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Essentials of Healthy Eating: A Guide

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  • Patrick J. Skerrett MA,

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      Patrick J. Skerrett, MA, Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02115. pjskerrett@med.harvard.edu
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    • Patrick J. Skerrett, MA, is Editor of the Harvard Heart Letter and is based in Boston, MA. He is a coauthor of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating and (with Jorge E. Chavarro, MD) The Fertility Diet.

  • Walter C. Willett MD, DrPH

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    • Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH, is the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. He is a coauthor of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating and (with Jorge E. Chavarro, MD) The Fertility Diet.


Patrick J. Skerrett, MA, Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck St., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02115. pjskerrett@med.harvard.edu

Abstract

Enough solid evidence now exists to offer women several fundamental strategies for healthy eating. They include emphasizing healthful unsaturated fats, whole grains, good protein “packages,” and fruits and vegetables; limiting consumption of trans and saturated fats, highly refined grains, and sugary beverages; and taking a multivitamin with folic acid and extra vitamin D as a nutritional safety net. A diet based on these principles is healthy through virtually all life stages, from young adulthood through planning for pregnancy, pregnancy, and on into old age.

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