Twelve tips for healthier eating in 2012
Twelve tips for healthier eating in 2012
“If healthier eating is on your list of resolutions for 2012, look no further. The January 2012 issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch offers 12 ways to break old dietary habits and build new ones.
For many years, nutrition research focused on the benefits and risks of single nutrients, such as cholesterol, saturated fat, and antioxidants. Today, many researchers are exploring the health effects of foods and eating patterns, acknowledging that there are many important interactions within and among nutrients in the foods we eat.
The result is a better understanding of what makes up a healthy eating plan. Here are five food- or meal-based ways to improve your diet that we list in the article (you can see all 12 on the Harvard Health website):
Build a better plate. In the fall of 2011, nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues at Harvard Health Publications unveiled the Healthy Eating Plate (see below), a visual guide to healthful eating that improves on the government’s “MyPlate.” Both guides are meant to simplify the task of planning healthy meals.
Pile on the vegetables and fruits. Their high fiber, mineral, and vitamin content make fruits and vegetables a critical component of any healthy diet. They’re also the source of beneficial plant chemicals not found in other foods or supplements.
Go for the good fats. Polyunsaturated fat, including vegetable oils and omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, seeds, nuts, and canola oil), as well as monounsaturated fat (avocados, olive oil, and canola oil), are good for health, even more so when you eat them in place of saturated fats.
Replace refined grains and potatoes with whole grains. Refining grain reduces or eliminates the bran and germ of the natural grain, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. It also makes the starch highly digestible. Eating highly digestible starch causes surges in insulin and blood sugar, boosts triglycerides, and lowers protective HDL cholesterol. The starch in potatoes is also rapidly digested. Be adventurous. In addition to whole wheat and brown rice, try quinoa, millet, farro, and amaranth.
Dine mindfully. Taking time to savor your food not only helps you enjoy it more, it also helps control your appetite. If you eat too quickly, the brain may not receive signals that the stomach is full. Put down your fork between bites and chew more slowly.
Eat breakfast. The daily morning rush sometimes means you skip breakfast. Don’t. A healthy morning meal makes for smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, which can lower the risk of overeating.”
By Carolyn Schatz
Editor, Harvard Women’s Health Watch
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* Source: 12 for 2012: Twelve tips for healthier eating – Harvard Women’s Health Watch
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Every day, new findings are changing the way physicians diagnose and treat many medical conditions in women. It’s important that you be well informed about the health issues that impact women most. And there’s no better source for women’s health information than Harvard Women’s Health Watch. The facts come directly from the more than 8,000 doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School. They will give you straight answers, put the risks and benefits into perspective, help you make informed decisions about your health, and take action to live a longer, healthier life.
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* The above story is adapted from materials provided by Harvard University