More and more people are getting interested in nutrition. Nutrition still has a lot of unknown aspects. Studies are being done every day and every year to unravel all the pieces that make up the nutrition puzzle. The results are interesting to read and learn.
Read the labels of prepared foods carefully. Remember that marketing claims like “reduced-fat” mean little about the overall healthiness of a product’s ingredients. If you are trying to lose weight, avoid eating over-processed foods. A label needs to have ingredients you can read. If you cannot understand more than a few ingredients on its label, avoid buying the item of food.
Many high processed foods have a lot of trans fat, and that is what you need to stay away from. Diets heavy in trans-fats make you more susceptible to heart disease. There is good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). Trans fats increase the level of LDL in your body.
If you have a sweet tooth, or want to binge on potato chips, it is an addiction you must beat if you wish to be healthier. Eating junk food for a long time creates a bad habit that is difficult to break. Even long after a change to healthier foods, the cravings and yearning for junk foods can linger. If you can see the cravings, then you must fight them with a strong spirit, desiring those healthier choices.
Oatmeal is a great healthy breakfast option, and will start your day on the right foot. The whole grains in oatmeal will make you feel full as you start your day.
Make sure you’re getting the proper intake of vitamin B-12 to ensure your body will produce the right amount of red blood cells. Vegetarians and seniors are often deficient in this important vitamin. Additionally, people who have anemia do not usually get enough B12 from their diets. There are supplements; however, most cereals for breakfast will increase your supply of B-12.
Enjoy a homemade fruit smoothie. Try to stay away from the do it yourself products sold in stores as these are often all hype and not nutritious or healthy due to high calories. You are in control when you make it yourself. That way you can really have it fit into your diet. A good healthy smoothie that is low in calories can be made from skim milk, bananas, fresh fruit, Greek Yogurt and ice.
People need to realize that highly milled grains are not as nutritious as their natural counterparts. The hulls or husks of these grains contain most of the fiber and nutrients, so eliminating them makes the product less nutritious. Eating unprocessed grains can save you money on costly fiber supplements, and provide you a nutritional boost as well. Of course it doesn’t!
It’s often said that processed grains taste much better than whole grains. Using white flour is more efficient for some baked goods. Whole grains can help your digestive system, and have an overall better taste than grains that have been over-milled.
If you really need a pick-me-up, make some pureed fruit. You can spread this puree on pita bread or dip unsalted pretzels in it. Try this with different kinds of fruits and prepare a different snack each time to keep things interesting.
Do not place a lot of emphasis on dessert. Just eat dessert two or three nights a week as a special treat.
In conclusion, nutrition is a topic which changes constantly, as more studies are done and more information comes available. The more you know, the healthier your body will be. Follow the suggestions from those studies for optimal health.