Wis­dom with no shelf life

Some no­tions of healthy eat­ing have stood the test of time, writes Cara Rosen­bloom

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NUTRITION -

In ad­di­tion to colon health, we also know that ad­e­quate fi­bre is vi­tal for pre­vent­ing heart dis­ease and Type 2 di­a­betes. But we’re still not get­ting enough of this vi­tal nu­tri­ent.

Fi­bre-rich foods you can add to your diet in­clude veg­eta­bles, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, bran ce­re­als and whole grains.

Just a cup of rasp­ber­ries or a half-cup of lentils will sup­ply 8g of fi­bre

As early as the 1940s, the term “junk food” was used in the me­dia as a neg­a­tive way to de­scribe foods such as cake, sweets and cooldrinks. It linked those foods to health prob­lems.

It’s safe to say a healthy diet will never be built on cake and ice cream. And other than the ridicu­lously named cookie diet (a low-calo­rie diet that in­cludes spe­cially for­mu­lated cook­ies), there are no fad di­ets based on eat­ing more junk food. Chips, sweets and sim­i­lar treats do not pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant nu­tri­ents to the body, and over con­sump­tion is linked to in­creased dis­ease risk.

Since 1980, di­etary guide­lines have ad­vised that if you drink al­co­hol, do it in mod­er­a­tion.

This means no more than one drink a day for women or two drinks a day for men. And no, you can’t save it up for the week­end. One drink equals 350ml of beer, 150ml of wine or 45ml of liquor such as vodka.

Al­co­hol car­ries the risk of de­pen­dency and ex­cess con­sump­tion is linked to liver dam­age, obe­sity and an in­creased risk of cer­tain can­cers. So the best ad­vice is if you don’t drink, don’t start. And if you do drink, prac­tice mod­er­a­tion. Like junk food, al­co­hol is not health food. – Wash­ing­ton Post

Rosen­bloom is a reg­is­tered di­eti­cian.

Eat­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles re­duces the risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure, heart dis­ease, obe­sity, de­men­tia and cer­tain types of can­cer.

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