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What To Eat And Why: Online Guides Helping You Eat Healthy

The Healthy Eating Plate created by experts at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult, and there are a number of guides available online that do the simplifying for you.


Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition Source is a massive wealth of nutritional information, part of which is What Should I Eat? What Should I Eat? breaks healthy eating down into ten very simple tips like “choose good carbs, not no carbs” and “choose healthy fats, limit saturated fat, and avoid trans fat.” Each tip provides links to learn more about its topic, and each topic page provides its own “5 Quick Tips.” For example, maybe you’re concerned about high blood pressure and want to reduce your sodium intake – there’s “5 Quick Tips” for that. Nutrition Source also provides their own plate division model, an A to Z nutrition guide and a recipe database.

Don’t know quite what to do with kale, or why you should do anything with it at all? CDC’s Fruit and Veggies Matter offers information on the particular nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables, but also has a tool that allows you to search their recipe collection by a specific fruit or vegetable and tips for stretching your produce dollar.


  1. 2011 NH State Health Profile, NH DHHS, Division of Public Health Services www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/documents/2011statehealthprofile.pdf

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