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What contributions do meats and milk products make to the day's fiber total? What advice about fiber would you give to someone who emphasizes meat and milk products at each meal? How would you tell him or her to change his or her diet? What foods would you tell him or her to include in his or her diet?

Why is your protein intake within a recommended range important? What are the effects of too much protein? What happens if you consistently eat too little protein?

If you chose to drink fruit juice instead of to eat whole fruit, what would happen to the fiber content of your diet? If you chose to drink purchased fruit juice instead of to eat whole fruit, what would happen to the calorie content of your diet?

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What contributions do meats and milk products make to the day's fiber total?
Meats and milk products do not have fibre content. They are deficient of fibres. Only a few meat products have very low fibre content ranging from 0.3 to 1.3 g/100 g.

What advice about fiber would you give to someone who emphasizes meat and milk products at each meal?
It usually contains the recommended amount of fibre intake of 10 gm crude fibre or 50 - 60 gm of total fibre per day. Therefore, people should not depend totally on meat and milk products. They should include cereals, pulses, fruits, and nuts in their diet.

How would you tell him or her to change his or her diet?
It would be advised to limit use of meat products to no more than one serving of one of these per week and add cereals, pulses, fruits etc in his diet.

What foods would you tell him or her to include in his or her diet?
The person should include meatless meals in his diet including skim milk, cereals, pulses, fruits, nuts etc.

|The following points should be considered:
1. Choose low-fat and reduced fat ...

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