Eating Tips

Variety is the spice of a healthy diet.

Shake up Your Eating Habits and Your Health

by Kathleen Putnam, Dietitian

A fundamental truth of nutrition science and health science is that eating a variety of foods supports a balance of nutrients. Eating many different foods in a variety of colors supports optimal nutrition. The plant compounds called phytochemicals found in plant foods support the best health.

Eating should be pleasurable and meaningful. Choose foods you like, instead of eating certain foods out of guilt. Buy the in-season fruits, vegetables and whole grains that you enjoy most, and take a tasty adventure into something new when it suits you.

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15 Ways to Add Fiber to Your Diet

Did you get enough fiber today? If not, you may be missing out on its many health benefits.

by Sharon Salomon, MS, RD

When it comes to figuring out if foods made with grains, like breads and cereals, are good sources of fiber, it can get a little tricky. Read labels and look for "whole grain" as the first ingredient. Don't be fooled by "Twelve grain," "multigrain" or "wheat flour." If the food label contains those words, look at the fiber content on the nutrition label. Oftentimes, breads made with twelve grains don't have much more fiber than plain old white bread because all those grains are just sprinkled on the bread before baking--they may add crunch, but not much fiber. And don't let the color of the bread fool you: Just because it's brown doesn't mean it's a whole-grain bread.

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