Healthy Eating

  1. A Guide to Healthier Eating

    You should cut back on foods that have only limited nutritional value, that are overprocessed or that contain too much fat, salt, sugar and refined white flour.

  2. Calculating Calories and Fat Grams

    Here's a formula to help you figure out how many calories and fat grams you need each day to maintain your current weight.

  3. Cholesterol in the Blood

    The cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat and your liver—but your liver makes all of the cholesterol your body needs.

  4. Choose My Plate Now Tailored to You

    Many of us used the old Food Pyramid for years to help make sure we were following a balanced diet. Its replacement, Choose My Plate, was introduced in 2011.

  5. Components of Food

    When trying to make heart-healthy changes to your lifestyle and diet, it is helpful to know some basics about nutrition.

  6. Coping With Food Cravings

    Some people experience food cravings only now and then, while others have them daily or weekly.

  7. Food Pyramid Quiz

    How many cups of vegetables should you eat each day? How about milk? Meat? The personalized food pyramid can help you find out.

  8. Lifestyle Changes

    Living a healthier lifestyle can help to prevent heart disease. This means eliminating all tobacco, following a heart-healthy diet, and getting regular exercise.

  9. Moving Beyond All-or-Nothing Thinking

    When you lapse from your goals, remind yourself of all you've learned and how much you've accomplished.

  10. Preventing Obesity

    Given the chronic diseases and conditions associated with obesity and the fact that obesity is difficult to treat, prevention is extremely important.

  11. The Facts on Fat: What a Healthful Diet Should Include

    News reports on the role fat should play in your diet can be confusing. Some new studies suggest the type of fat you consume is more important to your health than the amount of fat eaten. Other recent reports contradict these findings.

  12. What's in the Food You Eat?

    Most food additives are safe and beneficial, experts say. What's more, they're everywhere.

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