“Don’t be foolish enough to dig your own grave with a fork and spoon.”
– Anonymous

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may:

  • Reduce risk for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Protect against certain cancers, such as mouth, stomach, and colon-rectum cancer
  • Reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and may help to decrease bone loss
  • Be useful in helping to lower calorie intake

Benefits of Grains

  • Consuming foods rich in fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, reduce constipation, help with weight management
  • Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including dietary fiber, several B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate), and minerals (iron, magnesium, and selenium).

Benefits of Milk, Cheese, or Yogurt

  • Diets rich in milk and milk products help build and maintain bone mass throughout the lifecycle. This may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • The intake of milk products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence, when bone mass is being built.
  • Diets that include milk products tend to have a higher overall nutritional quality.

Benefits of Meats and Beans

  • Meats and Beans provide many important nutrients including: protein, B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and B6), vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and zinc.


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