Latino family at the dinner table for meal, El Cerrito, San Miguel County, New Mexico, ca. 1941
Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, photo no. 83-G-37831
Choose My Plate en Español
Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture
To a great extent, food for Latino families is a social event, and is integral to many celebrations. But the recent influence of fast food, easy microwavable meals, and high-fat ingredients makes it difficult to reinforce healthy eating routines.
Healthy eating campaigns are helping Latino families celebrate cultural foods, as well as understand and address these issues.
Healthy eating recipes are widely available, such as Platillos Latinos ¡Sabrosos y Saludables! (Delicious Heart Healthy Latino Recipes) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
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