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