Q&A about the Healthy Eating Plate

Note: The Healthy Eating Plate was developed by Harvard Health Publishing and the Harvard School of Public Health's nutrition department as an alternative to MyPlate, the federal government's eating guide based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. Check out the Healthy Eating Plate at www.health.harvard.edu/plate/healthy-eating-plate. Send a question to health_letter@hms.harvard.edu.

Q. The Healthy Eating Plate says to eat small quantities of meat and to avoid bacon, cold cuts, and other processed meats. But what if you buy only very small quantities of good-quality ham or roast beef and therefore less unprocessed meat?

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