All our lives we are told to \u201ceat this, not that\u201d without giving much thought as to why. A diet is an ever-changing thing and it varies from person to person. Here, we\u2019ll explain why some foods may better fit into your meal plan.\n\nChicken or red meat? \u2013 Both chicken and red meat are good sources of protein, B vitamins and iron.\u00a0\u00a0 Skinless white meat chicken is lower in saturated fat than most cuts of beef.\u00a0To keep the fat content low avoid adding excessive fat when cooking, such as frying.\nWhole grain bread or white? \u2013 Whole grains are a great source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Whole grain is made up of three parts: the bran, the germ and the endosperm which are packed with nutrients. Processed\u00a0or refined grains found in white bread have removed some of these nutrient rich parts of the grain.\u00a0Studies have shown that consuming whole grains may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes and may also help with weight management.\nSolid fruit or Fruit smoothie? \u2013 Both solid fruit and smoothies\u00a0are a way to ensure a recommended daily value of fruits packed with nutrients.\u00a0Eating solid fruit may help you to feel fuller because beverages high in water do not last as long in the stomach. Fruit smoothies may contain multiple servings of fruit and added sugars that can be high in calories and absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.\u00a0Smoothies may not be a good choice for daily use for those with blood sugar concerns or those trying to loose or maintain their weight.\n\u00a0Fresh, frozen or canned vegetables? \u2013 Vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fiber.\u00a0Vegetables are highest in nutrients when they are fresh picked from the garden or purchased at a local farmers market.\u00a0Choose fresh vegetables that are in season and local to prevent nutrient losses that occur during prolonged shipping.\u00a0Frozen and canned vegetables are good alternatives when local produce is not available. They are picked at their peak of ripeness and packaged quickly to preserve freshness.\u00a0Canned vegetables may be higher in sodium. This can be reduced by rinsing or choosing low sodium varieties.\n\nNext time you\u2019re shopping, try to choose healthy foods that best meet your nutritional needs!