Important Nutrients to Know



Your body needs nutrients to survive and stay healthy. There are five main types—proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, and water. What does each of these nutrients do in your body? What foods are they found in?

MyPlate for Older Adults
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The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, present a general outline for a healthy diet. But, as you age, some foods may be better than others for staying healthy and reducing your chance of illness.

What's On Your Plate? is based on the nutrition recommendations for older adults in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).