What Everyone Should Know About Nutrition
By Sara Butler
Information is constantly changing when it comes to nutrition. Just a few years ago it was thought that butter would clog up your arteries faster than an interstate clogs up on a Monday morning, but now butter has been found to actually be healthier for you than the butter alternatives. The point is, when it comes to nutrition many things come and go, but there are ideas that stand the test of time. Here are a few of the tried and true facts about nutrition you should keep stored away in your mental file cabinet.
Fad Diets Don’t Work
OK -- fad diets will work, but only in the short term. If you’re looking to reach and maintain a healthy weight the only way to really achieve it is through eating a balanced and healthy diet along with exercise. If your diet eliminates entire food groups or is incredibly strict you will probably lose some weight at the start, but these fads can be difficult to stick to in the long-term and when you start eating like a normal human the weight will inevitably come right back.
Fiber is Your Friend
It may not be a surprise that the average person simply doesn’t get enough fiber. Fiber is needed to help keep you feel fuller for longer and to keep your digestive system healthy – it can even help to regulate cholesterol. You can add some fiber to your diet through eating vegetables, fruits (with skin on), whole grains and legumes.
You Need More Fruits and Vegetables
Speaking of fruits and vegetables, Americans don’t get enough of them either. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and low in calories, plus they supply your body with important vitamins and minerals it needs to function correctly. You can sneak more of these things into your diet by eating salads (with a sensible, low-calorie dressing), and snacking on raw veggies and fruit instead of chips!
Nutritional Labels on Food Can Mislead You
Any food that is processed and packaged must have a nutrition facts label on it. This information is meant to help you decide if you really want to eat the food or not. Where they can be a bit misleading is in the serving size. Quite often, one package of a food contains several servings. If you don’t note how many servings are contained in one package you could be consuming a lot more calories, fat, and carbohydrates than you bargained for.