My Plate Directory
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.
How to Read the Nutrition Facts Label on Packaged Foods
The Nutrition Facts food label comes in handy when you are eating to help manage conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Find out what the numbers mean.
Health & Diet: Get More Information
WebMD provides resources for learning about diet and nutrition.
How to Eat Healthy for Weight Loss
Information on how a healthy diet can help you lose weight.
Review of ‘Naturally Thin’ Diet by Bethenny Frankel
WebMD reviews the pros and cons of the Naturally Thin diet, which does away with calorie tracking.
10 Foods You and Your Grandkids Should Eat
Be a role model for your grandkids: Smart food choices will boost their health for life.
The Diet Power of the Pyramid
The real secret to safe, effective, and nutritionally sensible ways to lose weight can be found in the power of the pyramid.
4 Healthy Meal Plans for Weight Loss
By filling your plate with foods loaded with nutrients but low in calories, you'll get all the fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals you need -- and still keep calories under control.
Teaching Kids About Food Labels
Want your kids to make healthy food choices? Turn them into food dectectives.
WebMD Town Hall: Making Healthy Meals Affordable at Home
Oftentimes, nutritious food can cost more than junk food. How do you make meals at home affordable? First lady Michelle Obama and WebMD experts offer suggestions.
Calorie Counts and Menu Labeling
Learn about how calorie counts and menu labeling affects food choices.
Slideshows & Images
Secrets of Healthy Eating and Portion Control
Practicing portion control can help you lose weight and eat a healthy diet. But how much is too much? Use this pictorial guide to gauge serving sizes.
Food Cravings That Wreck Your Diet
Dreaming of something creamy or crunchy, sweet or salty? Food cravings are a risk to your waistline. Check out our slideshow for better choices.
Sources of Salt and How to Cut Back
Watching your sodium? Here are the foods to look out for and what you can eat instead.
Grocery Smarts: Fat Foods, Fit Foods
A healthy diet starts at the grocery store. View this WebMD slideshow to see fat foods to avoid, and fit foods to choose.