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Vary Your Veggies

Exploring MyPlate: Vary Your Veggies - FN727

Vegetables are a nutritional bargain. Most vegetables are naturally low in calories and fat and naturally have no cholesterol. Eating vegetables rich in potassium, such as sweet potatoes, white beans and tomato products, might help decrease bone loss.

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Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole Grains

Exploring MyPlate: Make at Least Half Your Grains Whole Grains - FN726

The food icon at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov recommends that at least half of the grain foods in your diet bewhole grains.

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Know Your Fats

Exploring MyPlate: Know Your Fats - FN725

Not all fats are the same. To help us sort out information about nutrition, the food icon at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov can help us choose a healthy eating plan that’s personalized for our age, sex and activity level.

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Go Lean with Protein

Exploring MyPlate: Go Lean with Protein - FN724

Protein is important to have in your diet because it plays a part in the health and maintenance of the body. Choosing protein foods that are lean and low in cholesterol will give you the needed nutrients without the extra fat.

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Get Your Calcium-rich Foods

Exploring MyPlate: Get Your Calcium-rich Foods - FN723

The dairy group is an important part of the new food icon at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov . MyPlate provides individual recommendations based on age, sex and activity level for each group. The online tool can help you with an eating plan personalized for you.

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Focus on Fruits

Exploring MyPlate: Focus on Fruits - FN722

Fruits are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals (“phyto” means plant). The usual sweetness of fruits makes them an enjoyable food.

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Balance Between Food and Physical Activity

Exploring MyPlate: Find Your Balance Between Food and Physical Activity - FN721

Do you consider yourself to be physically active? You probably are more active than you think. According to the MyPlate recommendations at www.ChooseMyPlate.gov, being physically active is “movement of the body that uses energy.” Calories are units of energy. You use up calories when you are active. The more time and intensity you put into an activity, the more calories you burn.

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