What Are The Most Important Steps To a Healthy Diet?

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Although there are different food pyramids for you to choose from, the challenge is to pick one, then create an eating plan that embraces healthy food. No matter which specific diet or food pyramid you choose, the basic steps to good nutrition come from a diet that:

  • helps you either lose weight or keeps your BMI in the "healthy" range

  • is balanced overall, with foods from all groups, with lots of delicious fruits, vegetables, and grains

  • is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat intake (less than 10 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat, and less than 30 percent of your daily calories should come from total fat)

  • includes a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains, a good source of fiber

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  • includes enough fruits and vegetables (a variety of each, five to nine servings each day)

  • has a small number of calories from added sugars (like in candy, cookies, and cakes)

  • has foods prepared with less sodium or salt (aim for no more than 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day, or about one teaspoon of salt per day for a healthy heart)

  • does not include more than one drink per day (two drinks per day for men) if you drink alcoholic beverages

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The source of this article is http://www.4woman.gov

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