There is a lot of noise in the diet and nutrition world. Every day there are reports coming out about what is good or what is bad about the way you eat. sometimes it's hard to keep it all straight. How are you supposed to sort through all of the information to make wise healthy eating decisions?
One report talks about eliminating saturated fat, and the next day a report comes out saying saturated fats aren't a problem. One day the reports say that high fructose corn syrup is toxic, and the next report says that HFCS isn't any worse than white sugar. It is a never ending series of conflicting studies.
There are a couple of diet principles that most dietians and nutritionists agree on. When you stick to these principles you will be pretty safe with your diet, and you won't have to feel guilty about occasionally indulging your cravings.
Reduce high fructose corn syrup
While there may be disagreements about the virtues or dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), no one is making a case that it is actually good for you. At best it is adding empty calories to your diet, and at worst it is a toxic substance that your liver can't process properly.
The bottom line is, the more you can reduce HFCS from your diet, the healthier your diet will be.
An added bonus of eliminating HFCS from your diet is, by doing that you also eliminate most of the overly processed foods. Most of the highly processed foods on the grocery shelves contain a lot of additional additives. The most used of these ingredients is high fructose corn syrup.
That means when you eliminate HFCS, you will also be eliminating many of the other less than healthy additives.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
No one ever got fat from eating too many fruits and vegetables.
Eating fresh produce brings so many health benefits that there is no excuse for not making it a laarge part of your healthy eating habit. While processed foods typically have a high calorie to nutrient count, fresh produce is just the opposite. You get a large amount of naturally occurring nutrients for relatively few calories.
When you eat whole fruits and vegetables you get a much more complete nutrient package. These foods contain all you need for your digestive to properly process the food. For instance, there are components inn the skin of an apple that help your body to adsorb the nutrients that are found inside the apple.
Increase the amount of fiber
One of the many problems with a western diet is that it is too low in fiber. In order to make the food last longer on the shelves, manufacturers remove a lot of the fiber. Unfortunately, when they do that they are removing a vital nutrient that your body needs.
A big complaint of people that argue against eating fresh fruits is that they contain a lot of sugar. While that is true, they also contain a lot of fiber, which slows your bodies absorption of that sugar. That means you don't get the sugar spikes, and your body can processes the sugar without flooding your system with insulin.
Eating a healhier diet is not difficult. All it takes is taking the time to choose healthier options. That means adding more fresh foods, and reducing the amount of preprocessed foods.