According to the American Heart Association, we should all be eating foods that have high amounts of complex carbs and fiber. Most fruits, grains, and vegetables are great sources of dietary fiber, vitamins, and complex carbs. Additionally, these foods are naturally low in fat and have zero cholesterol!
You’ll find some useful times on how to make healthy food choices below:
Use coconut and olives sparingly. Coconuts have large amounts of saturated fat and olives are high in both monounsaturated fat and calories. Too much of either on a regular basis will create a large calorie and fat intake.
Try to prepare vegetable grains yourself. When you can’t do this, read package labels carefully. “Whole grain” products often come with added fat and cholesterol, such as the egg yolks that are added to pastas.
-Did you know that that can of vegetables may actually be very high in sodium? Sodium is often added during processing for preservation purposes. Too much sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure.
Fresh vegetables are best, and frozen vegetables are also a good choice. But for many of us, the shelf life of canned vegetables is a good thing. If you prefer buying canned vegetables, simply look for the low-sodium brands. These are becoming more readily available.
-Nuts and seeds are great to enjoy small quantities of, but remember that they are very high in calories. While high in fat, it is usually polyunsaturated or monounsaturated. But again, read the label. Some varieties can also be high in saturated fat.
Soluble fiber has many health benefits, and can easily be found in foods like oat bran, beans, peas, barley, and rice bran. Oatmeal is a great morning food with high fiber. Even apple pulp offers lots of soluble fiber.
Congratulate yourself on your decision to make healthy food choices. Now that you know what to look for on the nutritional labels, you’ll easily adopt a healthy diet.
Take care in making your food choices, and your food choices will take care of you!