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How do you eat a healthy diet?

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Following healthy eating guidelines outlined by the USDA and the American Heart Association is one way to stick to a healthy diet. Eating healthy includes planning meals that include balanced portions of lean protein, carbohydrates and fiber.

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Eating healthy may require changing unhealthy dietary habits and avoiding foods that contain high amounts of unhealthy fats, salt and sugar. For example, reducing the amount of snack foods in the diet is a good way to make way for more nutritious foods. Snack on healthier options such as fresh fruit, yogurt, popcorn and other low-fat snacks. Choose leaner meat such as chicken breasts and beef with most of the fat trimmed away.

Getting enough fiber in the diet is important to a healthy digestive system. Choose fiber-rich foods such as beans and oats and fruits such as apples. While cholesterol is necessary to support some bodily functions, it's important to monitor the amount of cholesterol in the diet. Healthy meals often include foods with cholesterol such as steak, eggs, poultry and cheese. However, the amount of these foods eaten each day must be minimized to avoid unhealthy cholesterol build up in the body, which leads to heart disease. Reduce or avoid foods containing trans fat and limit calories from sugar.

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