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Dietitian At Baylor All Saints Medical Center At Fort Worth Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Maintaining A Healthy Diet

Bailey Clack, a dietitian at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth answers frequently asked question about maintaining a healthy diet.

What is nutrition? 
Nutrition is the science of food, the nutrients they provide, and how the nutrients are utilized by the body. It is the process of nourishment based on the body’s dietary needs.

Why is nutrition important?
The World Health Organization states “Good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is the foundation of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.”
  
Which foods should you buy organic?
According to the Environmental Working Group’s list called the “Dirty Dozen” apples, celery, sweet bell pepper, peaches, strawberries, nectarines (imported), grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries (domestic), and potatoes should be purchased organic.  However it is far better to eat any fruit and vegetables as opposed to none. 

How many calories should a person eat daily?
Every person has different calorie requirements based on their body’s needs and activity levels. However, people usually require between 1800-2400 calories per day to maintain their weight.  To prevent decrease in metabolism women should eat at least 1,200 calories and men 1,500 calorie per day.  Healthy weight loss is no more than 2 pounds per week.  

How much in the daily food group should a person eat to stay healthy?
The amount of each food group needed differs for each person based on their gender, age, and physical activity level. Specific information may be obtained at www.choosemyplate.gov.
However, the daily ranges generally include:

1-2 cups fruit
2-3 cups vegetables
5-8 ounce equivalents grains
5-7 ounce equivalents protein
2-3 cups dairy
5-7 teaspoons oils

What is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that can be obtained from skin exposure to the sun. It is present in very few foods, however it can be found in some dairy products and breads. It plays an important role when it comes to bone health because it promotes calcium and phosphorus absorption. (Adapted from www.eatright.org)

About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service. Baylor recorded more than 2.8 million patient encounters, $4 billion in total operating revenue, $5.2 billion in total assets and $502 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2011 (as reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services).  Baylor’s network of more than 300 access points includes 30 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 180 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics. For information visit BaylorHealth.com.

Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth or Baylor Health Care System.

Mary Johnson
817.922.7088
mary.johnson1@BaylorHealth.edu  

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Dietitian At Baylor All Saints Medical Center At Fort Worth Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Maintaining A Healthy Diet
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