What You Will Learn
Discover the basics of nutrition—all based on expert health information from the National Library of Medicine.
Get answers to common questions asked about nutrition.
- What is basic food nutrition?
- What are the 6 main nutrients in food?
- What are the 4 keys to healthy eating?
- What are saturated fats and trans fat?
Nutrition Explained From the Experts Video
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What Is Basic Food Nutrition?
Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy.
What Are the 6 Main Nutrients in Food?
What Are the 4 Keys to Healthy Eating?
The National Institutes of Health says that healthy eating is not hard. The key to healthy eating is to:
- Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products
- Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products
- Drink lots of water
- Limit salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans fat in your diet
What Are Saturated Fats and Trans Fat?
Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines, and shortenings.
The NASH Facts™ Project would like to thank MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative health information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
The primary NIH organization for research on Nutrition is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
What You Should Remember
- The 4 keys to nutrition and healthy eating are:
—Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products
—Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and low-fat dairy products
—Drink lots of water
—Limit salt, sugar, alcohol, saturated fat, and trans fat in your diet