What to eat, what not

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Get your diet chart right for a healthier and happier you.

Faith Too good, a nutritionist working with Spire Bristol Hospital here, has suggested tips on foods that can help in boost healthy living, reports female first.co.uk.

Five foods to give up:

Sugar: The sweet stuff is enemy number one when it comes to losing weight. Recent studies have suggested that our excessive consumption of sugar is contributing to the obesity epidemic – on average we’re eating about twice as much sugar as we should be.

Trans-fats: A trans-fat is a form of unsaturated fat which behaves like a saturated fat because of its chemical structure.

Processed meats: A processed meat isn’t just spam, which is what initially springs to mind. The definition includes any meat that has had something done to it to make it last longer (through salting, curing, smoking or using chemical preservatives) which includes lunch meats such as Parma ham and bacon.

Ready meals: They’ve been on the bad list for a while, but ready meals are often laden with a large amount of salt and sugar and are highly processed.

Five easy-to-find foods to boost your health:

Nuts: Nuts are packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, which makes them a very healthy snack.

Oats: Oats have long been associated with a healthy lifestyle and for good reason. Wholegrain oats are a good source of carbohydrate, magnesium and have a low glycemic index.

Kale: This leafy green has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity and rightly so. It’s extremely nutritious, widely available and cheap so there’s no excuse not to give it a try.

Oily fish: There is some evidence that oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines help protect against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia.

Pulses and beans: Pulses include foods such as beans, lentils and chickpeas – they’re a great low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals such as iron which makes them an excellent addition to a healthy diet.

Source : TOI Health News

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