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How to follow a healthful diet

Nutrition Tip

posted by Research Admin 1 on 29 April 2020

Medical News Today, 27 April, 2020

A healthful diet means eating nutrient dense foods, in the right quantities, from all the major food groups.

People often think of “a diet” as a specific weight loss plan, but diet simply refers to the types and amounts of food a person eats.

A healthful diet must include a balance of several food groups, as no single group can provide everything the body needs for good health.

Making healthful food choices reduces a person’s risk of many chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

There is a wealth of information available, so designing a suitable, healthful diet can feel overwhelming. That said, a few simple changes can make a diet more nutritious and reduce the risk of many medical problems.

What is healthful eating?

Having a balanced diet means eating foods from all main food groups in the right quantities. These food groups are:

  • whole grains
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • protein
  • dairy
  • fats

The following sections discuss healthful choices from these food groups.