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Posted Nov 04 2009 10:01pm

Ever look for a simple, straight-forward nutrition tool to help you figure out how much of which nutrient you should have per day?  How much fat or protein or carbohydrate should you have per day?
Well, here are two great resources:
  • The University of Maryland Medical System provides a short process of a series of quickly-answered questions as part of the  Health Calculators  tools.  They provide information varying from calculating your own Body Mass Index to determining how much carbohydrate and fat you should aim at eating every day to determining at-risk teens issues such as marijuana and alcohol use.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Library has a very informative website and  Dietary Guidance  (DRI) references.  The Interactive DRI for Healthcare Professionals is actually very user friendly and provides much insight into the world of nutrition on a more individualized basis.  
Remember with these and other health tools, the information provided is for generalized health and well-being; it may not be completely tailored to your individual situation and is certainly not meant to diagnose or treat a particular health problem.  But they certainly provide great insight and ballpark figures to aim for.
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