What Is a Healthful Diet

In This Chapter

  • Introducing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005
  • Establishing a healthful lifestyle
  • Using good judgment when choosing foods
  • Handling foods safely
  • Applying the guidelines realistically

The American Heart Association says to limit your consumption of fats and cholesterol. The American Cancer Society says to eat more fiber. The National Research Council says to watch out for fats, sugar, and salt. The American Diabetes Association says to eat regular meals so your blood sugar stays even. The Food Police say if it tastes good, forget it!

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services have incorporated virtually all but the "tastes good, forget it" rule into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 and even added some advisories of their own. Before you begin reading this chapter, make sure you have a couple bookmarks or something else to hold your place — the material here often refers to information in other chapters, so you may have to skip back and forth.

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