Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Eight Good Health Guidelines

1. Vegetables & Fruits
Eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day gives your diet a built-in health benefit.

2. Grains
Choosing foods made from whole grains, such as whole-wheat pasta and whole-wheat bread, is a smart eating strategy.

3. Milk Products
Including milk products each day supplies the body with protein, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin D. . . and yes, calcium.

4. Fats
Limit saturated fats, such as butter and cheese. Instead, opt for liquid oils such as olive, canola, safflower, sunflower, or flaxseed.

5. Protein
Getting enough protein each day will help maintain overall health and may increase eating satisfaction.

6. Added Sugar and Alcohol
Too much added sugar and too much alcohol can lead to excess calories that are truly “empty” in terms of nutrition.

7. Water
Three of your six glasses can be caffeine-free beverages that don’t contain alcohol.

8. Multiple Vitamin-MineralSupplements
Avoid supplements that contain excessive amounts of vitamins or minerals.
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