How to Choose the Right Food for You

How to Choose the Right Food for You

In choosing the right food, there are many factors to consider, including taste, nutrition, culture, affordability, and personal preference. It is a common misconception that everything that tastes good is bad for you.

1)Read the label! Remember that everyone’s nutritional needs are different.

2)Choose foods with good fats. Cutting fat will certainly help you cut calories, but make sure that you are getting enough of the good fats, such as monounsaturated fats and essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Olive oil, canola oil, fatty fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes are sources of good fats that may benefit lipid profiles. Low-fat peanut butter (such as Better ‘n Peanut Butter) gives you fewer calories, but you miss out on good fats. Bad fats include long-chain saturated fatty acids and trans fat.

3)Some people are not getting enough protein; some people are getting too much. Protein helps build muscles, repair cells, and form hormones, such as thyroxine from tyrosine or serotonin from tryptophan.

4)Prefer complex carbohydrates to simple, and prefer whole grains to refined. Complex carbohydrates are starches and take more effort to break down than simple carbohydrates (a.k.a. sugars), stabilizing your blood sugar. Whole grains help keep your blood sugar more stable than refined carbohydrates.

5)Look at fiber content. Fiber is a carbohydrate that is incompletely absorbed and can be divided into soluble and insoluble types. The average person gets only about half of the fiber that he needs. A few people have digestive disorders and need to cut fiber, especially insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel that soothes the intestines. It may benefit some people with digestive disorders and relieve diarrhea by slowing the movement of food through the intestines.

6)Do not be deceived by fruit-flavored products. Before you buy those fruity popsicles or candies, make sure that you are getting real fruit.

7)Check sodium content. Sodium increases your blood pressure by suppressing nitric oxide, a gas that relaxes the blood vessels.

8)8Look for foods high in potassium. Potassium is especially important to athletes because they lose it through perspiration. Potassium also helps lower blood pressure.

9)Be sure to meet your vitamin and mineral needs. The guidelines are reliable for most people, but there may be times when you need to up your intake of a vitamin or mineral. You may want to add more vitamin C to your diet when you are sick or have a bruise.

10)Limit cholesterol from dietary sources. Only animal products contain cholesterol, a fat-like substance that may increase the risk of heart disease by narrowing the arteries.


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