Chronic Kidney Disease: Potassium and Your Diet

Dr. Wendy Dahl posing with fiber and food to stop kidney disease. Image used in the 2014 Research Discoveries report.  UF/IFAS Photo by Javier Edwards

Potassium is an essential mineral required for normal body function. It helps maintain normal blood pressure, fluid and electrolyte balance, muscle and nerve function, as well as bone density. This three-page fact sheet describes potassium and its normal dietary importance, as well as the impact potassium levels have on those with Chronic Kidney Disease. Written by Ashley R. Kendall, Nancy J. Gal, and Wendy J. Dahl and published by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.

De compras para la salud: Las frutas

grocery bag with fruitLas frutas tienen un buen sabor y son buenas para usted. Algunas frutas son muy ricas en nutrientes. Es decir, contienen muchas vitaminas, minerales, antioxidantes y fibra que su cuerpo necesita para estar saludable. Ya sea que le gusten las frutas frescas o los jugos de fruta, las frutas congeladas o enlatadas, es importante escoger una variedad diferente cada día. Algunos consejos para ayudarle antes durante y después de ir a comprar frutas.This 4-page fact sheet is the Spanish language version of Shopping for Health: Fruit, written by Ashley R. Kendall y Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, January 2015.

Shopping for Health: Fruit (FSHN1220/FS215)

grocery bag with fruitFruits taste good, and they are good for you. Some fruits are very nutrient dense. This means they contain lots of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber that your body needs to stay healthy. Whether you like fresh fruit or fruit juice, frozen fruit or fruit from a can, it’s important to choose a variety of different fruits every day. Here are some tips to help you before, during, and after your fruit shopping trip. This 3-page fact sheet was written by Ashley R. Kendall and Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, March 2013.

Feeding Your Preschooler: Helping in the Kitchen (FCS8992/FY1259)

Figure 1. A chef in action.Encouraging your child to help in the kitchen is a great way to get them more interested in the food they eat and in trying new foods. Helping out in the kitchen also allows your preschooler to learn lifelong skills. This 2-page fact sheet suggests ways to get your preschooler helping in the kitchen as well as the benefits of working side-by-side to prepare family meals and snacks. Written by Ashley R. Kendall, Karla P. Shelnutt, and Gail P. A. Kauwell, and published by the UF Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, March 2012.

Shopping for Health: Vegetables (FSHN1104/FS165)

mother and child in grocery store
Choosing the right vegetables will help you get the nutrients your body needs every day. With so many choices though, vegetable shopping can seem like a hard task—but it doesn’t have to be. This 4-page fact sheet will help you learn to become a smarter vegetable shopper. Written by Ashley R. Kendall and Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, June 2011.