fat Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K

Water Soluble Vitamins

Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6), Cobalamin (B12), Biotin, Pantothenic Acid (B5), Folic Acid, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

A pair of bright red pomegranates.

Elements (Minerals)

Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Iodine, Selenium, Sodium, Manganese, Potassium, Copper, Chromium, Fluoride, Molybdenum


Carbohydrates, Protein, Fat and Cholesterol

Read the latest about high fructose corn syrup.
Fats have many confusing names and acronyms. Find out about trigycerides, fatty acids and what we mean by LCFA and MCT.

Fiber and Water


Chemicals found in plants that can protect against or prevent certain diseases. There are about 900 or so of these - and that's just the ones that have already been discovered.

Nutrition and Your Health


Diseases of Malnutrition

Scurvy, rickets, beriberi, pellagra, protein-energy malnutrition (kwashiorkor and marasmus).

Food sensitivities

Gluten intolerance (celiac disease), lactose intolerance, and food allergies.

Diet and weight control

Eating Healthy, All Around the World

The Blue Marble: Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center. This photo is of Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula as taken en route to the Moon by Apollo 17's Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans on December 7, 1972. The flight marked the last time that humans left low Earth orbit and the first and only time a geologist, Harrison Schmitt, travelled to the moon.

Background pattern is by Citrus Moon

The information on this page is not meant to be used in treatment of medical conditions. Please seek the advice of a physician about any medical condition or symptom. Those with medical conditions should consult a medical professional about the appropriateness of taking dietary supplements or diet therapy, and how these methods will interact with their medications.

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