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Asthma: Nutrition Management

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This information was reviewed and approved by David Tinkelman, MD (3/31/2012).

An important part of a healthy lifestyle is good nutrition. Good nutrition involves choosing healthy foods that can work to heal and repair your body and make it stronger against disease. We will explore eating healthy and give you practical suggestions for good nutrition.


General Nutrition Tips

In order to educate Americans about healthy eating, the USDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services have replaced the Food Guide Pyramid. The new symbol, called "MyPlate," helps people think about building a healthy plate at every meal. It emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy groups as well as staying active through physical activity. Learn more about MyPlate.

Here are some additional tips:

Include a variety of foods in your diet. Each of the food groups provides nutrients that are important to you, and foods in one group can't replace those in another. Try to include each of the food groups in your daily diet.

Choose a variety of foods within each food group and eat small amounts of fats, oils and sweets.

Talk with your doctor or dietitian about your specific nutritional needs. Eating a healthy diet can help you feel and breathe better.

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