Do you want to eat a healthy diet but aren't sure where to start? You've probably seen a lot of options for healthy diets online, in magazines and in cookbooks. When you choose an eating plan, make sure to look for one that:

  • Includes a variety of foods from the major food groups: fruits; vegetables; whole grains; low-fat dairy products and lean protein, including beans and other legumes, nuts and seeds; and healthy fats.
  • Provides guidelines for how much food to choose from each group.
  • Includes foods you can find in your local grocery store — rather than specialty or gourmet store items.
  • Fits your tastes, lifestyle and budget.

Also talk with your healthcare team about your health risks. For example, you may be counseled to eat foods that are low in sodium if you have high blood pressure.

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