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Balanced Diet Essential Nutrients

Balanced Diet Essential Nutrients

How can I follow a balanced diet that provides all the essential nutrients?

A balanced diet should include:

  • Whole grains, such as brown rice and whole wheat bread
  • Plenty of vegetables, including dark green and colorful varieties
  • Fruits, especially those high in vitamins C and A
  • Lean proteins, such as poultry, fish, and beans
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Nuts, seeds, and healthy oils

It is also recommended to vary your food choices within each food group to ensure you get a variety of nutrients.

Here are some tips for following a balanced diet:

  • Make sure to eat a variety of foods from all food groups in the recommended amounts.
  • Opt for fresh, frozen or canned vegetables and fruits without added sugars or sauces.
  • Choose lean protein sources, such as poultry, fish, beans, and nuts.
  • Use healthy oils, such as olive or canola oil, in moderation.
  • Drink plenty of water and limit sugary drinks.
  • Control portion sizes to manage calorie intake.
  • Limit salt and added sugars.
  • Consult a registered dietitian or healthcare provider for personalized recommendations based on your health status and goals.