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Planning to Eat Out

Why Do You Eat Out? Most American consumers desire quick, easy, and flavorful food. Eating out has become part of our busy everyday lifestyle. The typical American eats more than five meals per week...

30 MyPlate Steps to a Healthier You

We can benefit from taking small daily steps to improve our diet and lifestyle. Follow these 30 steps from http://myplate.gov  to get started. On the internet, go to...

Vary Your Veggies

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 recommends eating 2½ cups of vegetables every day, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. You may need to eat more or less, depending on your calorie level....

Focus on Fruits

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 recommends eating 2 cups of fruits every day, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. The fruit food group contains whole fruits and 100% fruit juice. Some...

2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The United States is facing an epidemic of obesity. An estimated 70.2%, or 2 out of 3 of all US adults, are considered overweight or obese. More than half get too little physical activity and 76.5%...

Determining Nutritional Value of Foods

Are you looking for a quick way to compare similar foods for their nutrient value? Then check the % Daily Values on today’s Nutrition Facts labels. The % Daily Values (% DVs) are the recommended...

Food Labels: Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates & Sugars in Your Food As part of an overall healthy eating plan, you can enjoy carbohydrates and sugars in moderation. Foods containing carbohydrates must be chosen wisely so that...

Food Labels: Fat & Cholesterol

Health experts recommend keeping your intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol as low as possible as part of a nutritionally balanced diet. These nutrients are the ones Americans generally...

Sodium

Why We Need It Sodium is a mineral that the body needs in small amounts. It is found in foods mostly as sodium chloride, which is another name for table salt. One teaspoon of salt contains...

Reading the New Food Labels

A smart shopper reads food labels to find out more about the foods they eat. How many calories or fat grams are in a serving? Does this food contain trans fat? Is it low in sodium? Is it a good...

Making Mealtimes Pleasant

Family mealtime used to be a core daily activity in the United States, but it is becoming a lost art in many homes. Families often are too busy to sit down together around the dinner table, partly...

Feeding Your Infant

Food for Baby’s First Year Baby’s first food is breast milk or iron-fortified infant formula. Breast milk is the perfect food and is made especially for your baby, but infant formula will provide...

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