Food and Nutrition Facts

Food and nutrition facts help you decipher a plethora of diet advice. If you're considering a dietary change, these articles can help guide you to the right foods.

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Good nutrition is key to any weight loss plan. Learn to use the USDA Food Pyramid and nutrition labels to pick from the different food groups, and to select portions that are right for you.

By Gayle A. Alleman

The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend eating fewer sweets to reduce calorie intake, ensure adequate vitamin and mineral intake, and control weight. Eating foods with added sugar typically crowds out more nutrient-dense foods. Learn more.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend making vegetables a major component of your eating pattern. Why? Because veggies make it easy to eat fewer calories, manage your weight, and decrease your risk of chronic conditions. Learn more.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.


Yogurt has much to offer in the health department. It's an excellent source of bone-building calcium, helps boost the immune system, and relieves diarrhea. Learn the health benefits of yogurt.

By Betsy Hornick & Eric Yarnell

You've probably heard the hype: Antioxidants can make you look and feel younger! Some hopeful folks even believe antioxidants will lower the threat of disease. Can there be any truth to this? Learn what an antioxidant actually is.

By Robin Brett Parnes

"Healthy" chocolate cereals aren't being marketed to the kids you might expect. Why are grown-ups the big new target market for desperate cereal companies?

By Sarah Gleim

Daily calorie needs vary significantly from person to person. Learn how to calculate the number that’s right for your body.