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Expert Answer: How often should I be eating throughout the day?

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April 13, 2012

This week's Expert Answer is from Nancy Schive, dietitian for McFarland Clinic in Marshalltown, IA.

How often should I be eating throughout the day?

There does not appear to be a set rule as to how often a person should eat.  Three meals, six small meals, frequent grazing throughout the day, etc. - what really matters is what and how much are eaten at those times and is it within the person's calorie recommendations.  Strive for healthy food choices, include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat/fat-free dairy products and lean protein.  Limit sugary and high-fat food items.  For more information on a healthy eating plan - www.choosemyplate.gov.

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