Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins , carbohydrates , fats , vitamins , minerals and water . Learning to eat nutritiously is not hard. The key is to Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products Eat lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and low-fat dairy products Drink lots of water Go easy on the salt , sugar, alcohol, saturated fat and trans fat Saturated fats are usually fats that come from animals. Look for trans fat on the labels of processed foods, margarines and shortenings.