Nutrition and Diet / Nutrición y Dieta
Nutrition is the science of food and its relation to human consumption as well as health1. Nutrients in food allow for the maintenance, growth, and repair of the body; any excesses, imbalances, or inefficient amounts of nutrients in the body are likely to cause negative health implications1. Diet, then, is the food that we consume and the components of a healthy, nutritious diet include: adequacy, balance, calorie control, moderation, and variety1. It is also recommended that people eat foods high in nutrient density, meaning there are more nutrients for the amount of calories consumed1. My Pyramid, through the USDA, offers a guide for eating healthy and this guide includes exercise2. The amount of servings for each category for an individual varies, but emphasis is on the consumption of grains, vegetables, fruits, and milk with less on meat and beans and sparingly on oils2. Acquired diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, can often be associated with lifestyle behaviors and diet1. Nutrition and Diet / Nutrición y Dieta Translation Needed

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1. Sizer, F., & Whitne, E. (2008) Nutrition: Concepts and controversies, 11th ed. (United States: Thomson Wadsworth).
2. United States Department of Agriculture (2009) My Pyramid. Available at (accessed August 2009).

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