In a perfect world, nutrition would be easy to understand and apply to your diet. However, there are so many contradicting reports and labeling variations that it's hard to know what to believe, and even harder to know what foods are good to put on the table. The following article will show you the simple facts on what you should know about nutrition and how to work it into your everyday life.
Include whole grains in your diet. When people eat whole grains, it leads to much better health than that which can be had by consuming processed grains. Some options for you are whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and especially whole wheat bread that you can include in your daily balanced and nutritious diet. By eating whole grains you are providing your body with both the fiber it requires along with nutrients that are not present in refined carbohydrate products.
Eat a variety of protein throughout the week. Select lean meat products, fish and poultry that has had its skin removed. Eggs make a great source of protein. We now know that having an egg every day will not harm you. You should have at least one day a week that is meatless. On your designated day, get your fix with peas, beans, low-sodium, reduced calorie peanut butter and unsalted nuts.
Think of the colors of the rainbow and the corresponding fruits and vegetables. Naturally brightly colored foods, such as certain fruits and vegetables, usually have a great nutritional profile and can provide your body with many health benefits. Try to ensure that each meal you eat includes at least one piece of a brightly colored fruit or vegetable. Never skin your produce unless it's required to eat the fruit or vegetable. Potato skins, carrot skins, apple skins, and most other fruit and vegetable skins, contain a whole lot of nutrients.
Highly milled grains are not a good nutritional choice. The major source of fiber and nutrients in whole grains comes from the unprocessed form that leaves the husk or hull intact. Ask yourself, is it beneficial to get rid of these grains, only to turn around and get fiber or wheat germ? Of course it doesn't!
Salmon is an excellent food to include in your diet. This popular fish adds both omega-3's and niacin into your diet. Omega-3 is known to reduce heart disease, cancer, and oppression. Niacin may prevent Alzheimer's disease. To reduce the risk of eating toxic chemicals, always choose wild salmon over farmed salmon.
Reading was the easy part! Putting into practice what you have learned will take a little more effort but be well worth the energy spent and even give you more energy in the long run. You have taken the initial steps necessary to begin positive changes in your consumption habits and once you put them into action you will be much happier and healthier for it!