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Eat Healthy

The Basics: Overview

Eating healthy means getting enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients – and limiting unhealthy foods and drinks. Eating healthy also means getting the number of calories that’s right for you (not eating too much or too little).

To eat healthy, be sure to get plenty of:

Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products
Seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, seeds, and nuts

It’s also important to limit:

Sodium (salt)
Added sugars – like refined (regular) sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and honey
Saturated fats, which come from animal products like cheese, fatty meats, whole milk, and butter, and plant products like palm and coconut oils
Trans fats, which may be in foods including stick margarines, coffee creamers, and some desserts
Refined grains which are in foods like cookies, white bread, and some snack foods

Get a personalized Daily Food Plan to help you choose healthy foods.

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