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Essential Nutrients You Should Be Eating

Essential Nutrients You Should Be Eating

Find out what they are and their best sources—food or supplements.

Are you getting the nutrients you need? If you are striving for a balanced diet based on the USDA’s MyPlate model (whole grains, lean proteins and lots of veggies), you likely are. Still, there are instances when even the healthiest eater should consider taking a vitamin or mineral in supplement form. Listed here are the nutrients we need (and may not be getting enough of) and their best sources: food or supplements. (Be sure to consult your health-care provider before deciding to take any nutritional supplements.)

—Nicci Micco, M.S.

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