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Your body works hard 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. All of the food that you put into your body should be nutrient rich; practicing healthy eating habits like this will give you the energy you need to make it through a busy day.

Half of your plate should reflect a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables!! A diet full of macronutrients proves to be very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can find protein in meats, fish, beans, nuts, eggs, tofu, and dairy products. Carbohydrates can be found in fruits and vegetables, breads and grains like cereal, and dairy products. Healthy fats can be found in olive oil, avocados, omega-3 fatty acids in fish, and nuts. They consist mainly of liquid fats and oils. Solid fats and oils should be avoided or consumed in very limited quantities.

Micronutrients are also important for your health, but you do not need to consume nearly as much. Some vitamins can protect your body from toxic compounds. Some minerals provide major structural components in the body; one example is the role calcium plays in bone development.

Know Your Facts

Understanding the nutrition label is important. This label has been broken into six parts to make it easier to understand and follow. Understanding a nutrition label is important to make sure all of your daily nutrient needs are met.

Nutrition labels provide a lot of information, but can also be overwhelming if you do not know where to start.

The nutrition facts label has been broken into five parts so each one can be explored.

  • Nutrition Facts
  • Check Calories
  • Limit these nutrients
  • Get enough of these nutrients
  • Footnotes

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McGuire, Michelle, and Kathy A Beerman. Nutritional Sciences : From Fundamentals to Food. Australia: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2007