A well-balanced diet benefits everyone - but eating in moderation from all five food groups is especially important for individuals with special dietary needs, nutrition experts say.
Whether you're trying to lose weight or watching what you eat because of health conditions such as high cholesterol and osteoporosis, your body will benefit from a diet rich in the fiber and nutrients found in certain meats, vegetables, fruits, breads and dairy products, says Tammy Thornton, registered dietitian with the Washington County Health Department.
You can even get away with a little fat and sugar if you eat a well-balanced diet, she says.
"Whenever you talk about total restriction, because we're all human, we try to rebel. Moderation is the key. I think that's much easier to live with," Thornton says. "There are fats that are healthy for our bodies."