In this fast-paced society, we often find ourselves tempted to skip meals or eat unhealthy fast food because we just don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals. Lets face it–going through the drive through after a long day is sometimes more appealing than shopping and cooking.
The consumption of added sugars and high-fructose corn syrup has become a hot topic. According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, the average American consumes 42 pounds of high fructose corn syrup per year! Awareness has certainly increased over the last decade or two and people are becoming aware of the adverse effects a high fat and high sugar diet can have on their body.
Nutritionists and physicians believe that healthy eating can affect your mood, support your body while you grow and develop, and increase your energy. Poor eating habits increase your chance of heart disease, osteoporosis, some cancers, adult-onset diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Experts agree that eating a diet that contains a balance of fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans), lean meat fish and poultry, low fat milk products, whole grain breads and pastas, and plenty of water can have a profound effect on our over all health.
We should try to avoid excessive amounts of salt, alcohol, saturated fat, and sugar.
Although it isn’t easy to make dramatic changes to our diet, small changes can have a great impact on how we look and feel. There are numerous resources on the web that can help you to plan healthy meals using delicious fresh foods. Times have changed. A healthy diet no longer needs to be bland and unappealing.