Go healthy: Beneficial dietary changes for you
As we start a new year, many of us will be aiming to improve our health in 2017. Opting for a better diet is one of the best ways to boost well-being. Here, we round up some simple changes that can help us improve our diets, with expert advice and grocery store guidelines from the University of Kentucky. Eat the rainbow: Adding a variety of colourful foods to your plate is one easy way to instantly improve your diet. Replacing some white and brown foods with plenty of natural and colourful fresh fruits and veggies will provide you with a boost of vitamins and fiber, also they’re low on fat. Make a grocery list that emphasises naturally colorful foods — the more vegetables, the better — and stick to this when you are out shopping. Careful with dairy: Avoid flavoured yoghurts that contain as much as half of the recommended daily allowance of sugar. Choose lean meats: Go for chicken and fish as processed meats such as lunchmeat or hot dogs contain high amounts of sodium. Buy breads with whole grains: Breads and other baked goods contain the hidden sugars and also sodium. So instead of choosing breads made from whole wheat, opt for bread made of whole grains. Label smart: While reading them, be aware of the serving size per package. For example, canned soups are sometimes advertised as low sodium — but if the serving size is half a can and you eat a full can of soup, you’ll be getting double the dose of sodium.