Make Calories Count with Nutrient Rich Foods
When it comes to body weight our goal should be a healthy weight. For some people this means losing weight, while others may actually need to gain weight. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend balancing calories to manage weight. Let’s take it one step further to not only balance calories, but make calories count with nutrient rich foods.
Being underweight may put one at increased risk for medical conditions, including osteoporosis, fractures and may impair brain and immune functions. Being overweight may increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more!
Nutrient Rich Foods
To better understand nutrient rich foods, read the Nutrition Facts label, compare the calories along with the vitamins, minerals and fiber content. Select foods that provide more nutrients for the same amount of calories.
In general fresh fruits & vegetables, low fat dairy products, whole grains and less-processed foods are more nutrient rich. Make the most of your calories by choosing nutrient rich foods for optimal health.
Tips To Gain Weight and Boost Nutrition
Tips To Lose Weight without Compromising Nutrition
The USDA launched this icon, My Plate, to accompany the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. This plate replaces the well-known food pyramid and offers guidance for a healthful meal at a glance. This template is not all encompassing as the icons misses the mark on portion sizes, critical in maintaining a healthy weight, as well as sodium, fats and sugar, prime targets of the Dietary Guidelines. For this information, visit www.Choosemyplate.gov.
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