Could I Be Eating Better?
By Eating Healthy, You
- Live longer.
- Reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
- Increase your energy.
- Decrease stress.
- Boost your mood.
- Eat meals together as a family.
- Find healthy and easy-to-make recipe resources online.
- Choose healthier options when eating out.
- Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables - choose dark green, red and orange vegetables frequently.
- Eat more whole grains.
- Eat more lean proteins - lean meats, seafood, beans, other legumes.
- Learn why fish are part of a healthy diet for you and your family. We have a shopping guide for the healthiest seafood.
- Eat more fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
- Eat fewer foods with total fat, saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.
- Eat less added sugar - make sure that sugar is not one of the first two or three ingredients listed. Names for added sugars include: corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, honey, and maple syrup.
- Eat less salt (sodium) - eat more home-made foods. Limit sodium to less than 2300 milligrams a day, or 1500 if you are over 51 and those of any age who are African American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.
- Eat the right amount of calories for your gender, age and activity level (range for moderately active adults is 2000-2800) http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.
- Drink alcohol in moderation (no more than 1-2 drinks per day).
- Choose foods that supply iron, which is more readily absorbed by the body, additional iron sources, and enhancers of iron absorption such as vitamin C-rich foods.