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Dietary Guidelines Explained: Consume nutrient-dense foods

"Consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods and beverages within and among the basic food groups." To follow this guideline you need to know what a nutrient-dense food is. A nutrient-dense food is one that supplies a significant amount of nutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and water) for the number...

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Can Nuts Be Part of a Healthy Diet?

Absolutely! While it's true that nuts have a naturally-high fat content, it's usually the "good" type of fat. Plus nuts are high in fiber, protein, and contain many vitamins and minerals. As long as you keep an eye on portion size, nuts can be a tasty and nutritious part of...

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What Are Whole Grains?

Grains can be roughly divided into two groups: Whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains, such as brown rice and quinoa, pre-date refined grains, which are a product of modern society. You can think of a whole grain as a three-part package: Bran (outer layer) - This layer is packed...

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Contributing Authors: Susan Brown-Neaves, Joan Bushman, MPH, RD, Anna Delany, Rawinia Gregory