"Real food is simple. Fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans are all real food, in my book. Real food is minimally processed and doesn't contain strange or unfamiliar ingredients. Natural sweeteners, coffee, chocolate and wine count, too-just enjoy them in moderation!"
Elle Penner, MPH, RD, MyFitnessPal Senior Registered Dietitian
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Nanette S., MyFitnessPal User
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Trinh Le, MPH, RD, MyFitnessPal Registered Dietitian