The Science of Nutrition: A Balanced Diet

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NutritionSpinach has amazing benefits — it can boost your immune system, reduce your risk of cancer, and support your heart.

Yet, eating mounds of spinach alone won’t do you very much good. In order to get the full nutritional value out of food, you have to be sure and eat a wide variety.

A balanced diet is the center of a healthy lifestyle plan. Each food group is important and adds a necessary element to your health.

All balanced diets should contain micronutrients, the vitamins and minerals your body needs, and macronutrients, the protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates you need to support your muscles, bones, immune system, weight loss, and more.

It may seem complicated, but here are a few simple suggestions to help you create a more complete diet:

  • Strive to eat lean proteins and at least one to two servings of fruits and vegetables with each meal.
  • Try to eat a colorful diet to ensure you are getting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Generally, more color means more nutrients.
  • Be sure to pack in plenty of fiber — it adds bulk to your food and helps you feel fuller longer. Fibergy® Plus is a great way to add fiber to your diet.
  • Focus on foods that won’t spike your blood sugar. USANA® Foods, such as Nutrimeal™ or Nutrition Bars™, are a great option as they have been clinically proven to be low glycemic.
  • Add in a high-quality multivitamin/multi-mineral supplement, such as the USANA Essentials™, to ensure your daily nutritional needs are met.

For more tips on balancing your diet, check out this video from USANA’s own Dr. Brian Dixon, director of new product innovations, and John Bosse, senior scientist of product innovation:

If you are unable to view this video, please visit the USANA YouTube channel.

Adjust your meal planning to make vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins the staples of your healthy diet and remember to mix it up, keep it colorful, and make low-glycemic choices.

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared on USANAToday.com

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