Food & Nutrition
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Why Eat Healthier
Eating healthier is important for several reasons.
Ultra-processed foods, as the name suggests, are foods that have undergone a high degree of processing and contain a large number of added ingredients. They are often high in calories, unhealthy fats, added sugars, and sodium. Several studies have shown that a diet high in ultra-processed foods can increase the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems.
One of the reasons for this is that ultra-processed foods often contain high amounts of added sugar, which can lead to spikes in blood glucose levels and contribute to the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, many ultra-processed foods are high in unhealthy fats, which can increase the risk of heart disease and other health problems.
Another issue with ultra-processed foods is that they tend to be low in fiber and nutrients. Consumption of these foods can lead to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health. This is a significant problem, as a large proportion of the population relies on ultra-processed foods as a major source of their daily caloric intake.
Some studies suggest that the processing itself may contribute to the negative health effects of ultra-processed foods. For example, the use of high heat and pressure in the manufacturing process can lead to the development of harmful by-products such as acrylamide, which can increase the risk of cancer.
It is important to limit intake of ultra-processed foods in order to maintain optimal health. A diet that is high in whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, is associated with a reduced risk of chronic diseases and should be prioritized. Education and awareness campaigns around the negative impacts of ultra-processed foods could assist in reducing consumption of these products and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Jacquelyn Cafasso writes for Healthline Nutrition to help us understand how honey wins out:
But both honey and agave nectar are caloric sweeteners and offer little added nutritional value. Honey is better than agave nectar because it is:
Read Cafasso's article, in its entirety, on Healthline's website.
Vitamins have different jobs to help keep the body working properly. Some vitamins help you resist infections and keep your nerves healthy, while others may help your body get energy from food or help your blood clot properly. Most older adults can get all the nutrients they need from foods. Here are a few examples of important vitamins and their food sources:
Preliminary findings from an NIA-funded study found that a daily multivitamin might improve cognition in older adults or protect cognitive health with age.
Check out Kaitlyn Berkheiser's article on the health benefits of vitamin B12, based on science. She starts by writing that Vitamin B12 plays a key role in many aspects of health and may support bone health, red blood cell formation, energy levels, and mood.
Then read Melissa Grove's article on Vitamin B12 dosage.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers explore how regular protein consumption can ward off disability in older adults.
Read what ARS Office of Communications writer Kathryn Markham has written about it.
Parent Tips - Healthy Snacks
At 100 calories or less, snacking is good when you feel hungry between meals. Choosing healthy snacks will help you and your family stay at a healthy weight.
Click the link below to check out what healthy snacks look like.
Eating healthy when money is tight can be challenging, especially if you are living with a costly condition like diabetes. These tips can help.
A diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins is important for good health, especially if you have diabetes. Healthy eating is key to maintaining blood sugar levels in your target range. But the cost of nutritious foods can quickly add up.
Eating on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition. With a little know-how and planning, you can enjoy nutritious foods without breaking the bank. And if you need help, a diabetes care and education specialist can work with you to develop a plan that fits your lifestyle, beliefs, and culture.
Diane Samson of Tech Times writes that doctors might soon begin giving out a prescription for fruits and vegetables to lower a patient's risk of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Right? Like, what did humans do before pharmaceuticals? Click the button below to read Diane's article.
Brown Rice - 5 Ways
Looking for ways to incorporate more Brown Rice in your diet but getting tired of the standard milk-cinnamon-sugar routine? USDA's Food and Nutrition Service has shared new ways to use ingredients with the MyPlate 5 Ways Series. Today we point you to Brown Rice! Click ENJOY below.
Food & Nutrition
What we eat ultimately provides fuel for life. Here we strive to share information that you may find helpful or beneficial on your journey to living a more healthy life.