Is Your Diet Unhealthy?
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Is Your Diet Unhealthy?

Cutting too many carbs, calories, or grams of fat in an effort to lose weight could shortchange you of crucial vitamins and minerals, according to research. Get the nutrition you need with these upgrades from Heather Mangieri, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

The Diet: Low Carb

You may be low in: Vitamin C, folic acid, and iron

How to get it: Nonstarchy vegetables, like spinach and broccoli (about 6 servings a day); fruits (about 3 servings); whole grains, such as cereal and bread (about 3 servings)

The Diet: Low Calorie

You may be low in: Vitamin E, thiamine, and magnesium

How to get it: Nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, cashews, and sunflower seeds (about 1 ounce a day); beans (1-2 servings); whole grains (3-5 servings)

The Diet: Low Fat

You may be low in: Vitamin E, vitamin B12, and zinc

How to get it: Reduced-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt (2-3 servings a day); beef, pork, and fatty fish, like salmon (2-3 servings); salad dressing (2 tablespoons)