Diet dos and dont's

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:49 pm
Although most people probably learned about food groups in grade school, there have been some important changes to this dietary plan in the past decade. The most recent food-group plan is based on a recommended number of servings from six food groups rather than four. These include the milk, yogurt, and cheese group; the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, and nut group; the fruit group; the vegetables group; the breads, cereals, rice, and pasta group; and the fats, oils, and sweets group. As a general rule, you should eat a variety of foods from each group, but use some caution when choosing from fats, oils, and sweets. To maximize the nutrient value of your diet, you should eat two to three servings from the group containing meat, poultry, eggs, and fish, including at least one serving of grains, peas, beans, or nuts. Eat two to five servings of vegetables, including dark green or orange vegetables; two to four servings of fruits; and six to eleven servings of bread, cereal, rice, and pasta, preferably whole-grained. Everyone, especially women, should take special care to meet the recommended daily allowances of calcium and iron. You should also try to get plenty of fiber and protein, and keep your diet low in fat, sugar, and salt. Lastly, if you consume alcohol, do so in moderation. For more information about your personal dietary needs, consult a physician.

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