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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...

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...

What foods are in the Grains Group?

Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, grits, and tortillas are examples of grain products. Foods such as popcorn, rice, and oatmeal are also included in the Grains Group....