Each year in March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics asks that we focus our attention on the importance of making informed food choices. The 2018 National Nutrition Month theme is “Go Further with Food” – a nutrition education and information campaign to raise awareness on eating real food to enjoy a healthy life.
Food IS Fuel
So consider this: the human body is a finely-tuned biological machine, capable of incredible feats of strength, intelligence, memory, powers of deduction, learning, balance – the list goes on. Like any finely-tuned machine, clean and constant fuel – in our case, food, in the form of protein, carbohydrates, good fats, vitamins, and minerals – needs to be readily available and ingested. If not, this machine will slow down, perform poorly and ultimately, stop running.
One Size Does NOT Fit All
Just as every person is unique, so are their dietary needs. Athletes, students, parents, vegetarians/vegans, people on the go – no matter your situation, everybody needs to eat right for their lifestyle. The key is finding a way to get nutrient-rich foods into your body. Whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, whole fruits and vegetables, and plenty of protein are common factors among all healthy diet plans.
Don’t Believe the Hype
Certain food and drink have been unfairly demonized. The truth is they can be very healthy. The key, however, is moderation.
- Coffee: This delicious brew is high in antioxidants. Studies also show that coffee drinkers live longer, and have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and numerous other diseases.
- Saturated Fat: Although it is true that saturated fat raises cholesterol, it also raises HDL (the “good”) cholesterol and changes the LDL from small to large, which is linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
- Eggs (including yolks): Whole eggs, also referred to as “nature’s multivitamin”, one of the most nutritious foods on the planet! Studies show that they have no effect on blood cholesterol in the majority of people, and the yolk is where almost all of the nutrients are found. Telling people to avoid consuming the yolk is among the worst pieces of advice in the history of nutrition.
Here’s to making healthy and nutritious choices when meal planning and at snack time. You’ll have more energy and be in a better mood because of it!
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