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WebMD has teamed up with the USDA to help Americans make healthier food decisions. Whether you are preparing a meal at home or ordering from a menu, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting salt, unhealthy fats, fast food, and refined grains in favor of whole grains, lean protein, and healthy cooking oils. The USDA's "MyPlate" campaign emphasizes natural food choices from five main groups: grains, protein, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. The first goal of healthy meal planning is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Read on for more practical tips to balance your plate with nutritious foods.

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