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How Healthy Are Your Food Choices?

By Sara Butler

You probably think you’ve got this whole healthy eating thing covered. After all, your diet is full of vegetables, lean proteins, fruits, and whole grains. But even if you’re steering clear of the junk food aisle there are still some nutritional landmines you must steer clear of for good health. Here are a few of the best and worst foods you can buy.

Good: Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are some of the best foods you can buy. They’re low in calories and high in phytochemicals that help your cells to stay healthy. Kale, spinach, collard greens, romaine, and broccolini are just a few of the leafy greens you should buy. Aim for about two cups each week in your wraps, salads, or as a side dish.

Bad: Vegetables in a Can

OK, so could you could technically do worse than vegetables in a can. But in the realm of vegetables, canned vegetables are on the bottom of the health list. That’s because they’re often stripped of their most important nutrients, including fiber, when they’re canned. And they’re loaded with sodium.

A great alternative to canned vegetables is frozen vegetables. They’re as healthy as the fresh version because they’re flash-frozen at their peak. They’re not loaded with preservatives or sodium either, so you can eat them to your heart’s content.

Good: Plain Beans

Beans are inexpensive and they provide a ton of healthy vitamins and minerals your body needs to be healthy. They also happen to be a great source of protein. Don’t be afraid to add them to soups, salads, or even casseroles – they’re a tasty and healthy addition to just about anything. Go for chickpeas, black beans, pinto beans, or kidney beans -- any bean will do!

Bad: Baked Beans from a Can

Canned beans, especially baked beans, are packed with sugar and salt. If you really want baked beans, then make your own with a tomato-based sauce and some navy beans with just a touch of barbecue sauce. You’ll save yourself some calories.

Good: Avocado

Avocados are high in fat, but it’s the good kind of fat – monounsaturated. They’re also full of essential nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin B, potassium, and fiber. They have such a mild flavor you can add them to almost anything, from your morning smoothie to your lunch salad.

Bad: Fruit Drinks

Fruit drinks may look healthy, but they’re not. Even if the label says they’re made from “real juice,” it’s a ploy to get you to buy it as a health food. They’re really loaded with empty calories and sugar without the fiber you normally get from whole fruit.

So, how do your eating habits stack up? 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orlando, Fla.


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