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Nutrition Basics

Eating healthy can be easier than you think. Just remember the food groups! When you plan or prepare meals and snacks, try to include choices from all the MyPlate food groups to meet your calorie and nutrient needs. Focus on Whole Fruits Fruits are a tasty way to add...

Food Myths

Myth #1: To lose weight, you have to give up all your favorite foods. Fact: You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods when you’re trying to lose weight. Small amounts of your favorite high-calorie foods may be part of your weight-loss plan. Just remember to...

Healthy Eating Tips

Nutrition is about more than vitamins—it also includes fiber and healthy fats. Now is a perfect time to learn simple ways to help your whole family eat healthier. Add healthy fats Not all fats are bad. Foods with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are important...

How to Feed Your Mind

Recent science has demonstrated the importance of proper nutrition for brain health. Almost fifty million people are food insecure in the United States, which makes food insecurity one of the nation’s leading health and nutrition issues. Recent research of the...

Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods

An estimated 3 million people in the United States have celiac disease. In people with celiac disease, foods that contain gluten trigger production of antibodies that attack and damage the lining of the small intestine. Such damage limits the ability of people with...

Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label

The Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods was updated in 2016 to reflect updated scientific information, including information about the link between diet and chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease. The updated label makes it easier for consumers to...

Probiotics

The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics defines “probiotics” as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” [1]. These microorganisms, which consist mainly of bacteria but also...

Getting Started with the DASH Eating Plan

The DASH eating plan is easy to follow using common foods available in your grocery store. The plan includes daily servings from different food groups. The number of servings you should have depends on your daily calorie (energy) needs. To figure out your calorie...