Healthy Food For a Healthier You

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Healthy food is a diet that contributes to overall physical well being. In essence, a healthy diet provides your body with all the necessary nutrients: macronutrients, minerals, and essential food energy. A well-balanced diet will provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. This includes a proper amount of proteins, carbohydrates, fiber, fatty acids, vitamins, and other nutrients which are essential to the good health of our bodies.

Many of us tend to overindulge in fast foods and processed foods. This often leads to nutritional deficiencies that can have a wide range of serious health consequences. The American Dietary Association (ADA) defines healthy eating as eating foods that are nutrient-dense and can be found in their natural state. In other words, they are wholesome. In recent years, the focus has been more on healthy eating and healthy food advertising. It’s important that you choose healthy foods that are low in calories. Many of the less healthy foods high in calories are not really healthy at all but contain the calories in a different form. For example, while refined flour is naturally high in calories, it also has little nutrient content. Whole wheat breads and cereals are a better choice for containing nutrients.

The main problem with most Americans is that they eat too much fast food, processed food, junk foods, and other unhealthy foods. The solution to this problem is to add more healthy food into your diet. For instance, instead of eating a brown rice casserole with 2 slices of meat and 2 cups of vegetable juice, try making a bowl of pasta with spaghetti sauce, one slice of lean meat, some skim milk, and two cups of vegetable juice. Or, instead of eating a chocolate chip cookie topped with butter, try baking a peanut butter cookie with organic semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips instead. You can also make an easy meal of baked sweet potatoes, whole grain bread, and some skim milk. Instead of eating lots of sugary sweets, add more healthy snacks to your diet. Some of the best healthy snacks are unsweetened yogurt, raw nuts, fresh fruit, crackers with low-fat margarine, non-fat yogurt, and some carrots. You can also have some low-fat or low-calorie crackers to snack on. Instead of eating lots of fried foods, swap fried foods for some grilled foods, such as steaks. This way, your diet will stay on track and your weight will start to drop.

Your sodium intake should be reduced as well. You should try to limit your salt intake as much as possible since sodium is often added to many food items to help improve the taste, texture, and/or health of the product. One good way to do this is to buy food that is labeled “no-salt” and avoid the ones that are “low-sodium”. Of course, you should never skimp on your sodium intake because too much salt can lead to other health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes. You can choose to cut back on your salt intake by following a few of the tips above.