Healthy Eating

A healthy diet helps pave the way to a healthy heart and blood vessels, strong bones and muscles, a sharp mind, and so much more.

Confused about what constitutes a healthy diet? You aren't alone. Over the years, what seemed to be flip flops from medical research combined with the flood of diet books and diet plans based on little or no science have muddied the water. But a consensus has emerged about the basics, which are really pretty simple.

An important take-home message is to focus on the types of foods you eat and your overall dietary pattern, instead of on individual nutrients such as fat, dietary cholesterol, or specific vitamins. There are no single nutrients or vitamins that can make you healthy. Instead, there is a short list of key food types that together can dramatically reduce your risk for heart disease.

Eat more of these foods: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and seafood, vegetable oils, beans, nuts, and seeds.

Eat less of these foods: whole milk and other full-fat dairy foods, red meat, processed meats, highly refined and processed grains and sugars, and sugary drinks.

Healthy Eating Articles

Boost your memory by eating right

  Diet can help or harm brain health. Eating foods loaded with saturated fat boosts unhealthy low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is bad for the heart and the brain. A Mediterranean-type diet, in contrast, can help preserve memory.   More »

Do you really need that diet soda?

People who drink diet soda are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. It probably isn't the soda itself- -people who drink diet soda may also be consuming other foods and drinks that contain lots of sweet but empty calories. (Locked) More »

Heavy coffee drinkers live longer

In a study of more than 400,000 men and women, those who drank six or more cups of coffee a day were 10% less likely to have died during the course of the study. (Locked) More »

Too much salt in your diet?

Nine out of 10 Americans consume too much salt each day. Much of it comes from surprising sources like breads and rolls, pizza, prepared sandwiches, and pasta dishes. (Locked) More »

Step up to better blood pressure

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is vital for good health. To stay in the healthy zone, or get back there, lock in the basics like exercising more and cutting back on sodium. If medication is needed, a combination may be best. More »