Eat your way to good health
A diet that includes several servings of fruits and vegetables per day will help prevent serious, chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), and lower cholesterol and triglycerides that lead to heart disease. Here are some tips to reduce your risk for diet-related disease:
- Fresh fruit and vegetables are especially high in vitamins and nutrients. When fresh is not available, canned or frozen vegetables can be substituted.
- The typical American eats more animal protein than needed. Excess protein from meat or seafood is stored in the body as fat. Plant-Based protein from beans, whole grains and potatoes contain a healthy amount of protein.
- Extra virgin olive oil reduces risk factors for chronic health problems like heart disease and some cancers.
- Whole wheat pasta and brown rice help you feel full longer and help reduce the risk of heart disease. These products have vitamins that are taken out during the refining process, so eating them is more beneficial to your diet.
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