Many of us enjoy eating meat, although not always in the right proportion to other foods. The healthy balance of meat on your plate is less than many people think.While meat is nutritious, meat products contain a lot of fat – especially saturated fat.
Healthy eating involves moderating the amount (and type) of fat we eat. In general, we need to cut down from our current total of 40 per cent of our calories coming from fat to 35, or even 30, per cent. Meat-eaters get a hefty whack of their fat intake from meat products, which provide 25 per cent of the fat in the typical diet.
Diet After The Holidays – You probably over-consumed during the Christmas holiday season and diet(ing) is now on your mind. There’s plenty of evidence to encourage you into action. In fact, new research says your actions to reduce what goes in your mouth can extend your life by up to 8 years.
According to a recent study from researchers at the McGill University Health Centre, ‘Overweight and obese individuals have the potential to decrease life expectancy by up to 8 years’. They also say that overweight folks have a higher propensity for diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease earlier in life – which can ‘rob them of nearly two decades (20 years) of healthy life’.
Preventing Chronic Disease With Diet – Nutrients, vitamins, minerals and other substances in food are associated with reduced risk of some chronic diseases. If you can, obtain most of your nutrients from food, rather than supplements, because foods contain naturally occurring substances that might protect against chronic health conditions. Consider taking a supplement if your diet is not balanced and varied and doesn’t provide you with the Recommended Dietary Allowances, or RDAs, for nutrients.
Eat fish at least twice a week, recommends the American Heart Association. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish decrease the likelihood of cardiovascular disease.