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Eating for Health

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Basic Foods and Nutrition

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Percent Daily Value(%DV) is listed on the food label for each nutrient: 5% or less means a food is low in that nutrient. Aim to choose foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar. 10-19% of the daily value indicates that the food is a good

Percent Daily Value(%DV) is listed on the food label for each nutrient: 5% or less means a food is low in that nutrient. Aim to choose foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar. 10-19% of the daily value indicates that the food is a good source of that nutrient. 20% or more means a food is high in that nutrient. Choose foods that are high in fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.

Pay attention to the serving size listed on the top of the food label. Many packages that can easily be eaten in one sitting may contain more than one serving.

Pay attention to the serving size listed on the top of the food label. Many packages that can easily be eaten in one sitting may contain more than one serving.

Magnesium and selenium are found in whole grains. Magnesium is used in the body to build bones and release energy from muscles. Selenium contributes to a healthy immune system as well as acts to protect cells from oxidation.

Magnesium and selenium are found in whole grains. Magnesium is used in the body to build bones and release energy from muscles. Selenium contributes to a healthy immune system as well as acts to protect cells from oxidation.

Whole grains contain fiber which can help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and maintain healthy bowl function. Fiber can help prevent diverticulosis and constipation when consumed as part

Whole grains contain fiber which can help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and maintain healthy bowl function. Fiber can help prevent diverticulosis and constipation when consumed as part of a balanced diet. Fiber also creates a sense of fullness, causing satiety and preventing over eating.

Whole and enriched grain products contain non-heme iron. If eaten with foods containing vitamin C, non-heme iron is more readily absorbed and used by the body to help carry oxygen in the blood.

Whole and enriched grain products contain non-heme iron. If eaten with foods containing vitamin C, non-heme iron is more readily absorbed and used by the body to help carry oxygen in the blood.

The nutrients in whole grains may help boost immunity, lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer.

The nutrients in whole grains may help boost immunity, lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer.

Whole grains contain important nutrients such as selenium, potassium and magnesium.

Whole grains contain important nutrients such as selenium, potassium and magnesium.

Whole grains are naturally low in fat and a good source of fiber.

Whole grains are naturally low in fat and a good source of fiber.
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