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  • Basic healthy-eating principles from the Mayo Clinic make it easy to know which foods to emphasize in your diet and which to limit
  • What do terms such as "net carb", "total carb", "carb wise", and "carb fit" mean? A Mayo Clinic expert answers common questions about carbs and low-carb diets.
  • "This fact sheet can help you make an informed decision about joining a program."
  • A chart comparing the basic elements of popular weight-loss diets, their premises and what critics are saying about each. Plus, a sample dinner from each plan.
  • Use this interactive website, created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, to create a heart healthy diet plan.
  • From the Mayo Clinic, this interactive tool calculates the number of calories you need each day to maintain your weight.
  • Once only used in reference to diets for diabetes, now many popular diets have incorporated this concept into their meal plans. This article explains what the GI is as well as its limitations.
  • Blood pressure can be lowered by following the DASH Eating Plan and reducing the amount of sodium you eat. This fact sheet tells about high blood pressure and how to follow this diet.
  • A critical look at the new Food Pyramid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Presents the USDA model as well as the "Healthy Eating Pyramid" created by Walter C. Willett, MD, of the Harvard School of Public Health.

  • This website contains heart healthy recipes, provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.Please note that the recipes are available for downloading and viewing in PDF format only.
  • Information on mediterranean-style diets from the American Heart Association.
  • An online dietary assessment tool that provides information on your diet quality, related nutrition messages and links to nutrient information. Developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
  • This slide show from the Mayo Clinic takes a look at the recommended serving sizes and allows the user to see how the sizes of your food portions measure up.
  • From the Harvard School of Public Health, this article provides tips on how to decipher and evaluate media stories on diet.
  • "Find out what you need to know about a plant-based diet and how you can meet your daily nutritional needs."