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What should a 51-year-old man eat? Do you have a nutritional table? How much protein, fat, carbohydrates?

The amount you should eat in a day varies depending upon your current weight, height and activity level. A typical healthy diet should consist of:

50 percent carbohydrates
20 percent protein
30 percent fat

But this can vary, also, per individual. A person on a 2,000-calorie diet may be looking at having:

10 servings of starches
6 servings of fruits
2 servings of milk
6 ounces of meat/meat substitutes
4 fat servings

A serving size could be:

one slice of bread
one small apple
one cup milk
one ounce of cheese
one teaspoon of margarine

This is very basic, and any meal plan should be individualized to your respective needs. I recommend you consult individually with a registered dietitian. I can provide you with a nutritional table, but believe you would benefit more from personalized information from a professional who knows more about your history.

The BJC HealthCare website lists all nutrition counseling services available throughout the system. There is a fee for these professional services. Your insurance may cover part or all of the cost.

Nutrition counseling services are available at:

BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

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