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These 5 steps should be the major and most important ones you and your family follow for better health.

Major food-related health risks:
1. Not getting enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for individualized serving recommendations for these groups and the milk and meat categories.
2. Eating too many fatty processed foods that contain too much fat, saturated fat, trans-fat and cholesterol. Visit health.gov/DietaryGuidelines/ for more information on fat intake.
3. Eating too much refined sugar and starch foods with little fiber. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories every day. These foods usually displace fiber-rich foods in the diet.
4. Eating too much salt found in many processed foods and restaurant meals. Visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov and search on DASH diet to find out more about sodium intake and a heart healthy diet. Most people eat twice as much as what they should.
5. Food poisoning and infections  - avoid these by washing your hands often and using safe food handling practices. Visit www.fightbac.org for more information on food safety.

Don’t forget about physical activity - for more information, visit the new guidelines here:

Fruits & Veggies More Matters
The “Fruit and Veggies More Matters” slogan of Produce for Better Health Foundation has replaced the 5-A-Day Program to help individuals increase consumption of fruits and vegetables to 5 or more servings per day to improve the health of Americans.
You will find wonderful tips, recipes and interesting research articles about fruits and vegetables on these websites. Visit:

  • www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
  • www.nhlbi.nih.gov/chd/Tipsheets/fruitvege.htm
  • www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov
  • www.choosemyplategov

Minimal or minor food-related health risks
- Pesticide residues in food
- Mercury, PCB, other contaminants
- MSG, artificial flavors & colors, preservatives
- Mad Cow Disease
- Microwaving, irradiating foods

For more information on these issues and more, visit:


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