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Hints for a Healthier Diet

Timeless Nutrition Tip

Nutrition is a complex science and our bodies have complicated chemistry - variables such as heredity, environment and lifestyle contribute to the confusing array of possible diet risks or benefits.

Hints for a healthier diet

Low fat, low salt, no sugar, more fibers - it seems endless. Understanding exactly what foods can and cannot do is another story.

For the basically healthy person, the rules of good nutrition remain the same as always: Eat a wide variety of foods choosing the basic food groups and remember that moderation is the key.

Most nutritionists agree on the following.

  • Lean, red meat helps prevent anemia.
  • Water-soluble oat bran and olive oil may help lower blood cholesterol.
  • Calcium and dairy products may help prevent osteoporosis.

However, most American diets are far too high in fats and too low in fiber.

Dairy for High Blood Pressure?

Making low-fat dairy products a regular part of your diet may reduce hypertension risk by about 50 percent, results of a small study suggest. Although more research is needed to confirm the link, low-fat dairy products such as non-fat milk, yogurt, and reduced-fat cheeses remain a good source of lean protein and bone-boosting calcium.

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