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What is a healthy diet?

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  1. GirlSmarts on Nov 30, -0001 Reply

    A healthy diet consist of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, dairy,and some healthy fats. Try to focus more on these foods. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals. They also have fiber, which helps you feel full and is great for you. Whole grains have lots of health benefits, including possibly helping prevent heart disease. This includes whole wheat, oatmeal, and brown rice. (It even includes popcorn — just watch out for added butter and salt.)

    Also, fat-free and low-fat milk products are great. They are especially good for a girl during her childhood and teen years because she needs them to build strong bones. Look for fat-free or low-fat cheese or yogurt. If you can’t drink milk, try soy drinks fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Protein helps your body heal, gives you energy, and more. Choose a mix of different protein foods. Good options include fish, poultry (without the skin), beans and peas, eggs, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.

    Some foods are not good for your health if you eat too much of them. These include, Solid fats, which are fats that are solid at room temperature (ie: butter, etc). Eating too much solid fats can cause problems like heart disease. Oils that have unsaturated fat are a much healthier choice. Sodium is found in table salt and lots of prepared foods. Eating too much sodium can cause health problems such as high blood pressure. Added sugars mean you’re getting extra calories without any extra nutrients. Added sugars are often hiding out in your soda, cookies, candy, and sugary cereals. Refined grains are grains that have had some of the nutrients removed. Choose whole grains because they have all the nutrients. Finally, cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. Check the Nutrition Facts label on foods you eat to see how much cholesterol they have. Try to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day.

    Having a healthy diet does not mean that you have to be really skinny, or deprive yourself of everything that you like. If you like pizza eat pizza once in awhile, just make sure that you eat it in moderation. If you mostly eat fresh foods and other healthy foods, it is ok to eat other less healthy stuff once in awhile.

    For more information, refer to http://www.girlshealth.gov/nutrition/healthy_eating/index.html
    and also http://www.girlshealth.gov/nutrition/healthy_eating/pyramid.html.

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