Wisdom with no shelf life
Some notions of healthy eating have stood the test of time, writes Cara Rosenbloom
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.