Making healthy food choices doesn’t have to be difficult. If you think about it, there are lots of healthy, nutritious choices right at your fingertips.
Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are great choices! And they are normally low in fat and have no cholesterol. Most are great sources of dietary fiber, complex carbs and vitamins.
When making healthy food choices, the American Heart Association recommends that you eat foods that are high in complex carbs and fiber.
Here are some tips for making healthy food choices…
– Avoid foods high in saturated fat. Limit your intake of red meat and butter, for example.
– Try steaming veggies or cooking grains in low salt broth for added flavor, instead of adding butter.
– Processed, canned or preserved vegetables may contain lots of added sodium. With some people, too much salt may lead to high blood pressure. There are some food companies though that are actually canning vegetables with less salt! You can look for these in the market area or choose fresh and even frozen vegetables.
– Likewise processed, canned or preserved fruit may contain a lot of corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. Buy fresh, frozen or look for no-sugar added cans of fruit.
– Nuts and seeds tend to be high in calories and fat, although a majority of the fat is polyunsaturated or monounsaturated. Avoid those varieties, macadamia nuts for example, that are also high in saturated fat.
Foods that are high in soluble fiber are a great choice as well. Examples include oat bran, oatmeal, beans, peas, rice bran, barley, and even apple pulp.
Whenever you are looking for healthy food choices, always make sure you read the nutrition label. You can then determine what the food contains and how healthy it truly is for your body. By taking your time and making your healthy food choices wisely, you’ll have a lifetime to enjoy the foods that will take care of you.
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