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Nutrition and MyPlate: Fruit - VHL HealthSheet #88759_VA
Like vegetables, fruit contains fiber and plenty of vitamins. But the great thing about fruit is its flavor. If you have a sweet tooth or just want a little treat, fruit is the healthiest way to indulge.
Nutrition and MyPlate: Grains - VHL HealthSheet #88761_VA
Grains (also known as starches) make up foods such as bread, pasta, rice, cereal, and tortillas. Grains provide iron, B vitamins, and other nutrients the body needs to function. And they give your body fiber, which helps your digestion.
Nutrition and MyPlate: Protein Foods - VHL HealthSheet #88765_VA
This group includes foods that are high in protein. Protein helps the body build new cells and keeps tissues healthy. Most Americans get enough protein without even trying. It can be harder for vegetarians, but plenty of nonmeat foods are rich in protein, too.
Nutrition and MyPlate: Dairy - VHL HealthSheet #88767_VA
The dairy group includes foods that are made from milk and are also high in calcium (a nutrient that builds strong bones). If you're lactose-intolerant, special milk products can help. If you're allergic to dairy, be sure to get your calcium from leafy greens (such as mustard or collard greens) and from calcium-fortified foods (such as orange juice and soy products).
Nutrition and MyPlate: Oils - VHL HealthSheet #88769_VA
Oils are fats that are liquid at room temperature. This food group includes oils you cook with, plus foods that are mostly oil, such as mayonnaise and salad dressing. Oils give the body vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which keep cells and tissues healthy and help the body heal. But oils and other fats are high in calories.
Nutrition and MyPlate: Vegetables - VHL HealthSheet #88771_VA
Vegetables are a major source of fiber. They’re also packed with vitamins needed for health and growth.
Eating the Right Number of Calories (2015-2020 Guidelines) - VHL HealthSheet #87924_VA
Calories are a measure of the energy you get from food. If you eat more calories than you use, you will gain weight. If you eat fewer calories than you use, you will lose weight.
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To keep yourself from overindulging on snack food, buy single-serving packages. If you buy larger packages, divide them up into single servings. 

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