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March 2016

Healthy Eating!

Celebrate National Nutrition Month and Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!  Use these recently released 2015 Dietary Guidelines; follow a healthy eating pattern; focus on a variety of nutrient–rich foods; keep portions in mind and gradually shift to healthier foods and beverages. Use the information below to build a healthy eating pattern you can enjoy!

A Healthy Eating Pattern Includes:

  • Eating a variety of colorful vegetables.
  • Consuming whole fresh fruits regularly.
  • Grains, at least half of which should be from whole grains.
  • A variety of protein foods, such as seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, and legumes.
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy, (milk and yogurt).
  • Unsaturated oils, such as olive & canola (in moderation).

Added Sugars Add Up Quickly!!
Soda - 12 oz. can = 9 teaspoons
Lemonade - 8 oz. = 6 teaspoons
Flavored Oatmeal - 1 pkt. = 3 teaspoons
Surprising Sources of Sodium
Instant Soup 1 pkt. = 1400-3000 mg
Lunch Meats 1 oz. = 250-400 mg
French Bread 2 oz. = 415 mg
Salad Dressing 2 T. = 250 mg

A Healthy Eating Pattern Limits:

  • Added Sugars - No more than 10% of calories should come from added sugars daily. This is about 200 calories or 50 gms of sugar - equal to 12 teaspoons.
  • Sodium - No more than 1500 mg of sodium daily. One teaspoon of salt has 2325 mg. of sodium.
  • Saturated Fats, Trans Fats - No more than 10% of calories should come from saturated fats.

Read the Nutrition Facts on the food label to see how much fat, added sugar and sodium is in the product.

Other Key Nutrients

  • Potassium - may offset the adverse effects of sodium on blood pressure. Optimize your potassium from fresh fruits & vegetables, nonfat dairy products, legumes, fish and lean meat. Don’t take a supplement unless your doctor prescribes it. If you have kidney disease, this mineral may need to be limited.
  • Vitamin B12 - absorption decreases as we age, especially if taking antacids. This could lead to anemia and poor memory. B12 rich foods include: dairy products, seafood and lean meats.
  • Vitamin D - works with calcium to keep bones strong.  Ongoing studies suggest there may be other health benefits to maintaining adequate vitamin D. Have your MD check your D-levels. We rely on sunlight for most of our vitamin D. Salmon, sardines, and D-Fortified dairy products are good food sources.


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