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What Foods Can We Actually Eat Nowadays

What Foods Can We Actually Eat Nowadays
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It seems like every week there’s another food that we should avoid or a new super-food that we should be eating. Everyone wants to be healthy and what we eat is an important factor in keeping our bodies going. But how can we make sure that we’re eating the right things and not falling for fad diets?

The key to eating what is good for us is in choosing a variety of different foods. Healthy eating begins with a balanced diet. This means eating from each food group and controlling your portions to maintain a healthy weight.

Carbohydrates

Starchy food such as potatoes, brown rice and wholegrain bread or pasta should make up a third of a balanced diet. Wholegrain options keep us fuller for longer while white bread, pasta and rice is digested quickly and place a rush of sugar into the bloodstream, which will make us reach for a snack before too long. Wholegrain products also contain more vitamins and fibre.

Fruit and vegetables

You should also eat plenty fruit and vegetables (though you knew that already, right?). The World Health Organisation recommends we eat at least 400g of fruit and veg every day to stay healthy. As well as providing essential vitamins and minerals, fruit and veggies often contain lots of fibre and help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. They’re also low in fat and are great as a low calorie breakfast or snack.

Protein

What Foods Can We Actually Eat NowadaysMeat, fish, pulses and eggs are all great sources of protein, which the body needs to grow and repair tissue. Protein also makes enzymes, hormones and other bodily chemicals. Basically, your whole body needs protein to thrive. That’s why it’s important that you get the right amount. It’s recommended that active people consume 1g gram of protein for every 1kg of weight daily.

Dairy products

Milk and other dairy products provide us with essential calcium. Recent research published in the British Medical Journal has suggested that full-fat products boast more health benefits than fat-free or low-fat options. In fact, people who consume the recommended portions of dairy tend to be slimmer than those who don’t. As well as being good for bones and teeth, dairy products can help reduce blood pressure. It has also been linked to a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and breast cancer.

Fats and Sugars

Fats and sugars are needed to boost energy, that doesn’t mean you should reach for chocolate bars or biscuits too often. Most of us get all the fat and sugars we need from other food and drink, such as fruit juice or oils used in frying. Fish, seeds and unsalted nuts are all ideal for making sure your body gets the right kind of fat.

Eating a balanced diet ensures that your body gets all the nutrients it needs. And if your everyday diet is healthy then the odd treat now and again won’t do any harm.

 

 

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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