Health Digest

Health Digest

What is known about nutrition and diet keeps changing as more is learned.[3] However, basic nutrition remains much the same.[3] The best advice is to talk to a doctor or dietitian for personalized information based on an individual’s lifestyle, health, and food likes and dislikes.[3]

Basic nutrition begins with a diet based on the major food groups that includes vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products.[3] It should also contain lean protein such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds plus healthy fats.[3]A basic nutrition plan should include guidelines for how much food from each group to eat.[3]Foods should be those that can be found in local grocery stores instead of specialty and gourmet food stores.[3]A basic food plan should be based on an individual’s budget, lifestyle and (healthy) preferences.[3]Drink plenty of water.[4] Drink fewer Soft drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks which usually contain sugar.[4]Read the food labels to see what is in the foods.[4] For example, labels usually show what foods are lower in sodium such as in soup, bread, and frozen meals.[4]A healthy diet should include seafoods (such as salmon, tuna, and trout) and shellfish (such as crab, mussels, and oysters). Seafood has protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids which are heart-healthy.[4]Basic nutrition should contain balanced amounts of carbohydrates for energy.[5] Carbohydrates are one of the three macro

nutrients[6] in the human diet (fat and protein are the other two).[5]A healthy diet can replace dieting for weight loss.[7] Eating healthy, along with physical exercise and practicing moderation, can lead to better health in the long run.[7]

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