Balanced Diet

In nutritional terms, 60 to 65%of daily calories should come from carbohydrates, 15 to 20% from proteins, and 20 to 25% from fats. Rather than focusing on these percentages, it is easier to simply recognize that most of your food should come from grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy foods, and legumes, with minimal amounts of lean meats, fish, and skinless poultry. This combination of foods provides nutrients in the recommended percentages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently introduced the food guide pyramid to help make daily food choices.

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