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What Lean Really Means for Lean Meat

How lean is lean meat? And what’s the difference between lean and extra lean meats? Guidelines have been established so that these terms have clear definitions. Meat, poultry, or seafood must meet certain [more…]

Different Kinds of Whole Grains for Your Healthy Diet

The major advantages to using whole grains in cooking are their superior nutritional value and their great taste. Once you’ve become accustomed to the rich flavor of whole grains, a steady diet of processed [more…]

Lowfat Dairy Product Substitutions

You can still enjoy dairy products while cooking the lowfat way. All kinds of lowfat dairy substitutions exist, and even if those lowfat substitutions don’t taste quite like the fatty versions, they work [more…]

USDA Recommendations for a Vegetarian Diet

If you don’t eat meat, check out the USDA Vegetarian Pyramid for recommendations that will help you meet all your daily nutritional requirements. Because meat, poultry, and fish are not included in a vegetarian [more…]

Keeping Sugar to a Minimum in Your Diet

Sugars, which are simple carbohydrates, are found naturally in many nutritious foods, including milk, fruits, some vegetables, breads, cereals, and grains. Many of these are a part of any healthy diet. [more…]

Figure the Right Amount of Fat for Your Diet

Yes, you do need some fat in your diet for good health. Fat supplies essential fatty acids and helps your body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. But a diet high in saturated fat and, to a [more…]

The Nutritional Benefits of Vegetables in Your Daily Diet

A diet rich in vegetables contains beneficial antioxidants that help reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease. These antioxidants are just some of the nutritional benefits of eating vegetables [more…]

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Suggestions for Good Health

Published in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the following list contains the ten Dietary Guidelines for Americans. [more…]

USDA Recommendations for Fats, Oils, and Sweets in Your Diet

The USDA recommends that you use fat and sugars sparingly in your diet. Most foods high in sugar and fat contribute many calories but few, if any, nutrients. However the USDA’s grouping of all fats with [more…]

How to Add Fiber to Your Diet

Fiber doesn’t contain nutrients, but it is essential to a healthy diet. A high-fiber low-fat diet is healthful for your heart and digestive system. Looking for quick and easy ways to add fiber to your [more…]

USDA Recommendations for Meat in Your Diet

The USDA Food Pyramid recommends that you include 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, eggs dried beans or nuts in your daily diet. Such foods contribute important nutrients, such as protein, calcium, iron, [more…]

Providing Nutritious Food Choices for Your Children

The Food Guide Pyramid is a good place to start planning a nutritious diet for your family. When you plan a snack or meal, make sure that it includes protein, carbohydrate, and a little bit of fat. A carbohydrate-only [more…]

Adding Fruits to Your Diet Every Day

Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber necessary for proper nutrition. They’re also naturally low in fat with few exceptions. Breakfast is a good place to begin adding fruit servings [more…]

Grains: The Foundation of a Healthy Diet

Grains are low in fat and provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are the source of complex carbohydrates in your diet. But the wrong kinds of grain products can lead you to eat too many [more…]

USDA Recommendations for Dairy Products in Your Diet

To meet your nutritional needs, the USDA recommends two to three daily servings of dairy products. Including dairy foods in your diet provides you with protein and calcium and contributes vitamins A and [more…]

Experimenting with Some Great Dairy-Free Snacks

Snacking is a way of life for most folks, but those who opt to go dairy-free may have to make some special adjustments to their old snacking habits. The tasty [more…]

What is the MyPlate Food Guide?

With obesity on the rise in both children and adults in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new food guide, MyPlate [more…]

Understanding the USDA Food Pyramid

Food groups and recommended daily servings from the USDA Food Pyramid show guidelines to good nutrition. Serving sizes and calorie intake are important to healthy diets, weight loss, and the right portions [more…]
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