Grains are the seeds of food plants, particularly grasses. They are carbohydrates that are rich in nutrients. Learn about the types of grains and their place in a healthy diet.
Fruits and Veggies (05:09)
Fruits are the parts of a plant that contain the seeds; vegetables do not contain seeds. These foods are low in calories, but high in nutrients. Diets high in fruits and vegetables provide a number of health benefits.
Nuts, Seeds, Beans, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, and Red Meat (10:12)
Proteins consist of amino acids, and can be found in animal and plant sources. The body needs a full set of amino acids, which can be obtained from a single source or combinations of sources. Learn different protein sources and their properties.
Dairy and Calcium (03:29)
Dairy products are foods made from the milk of an animal and are excellent sources of calcium and protein. Learn about the importance of calcium and the role of dairy in a healthy diet.
Sugar, Salt, Oil and Alcohol (06:29)
Most Americans have too much sugar and salt in their diets. Review types of sugars and how to maintain a healthy intake of salt and sugar. Vegetable oils are liquid fats extracted from vegetables, and a source of unsaturated fats. Alcohol acts like poison and can cause major health problems if abused.
Food Geometry (06:39)
The food pyramid is an educational tool first developed by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1992. It was eventually improved and replaced by MyPlate in 2011 to provide nutritional guidance. It is important to know where your nutritional information is coming from.
Credits: The Food Spectrum (00:11)
Credits: The Food Spectrum
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