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What is a healthy diet for adults?

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A healthy diet for adults includes a wide variety of nutrient dense foods. Adults should strive to eat two cups of fruit, two and one half cups of vegetables, three cups of nonfat or low fat dairy products, six ounces of whole grains and six ounces of lean meats per day.

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Eating a wide variety of healthy foods is key to staying healthy. Variety ensures that adults get adequate vitamins and minerals. Adults should strive to eat foods that are low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. These types of food will decrease their risk for developing heart disease and keep their arteries clean.

Adults should also strive to eat little to moderate amounts of sugar. Sugar is a high caloric food that has no nutrients. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and dental issues.

Finally, adults should reduce the amount of salt and sodium in their diets. Almost all types of processed foods have an abundance of sodium. Over the course of a day, someone who eats mostly processed foods could eat far more sodium than recommended. An increased sodium intake is linked with heart disease and kidney disease. Adults should eat foods that are markedly low in sodium and should eat more non-processed foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

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