Saturday, February 5, 2011

Eat Better

If you are like most people, I think it is safe to say that eating has become more about the pleasure you get from certain foods and is less about protecting your health. Unfortunately, those foods that you enjoy so much tend to be high in sugar, fat and salt, which may increase your risk of gaining too much weight and developing diabetes and other health problems.

There is nothing inherently wrong with eating for pleasure. But it becomes a problem when you eat so much high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and not enough fruits, vegetables and other health-promoting foods.

When deciding what to eat, your goal is to choose foods that will provide the right amount of energy, keep you alert, prevent disease and increase your chances of living a long, healthy life. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from eating better:
  • Increased immunity
  • Reduced risk of having heart disease
  • Less chance of becoming overweight or obese
  • Lower risk of developing diabetes or diabetes-related complications
  • Better bowel health; less constipation
  • Healthier skin
  • More energy