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Health Information For Kids
Looking for an easy way to eat healthier? The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) suggests we use Go, Slow, and Whoa as a way to think about food.
Think of the healthiest foods as “go” foods. These are foods like steamed or raw veggies and skim or low-fat milk that are good to eat almost anytime.
Foods that are OK to eat sometimes are “slow” foods. Foods like hamburgers or pancakes aren’t off limits — but they shouldn’t be eaten every day. At most, you’ll want to eat these foods just a couple of times a week.
Some foods should make you stop, think, and say, “Whoa! Should I eat that?” These foods are the least healthy. They are the most likely to cause weight problems, especially if a person eats them all the time. “Whoa!” foods are once-in-a-while foods, like French fries or ice cream.
Eat these almost anytime:
Eat these sometimes:
Eat these once in a while:
Source: U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
*Vegetable and olive oils that have no saturated or trans fats and can be eaten daily, but in limited portions to meet daily calorie needs.
MyPlate is designed to make it easier to understand healthy eating.
Lunch is a great part of the school day. Find out why what you eat can rev you up – or slow you down – for the afternoon ahead.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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