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Healthy eating key to living well

A salad a day

Dining out: Food can be fast and healthy

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Health benefits associated
with healthy eating

It lowers the risk of:




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Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol

Type 2 diabetes

Overweight and obesity

Certain cancers

Osteoporosis

Constipation

Diverticular disease —
development of pouches in
the large intestine

Iron deficiency anemia

Macular degeneration

Source: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010

Health benefits associated with healthy eating

Know your limitations

Healthy eating includes not only what you should eat, but what you should not. Learn to read food labels to keep track of limited substances.

Substance Daily limit — less than ...

Sodium

2,300 milligrams (about a teaspoon)

1,500 milligrams for those with hypertension

Cholesterol

300 milligrams

Saturated fats

7 percent of total calories ― 15 grams or 140 calories for a 2,000 calorie diet

Trans fats

1 percent of total calories ― 2 grams or 20 calories for a 2,000 calorie diet

Source: American Heart Association

The facts about fiber

How much of what?

Keep your fats straight

Know your limitations

The facts about fiber

Fiber — carbohydrates that cannot be digested — comes only from plant foods and is important for our digestive health. It prevents constipation and keeps us regular.
At least 25 grams of fiber a day are recommended. Look for products that contain five grams or more per serving.

Major Sources:
Fruits and vegetables
Whole grains
Legumes
Nuts

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A closer look

A key to good health is a well-balanced diet. The foods you eat and the amount largely depend on your age, gender, physical activity and daily required calories. Consult a physician or nutritionist to learn to eat healthy or refer to educational resources, such as www.choosemyplate.gov to help plan a program that is right for you.

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole
    grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products.

  • Include lean meats, such as beef sirloin, or
    choose fish, poultry and legumes as a
    substitute for fatty meat.

  • Choose foods that are low in trans and
    saturated fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.

  • Drink water instead of fruit drinks and regular soda.

  • Choose liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats.

  • Watch portion sizes. Eating too much of even healthy foods can lead to weight gain.
March is National Nutrition Month

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Keep your
fats straight



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Healthy eating key to living well

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A salad a day

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Dining out: Food can be fast and healthy

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