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Childhood Obesity & Healthy Eating - Sheena Kamra, MD | #UCLAMDCHAT

Grains, beans, and nuts Peanuts Peanuts and other nuts can lower your risk of heart disease by 20 percent. One ounce contains 166 calories, 14 grams of fat, and over 2 grams of fiber. Pinto beans A half cut of pinto beans offers more than 25 percent of your daily folate requirement, which protects you against heart disease. 3. Avoid a lot of sugar Drinks that contain sugar are a major source of empty energy. What this means, is that the drinks contain a lot of energy that your body may not need, and it doesn't contain any vitamins or minerals. If you plan to drink sugary drinks, don't go overboard - limit yourself to 1 a day. The fat content of foods are now available through the nutrition label and through brochures distributed by food companies and even fast food restaurants. You can use this information on nutrition to choose lower fat foods by comparing products and food brands. Once you have a rough idea of what a healthy intake of fat is, you'll know what you can and what you can't have. If you like the more popular foods, you probably need to increase your intake of fiber. 4. Grains offer the most fiber. Dietary fiber is actually plant matter that we cannot digest. The best sources are whole grains and concentrated grain products. 5. Kids need fiber as well. Children that are older than 2 years of age should consume a daily intake of fiber. Eating Healthy For Vegetarians The vegetarian way of eating can be a very healthy style of eating. The rules still apply with healthy eating, although you should add variety, balance, and moderation. A vegetarian is someone who avoids all types of meat, whether it be hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, or even fish. During holiday parties and at family dinners, feel free to sample foods although you shouldn't splurge. Decide on what you plan to eat in advance, then stick to your plan. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, low fat dressings, and slices of lean meats. Before you go to a party, eat a small snack to help curb your appetite. 

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