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Does Eating a Healthy Diet Mean I Can’t Eat My Favorite Foods?

The most important factor of a healthy eating style is your total diet or the overall pattern of the foods you eat. All foods can fit within this pattern if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with regular physical activity. One food cannot make or break your diet, so foods should not be considered “good” or “bad.” Instead, the value of a food should be determined within the context of your total diet.

Follow the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate, and consult a registered dietitian to learn how to include your favorite foods as part of a healthful lifestyle.


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