Many of us search for a fountain of youth, a perfect slender figure, and good health—all based on the food we eat. Maintaining a lifetime of healthy nutrition is among the important things we can do to improve and preserve our health. An optimized pattern of nutrition can help avoid cardiovascular disease (CVD), prevent obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers. Yet eating a healthy diet is a health-supporting behavior that is probably the least likely among Americans and others in wealthy countries, and overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions.

The typical American diet, the TAD, is not healthy. It contains too much saturated fat, red meat, refined grains, sodium (salt), added sugars, processed food, and too many calories. Americans don’t eat enough fruit, vegetables, and whole unprocessed or minimally processed plant-based foods. Our unhealthy diet is an important reason that high blood cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and obesity are common among people in the U.S. These are the unhealthy conditions that contribute to the noncommunicable diseases that are the leading causes of disability and death in the U.S.: heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.

A word of warning: Anyone taking medication or with a health problem should obtain medical advice and supervision when changing their diet.

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