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Things to Remember When you are Trying to Eat Healthy

Updated on June 18, 2013

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In an effort to constantly improve health people will jump on almost any band-wagon. It is very important to know what you are putting in your body and whether it is actually helping or hindering you. Below is some information you may want to consider before making your next 'healthy choice'.

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Fruits and Vegetables from the Grocery Store

Eating fruits and vegetables is essential to a healthy body and a great way to help maintain and lose weight. Everywhere you look, health care professionals are suggesting to get more and more of these essential foods. The only problem is, should we choose organic or non-organic fruits and veggies for our families? Most produce in grocery stores is grown on massive farms that use chemicals to control pests. Farmers get a better crop yield if bugs and rodents are not eating their profits. Some produce also has a wax coating on it to make it look more appetizing to the consumer. Finally there is dirt on food! Not only is there dirt from the farm which the food was grown on, but people in stores don't wash their hands or cough and sneeze all over the food that you are about to purchase.If you are looking to avoid harsh chemicals that are linked to many cancers including stomach cancer then organic might be best for you. However no matter what you purchase at the grocery store, WASH IT!! Even if it is in a bag that say, 'pre-washed', WASH IT AGAIN. Many illnesses every year are linked to food that people neglected to wash before consuming.

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Vitamin Supplements

It makes sense in our hectic day to day lives to pop a pill and everything will be fine. Although supplements can play a key role in helping people with deficiency who are ailing in some way and can not eat their nutrition, the rest of the population should just eat their food. For starters fruits and vegetables, which contain most of the vitamins that people take in supplement form, contain valuable fiber. Most Canadians get less then 15 grams for fiber per day when they are supposed to be getting 25 - 30 grams of fiber per day. Below is a link to an article on the benefits of getting more fiber. Other than fiber intake there are valuable reasons to eat your vitamins instead of take them. May vitamins require other nutrients as vehicles for the human body to use them correctly. A few examples of these are; A,D,E and K. All of the aforementioned vitamins require fat, to be absorbed and used by our bodies. If you take them in pill form on their own you will not be getting the fat the vitamins may not go to full use. Eating a balanced meal including; fats, carbohydrates and proteins is the best way to ensure you get good nutrition and remain healthy.

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Margarine

Margarine is a product created to help people steer away from butter and it's saturated fats, which are linked to various cardiac issues. When margarine was originally invented the hydrogenation process, adding hydrogen to the product to make it a semi-solid, created the dreaded trans-fats that are terrible for us. When choosing a margarine make sure that you are reading the labels. Choose items with zero trans-fats that also have monounsaturated fats and or polyunsaturated fats if and where possible to get the most from your spread. The reason is; trans-fats strip the good cholesterol and raise the bad cholesterol in your body whereas monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help to protect the good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol, therefor protecting your cardiovascular system.

Low/Non-Fat Foods

Here is something that almost everyone thinks is a good idea. We are always looking to reduce things in our diets to make ourselves healthier. Fat is actually essential to our bodies and human beings need to consume it. The goal is actually to eat the right fats, not to cut them out completely. With low/non-fat products you are getting less fat which can be good if it is saturated fat being removed from the food, however they are adding ingredients like sugar, gelatin and cornstarch to make products taste better and maintain their thickness. There can be a great benefit to lowering bad fat in your diet, but if you are eating low fat sour cream there will not be a benefit if you consume 2 or 3 times more just because it is 'low in fat'. Make sure that you read labels and understand what you are eating when it comes to low/non-fat foods, some fat is good for you and essential to your health.

Aspartame

Here starts a debate that has been going on since we invented fake sugar, 'Is it really that bad for you?' Well, its fake!! Putting man made chemicals into your body is never really a good idea, when you can avoid it. Aspartame has been on the market since 1981 and according to over 90 countries it is safe for human consumption. However many reports have been filed to the U.S. FDA listing adverse reactions including; headache and migraine, dizziness, seizures, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, loss of taste, vertigo, memory loss, joint pain and a whole host of other issues. If this sounds like a great day to you, by all means keep eating and drinking this stuff up. Note that weight gain is on this list, not a very 'diet' beverage if it actually causes weight gain.

In conclusion, what you put into your body is extremely important to your well-being. If you eat the wrong things your body will not be able to react the way it was designed and you could have serious health problems. Always make sure that you read labels and understand what you are actually eating. Try to stay as close to natural as possible, since that is what your body was made to process in the first place.

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      novascotiamiss 4 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      This is an excellent article that says it all. Stick to the natural, healthy fruit and vegs and steer away from processed foods whenever possible. I've even started growing my only vegetables to be sure that what hits my place is healthy.

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      Gamrgurl 4 years ago

      Growing your own is always the best way to go I feel. Most people feel that it is too difficult or takes too much time, however I find it rewarding to have a garden. It's nice to see something through from seed to plate. Thank you so much for your positive feedback.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      really loved you article and will be back to check out more whenever you write them liked and gave you 5 stars :)

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