What does it mean to eat better? Eating better is changing some less healthy eating habits for healthier ones. That’s all. It’s not as difficult, uncomplicated or unappealing as we’re led to believe.
This may include getting fewer calories, more nutrients, healthier ways to prepare food and possibly eating less processed foods and more whole foods. U.S. Dietary guidelines even include physical activity as part of healthy eating habits. This is because activity burns calories.
In order to get all the nutrients you need daily from the food you eat, you will need to burn some of those calories with physical activity to enable you to lose or even maintain your weight. If you don’t burn enough of the calories you’re getting from the food you eat you will gain weight. Gaining weight usually isn’t an indicator of eating better.
Eating better doesn’t mean that everything you eat needs to be naturally low in calories and nutrient dense. The foundation, or the foods from which you get most of your calories need to fit this description, but that still leaves a bit of room for foods that don’t. Eating better doesn’t mean it’s necessary to give up pleasure or satisfaction with food.
No one food is so nutritious that it can supply 100% of our nutritional requirements. No food is so good for the human body that it alone can provide all the nutrients needed for good health.
Studies have shown that a cup of blueberries a day can be the key to reducing blood pressure and arterial stiffness, both of which are associated with cardiovascular disease. This is good news about blueberries, but blueberries aren’t such a superfood that eating only blueberries can supply your body with all its nutritional needs. Eating better is eating a variety of foods to get adequate amounts of the macronutrients and micronutrients we need for good health.
On the other hand no food is so bad for you, unless it happens to be tainted with a deadly bacteria such as salmonella or botulinum toxin, that eating it occasionally, can make you sick or ruin your health.
Bacon is an extremely popular food and one that is often regarded as causing early death. It appears on many of the “unhealthiest foods you can eat” lists. It comes from pigs, it’s a cured meat, it’s high in sodium and saturated fat.
Despite all of the reasons why bacon should be avoided, you can easily search and find that every reason why bacon is dangerously unhealthy is a myth. Many nutrition scientists agree that bacon in moderation won’t harm your health.
Moderation is a subjective word. What’s moderation? Moderation in bacon eating is 3 strips, about 1 ounce, no more than once a week. It’s also recommended if you eat bacon weekly it’s a good idea to cut back on other processed or luncheon meats.
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