Just like a car needs fuel to run, the human body requires food and water to move, think, breathe, and do all the things it was meant to do. Also like a car, your body is a complex machine with different parts that all work together. To run well, it needs proper care. Eating a balanced diet can help you avoid developing a chronic illness—or manage your symptoms if you’re living with an illness.
You can’t control all your risk factors for chronic illness. For instance, your family history can make you predisposed to some of the same conditions as your parents. But what you eat also matters when it comes to the following conditions:
When planning meals, try to follow the “MyPlate” guidelines. Each of your meals should consist of:
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Sometimes food makers will use alternative names for less healthy ingredients like salt, sugar, or fat.