Health Matters

Choosing The Right Diet For You

Guest: Dr. Brian Reed

A New Year is a new opportunity to focus on health and a great time to choose a healthy diet for you. Dr. Brian Reed, Chair of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine has some advice.

“There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a diet. I typically recommend a balanced diet that closely resembles the USDA's Healthy Plate.”

  • At each meal, half of your plate should be comprised of fruits and vegetables.
  • Add color to your plate with green leafy vegetables, colored peppers, carrots, onions and other produce.
  • Remember potatoes and corn are starches and don't count as vegetables.
  • The remainder of the plate should be filled with lean proteins and whole grains.
  • Wheat and oatmeal are preferred over highly processed grains like white bread and chips.
  • Your primary drink should be water rather than sugary drinks like juices.

“A healthier diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers and improve your quality of life.”

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