If you walk through the supermarket and wonder which foods are healthy or unhealthy, do not feel alone. Good nutrition takes some organization, and you may be getting conflicting information. The next few paragraphs will put some aspects of nutrition into better perspective.
Remember that portions are extremely important. To make sure you are eating the correct portion sizes, fill up your plate with the healthiest foods first and then the least healthy. It also helps to eat the foods on your plate in the same order.
Vitamin B12 is an important part of a healthy diet. It plays a role in releasing energy from the fat, carbohydrates and protein that you eat. Vitamin B12 also helps in the formation of blood cells, nervous system maintenance and bone metabolism. You can find this vitamin in dairy products, eggs, fish, meat and poultry.
Limit processed foods. Prepackaged meals and processed foods often contain unhealthy chemicals to retain freshness and are loaded with extra fat and refined sugars to make them taste good. These types of foods are not nutritious and can actually be harmful to your body, so should be eaten only in moderation.
Look at the ingredients in the food you eat. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy it. Sticking to foods whose ingredients you can pronounce means that you will be eating in a much healthier way. Those other foods are loaded with preservatives and other things that do not help your body.
Think sesame seeds are only good for garnishing hamburger buns? Think again! Sesame is full of essential nutrients like calcium, iron, and vitamins E and B1. It also contains antioxidants. Hummus is a delicious way to consume sesame, while also getting protein from the chickpeas in it. Spread it on some pita and enjoy a tasty and healthy snack.
People who are nutritionally aware have made an effort to reduce or eliminate hydrogenated fats in their diet. Studies have shown the dangers of hydrogenated fats, found most commonly in margarine, peanut butter, and bakery products. Hydrogenation increases the shelf life of products, but it “gums up” our bodily systems.
Vitamins play a very important role in our life. Some of them can be synthesized by our body, but most of them should be included in our daily food. It is a good practice to eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, soy, whole grain bakery products, nuts and beans. Without these building blocks we become sick.
Good nutrition can be the answer to managing some bothersome digestive health problems. Fiber is essential for digestive health and can be added to the diet to relieve constipation. Careful preparation of beans can avoid the gas commonly associated with this high fiber ingredient. For diarrhea, try small amounts of nuts or nut butters.
If you find nutrition interesting, there are magazines, internet articles, and books that will fill in the blanks as questions arise. Research is the way to start learning what you need to know. Anyone can benefit from a bit of nutritional information while making food choices.