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Which foods are the best choice for a healthy diet?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

The best guidelines to follow are the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate. The key messages for making healthy food choices are:

  • Make half your plate filled with produce (fruits and vegetables). Fresh, frozen, canned with added salt and no added sugar, dried, or juiced, are all healthy food options.
  • Make at least half of your grain choices whole grains. Swap out some of your refined grains with whole grain choices (bulgur, quinoa, millet, oats, rye, whole wheat, and corn, to name a few).
  • Switch to skim or 1% milk instead of 2% or whole. Switch all of your dairy foods to skim or 1% to cut back on fat, saturated fat and calories.
  • Vary your protein food choices and choose lean protein foods. Lean protein choices include lean cuts of beef, pork, and lamb; soy foods, beans, and white meat poultry without the skin.
  • Cut back on foods that are high in sodium, contain solid fats or contain added sugars. Use no added salt canned vegetables and soups. Use no added sugar canned fruit and 100% fruit juices.

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