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How do you choose the right food to eat?

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One way to choose a healthy diet is to follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services prepare every five years. These guidelines provide science-based advice on eating right and maintaining a healthy weight.

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To eat foods that comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans published in 2010, eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy products, such as nonfat milk or cheese. Include adequate amounts of lean meat, poultry, beans and nuts, and limit foods that contain sodium, added sugar, cholesterol and trans fat. It's also important to balance caloric intake with your activity level and maintain a healthy weight. For more complete advice, download a full copy of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines on the website of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Health.gov.

The federal agencies responsible for revising the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are preparing a new set of dietary recommendations, which is due out in the fall of 2015. These continue to emphasize the need to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and also include a first-ever recommendation to limit added sugar to 10 percent of your daily diet, states U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, the new guidelines remove former restrictions on eggs, which are not only low in saturated fat but also a low-calorie source of protein and other nutrients.

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