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Healthy Diet Basics

America's love for fats and refined flour

Most Americans eat very little from the fruit and vegetable group.

Instead, it is no secret we consume too many simple carbohydrates and processed foods.

Restaurants make it very easy to grab something to curb hunger, but they do very little to feed the body nutrient dense food.

Restaurant menu's are full of fats, refined flour and sugars, and usually come with a super-sized glass of soda.

HEALTHY TIPS FOR THE DAY

In order to fulfill the body’s nutritional needs, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains are required. Vegetables, fruits and whole (unrefined) grains provide excellent sources of fiber and are well documented to improve glycemic control, as well as, lowering cholesterol and triglycerides.

It has been reported that simply taking “fiber supplements” is not nearly as effective as actually consuming vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Vegetables are best if raw or lightly steamed. Fruits should also be fresh and not canned. Canned fruits are packed in sugar water, which add calories and raise your insulin levels.

To get your day's supply of anti-oxidants, it is best to consume at least 5 different colors of vegetables or fruits a day.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Cauliflower are important vegetables that fight cancer.

According to Nutr Rev 1998, cruciferous vegetables are low in fat and high in fiber, minerals, and micronutrients such as folic acid, selenium, and vitamins A, C, and E. In addition, cruciferous vegetables contain various phytochemicals, which have been shown to detoxify and protect against carcinogens—various chemicals known or believed to cause cancer in humans. Researchers have suggested that broccoli sprouts contain 10 to 100 times the amount of the phytochemicals necessary for detoxification. In addition, these phytochemicals have been shown to inhibit tumor growth in laboratory rats.

Malnutrition

In addition to 150 pounds of sugar, the average American now consumes in excess of 55 gallons of soft drinks annually.

A Wall Street Journal editorial stated that the rapid rise in soft drink consumption has closely paralleled the sudden increase of diabetes mellitus.

When you couple this with the fact that people as a whole eat very little fruit and vegetables, you end up with a sickly and malnourished society.

Malnutrition is not something that is typically visible, but it has internal effects that eventually show. The inability to absorb nutrients is also a concern in the elderly, but with younger persons, it is typically their diet which causes poor nutrition.

Exercise - multiple benefits

Exercise is beneficial to many body functions. It also provides a wider range of benefits than any other therapy.

Medical authorities are slowly recognizing the effects of obesity on our society. Changes in eating habits and getting regular exercise are necessary to reverse the current trend.

We can achieve a healthy society if we educate others on how to eat nutritious foods and get regular exercise.

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