A nutritious and well-balanced diet is the foundation of a healthy life. But are you sure your diet is not doing more harm than good to your body? Since a person’s diet depends on certain requirements, including medical history, it would be wise to seek professional advice. One example is a Recipe Nutrition Analysis. This type of evaluation lets you identify the nutritional value of your dishes. It can range from analyzing the nutritional content of ingredients to an overall analysis of the recipe’s healthy elements. Eating habits should include food that is low on fat and cholesterol. It should also be high in fiber to prevent the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancers and diabetes among other illnesses.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York, U.S., eating more fruits and vegetables remains the best option to enhance a person’s nutrition. Choose carefully when purchasing low-fat food items. Always check for the nutritional food labels for the information on ingredients.
Aside from loading up on fruits and greens, your diet could use some healthier changes by following the URMC’s tips on healthier food choices:
- Eat whole-grain cereals for breakfast topped with fresh fruits (use no-calorie sugar if you must have it sweetened)
- Baked fish or chicken should be considered when dining out
- Use non-fat or low-fat choices for salad dressings
- Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, eat it regularly for a healthy heart
- Whole fruit is a better alternative to fruit juices as the latter contains more sugar and less fiber
- For weight loss purposes, drinking a glass of water before and during meals to prevent an eating binge
- Brown rice, lentils and beans are supplementary sources of fiber
- Pay attention to portion sizes to make sure you don’t exceed the recommended serving
Aside from improving your diet, choosing the right one is an entirely different story. Whether your goal is to shed weight or maintain a normal blood pressure, the diet should adequately meet your nutritional demands. Since no eating regimen is universally good for everyone and results are case-to-case scenarios, following a specific diet will help you achieve the results you want for your body and health.
U.S. News compiled a list of the top diets for 2014, which includes the DASH Diet, Biggest Loser, TLC Diet, Weight Watchers, and the Ornish Diet. As some of the diets’ names suggest, weight loss continues to be a main factor for the popularity of these diets. Other than weight loss, the list ranked the diets based on their potential to provide cardiovascular benefits, diabetes control or prevention, compliance with dietary guidelines, easy-to-follow steps and the possibility of combining exercise to boost results. According to the rankings, the DASH Diet and TLC Diet are the top two diets based on the given criteria. Weight Watchers is listed as the best diet for losing weight, while Biggest Loser is the best choice for people with diabetes. Meanwhile, the Ornish Diet is recommended as the best eating regimen to maintain a healthy heart.