The message is simple: Eat well to stay well. The good news is that you don’t need a graduate degree in nutrition to eat healthfully on a daily basis. What follows are some guidelines and information to help you make informed decisions about what you and your family should eat to maintain a balanced diet.
*Consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages within the basic food groups. Choose foods that limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, salt, and alcohol.
*Engage in regular physical activity and reduce sedentary activities to promote health, psychological well-being, and a healthy body weight.
*Consume three or more 1 ounce equivalent servings of whole grains each day.
*Consume 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk or equivalent dairy products per day.
*Derive less than 10 percent of your calories from saturated fat and less than 300mg of cholesterol per day. Avoid trans fats.
*Keep your total fat intake between 20 and 35 percent of your calories, with most fats coming from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated sources, such as fish, nuts, and vegetable oils.
*Choose fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains each day.
*Consume less than 2,300mg (about 1 teaspoon) of sodium each day.
*Women who choose to drink alcohol should limit themselves to one drink per day; men should limit themselves to no more than two drinks per day.
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