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Making Healthy Food Choices

Making healthy food choices is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It’s essential for maintaining a balanced diet that helps to keep you in good shape. Developing awareness of the types of food you consume ensures your body gets proper nutrition and keeps you on top of your health.

As simple as it sounds, healthy eating is frequently overlooked. If you’re not conscious enough about the food you eat, you are missing out on a lot of benefits eating well can give you.

Here’s how to make healthy food choices and important tips on getting started with healthy eating.

What is a Balanced Diet?

A healthy diet includes eating a wide variety of nutritious foods in properly regulated amounts. It doesn’t restrict you from eating a certain type of food but focuses on how frequently you eat that food and how much you are eating. So, you don’t have to feel guilty if you occasionally eat a piece of cake.

Why Maintain a Balanced Diet?

A well-balanced diet is important to:

Energize you throughout your day

Strengthen your immune system

Make your body cope up with stress better

Prevent certain diseases like diabetes and cancer

How To Make Healthy Food Choices

Selecting food for optimal nutrition can be hard due to a lot of different options available. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a detailed guide that simplifies the process.

As stated in the guide, you should make food and beverage choices that meet the key recommendations for food groups, subgroups, nutrients, and other components in combination to contribute to overall healthy eating patterns. [1]

In addition, following the Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern can be very helpful in your goal of choosing nutritious diets.

The main types of foods in this eating pattern include a variety of vegetables; fruits; whole grains; fat-free or low-fat dairy; seafood, poultry, meat, and eggs; and nuts, seeds, and soy products.

This healthy eating pattern helps achieve and maintain healthy body weight, support nutrient adequacy, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Helpful Tips For Better Food Choices

Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.

Diets rich in fruits and vegetables protect your body from certain types of cancer and reduce your risk for heart disease including heart attack and stroke.

Include whole grains in your diet often.

Rice, pasta, and bread are fiber-rich foods that help in better digestion, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and