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Planning Meals for a Family

Eating Meals at Home Has Benefits Many of today’s children and adults are part of a generation that has grown up in restaurants and fast-food eateries. Preparing and eating meals at home is a better choice for many reasons. It is usually healthier and tastes better because the cook has control over the ingredients in meals cooked at home. It helps to control the amounts of food served, or the...

Stretch Your Food Dollars Part 3: At Home

During challenging economic times, Americans try to stretch their dollars. Food is a flexible budget expense that can be reduced when money is tight. You can serve satisfying meals within your food...

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...

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...

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