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9. Special Health Concerns

If you have special health conditions, like food sensitivities, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, does standard dietary advice apply to you? Yes and no. It’s true that most of the information in this report, as well as in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is general and geared toward people with no

2. Dietary Patterns

No single food, meal, or even day of eating makes or breaks our path to better nutrition and health. What matters most is what and how much you eat over time. In other words, your overall “dietary pattern.” Your dietary pattern reflects the quantity, proportion, variety of different foods and

5. Essential Nutrients for Heart and Brain

So far, we’ve focused mostly on the big picture—dietary patterns that benefit your heart and brain, as well as foods that are the core components of these patterns. But, it’s also useful to know a little about specific nutrients—particularly those that many Americans may be lacking.
Common Deficiencies
In general, according to

4. Fueling Activity

A healthful dietary pattern will give you the energy you need to optimally fuel activity, and the nutrients you need to get the maximum benefit from your exercise. If you don’t regularly fuel your body with nutritious foods, you’ll be at greater risk of fatigue, injury, and illness. Nutrients, such

9. Special Health Concerns

Special health conditions, including food sensitivities, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, can impact dietary advice. While most of the information in this report is general and geared toward people with no underlying health conditions, this chapter highlights science-based approaches for adapting basic dietary advice to manage common chronic health conditions. If

2. Dietary Patterns

Dietary patterns are “the quantities, proportions, variety, or combination of different foods, drinks, and nutrients in diets, and the frequency with which they are habitually consumed”—in other words, what (and how much) we eat and drink. The typical Western dietary pattern, aka the “typical American diet,” is characterized by high intake

4. Essential Nutrients For Heart and Brain

Through observational studies and randomized clinical trials, scientists have pieced together much of the puzzle of how individual vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients affect human health (see Box 4-1, “Making Sense of Nutrition Studies”). You can go a long way toward making sure you obtain the nutrients essential for a

What Can Yogurt Do for You?

Americans consume more than $7 billion a year worth of yogurt, with hundreds of new yogurt products introduced annually. In survey after survey, consumers say the healthfulness of yogurt is top among the reasons they eat it.
Research confirms yogurt consumption correlates with a host of health benefits. Yogurt-eaters are more

2. Eating To Beat Disease

When you have a chronic health condition or are at increased risk of a chronic disease, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, or celiac disease, it’s natural to focus on foods you should limit or avoid. However, you’ll likely find eating more enjoyable if you shift your attention to substituting

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