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Dietary recommendations and tips for healthy eating are included to help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

What is healthy eating? It's eating the types and amounts of foods that promote the best possible health for you within the limits of your environmental and genetic makeup. Healthy eating can help you maintain a desirable weight. It helps reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, and obesity.

As we do more scientific studies on healthy eating, the recommendations may be refined. It pays to be alert to new, well-documented information about what constitutes healthy eating.

The National Research Council's Committee on Diet and Health has made dietary recommendations that appear below and are directed to healthy adults and children. They contain suggestions for choosing foods that help meet their recommendations.

Knowing about healthy eating is not enough. You must practice it everyday, and that takes planning. The recommendations in this NebGuide are for the general public. When medical problems arise, you must get advice from your doctor. For specific dietary counseling you may want to ask your doctor to refer you to a registered dietitian or a nutritionist certified by the state.