If you had a magic formula that was inexpensive and readily available, that helped with weight control, increased immunity, and decreased the risk of disease, would you take it? Of course! The "magic formula” is getting enough fiber. Yet the average American falls short – often eating only half the levels of fiber recommended by medical professionals.
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I have been a loyal devotee of probiotics ever since my internist first introduced me to the idea many years ago after a strong round of necessary antibiotics. After experiencing the benefits for myself, I was hooked. So apart from taking probiotics, I have made it part of my daily routine to consume food sources of prebiotics and probiotics.
When it comes to protecting our hearts, there is much we can do through diet. We are becoming more aware than ever that it is the type of dietary fat, rather than the total amount of fat, that affects health.
In a recent survey by the International Food Information Foundation (IFIC) on food and health, a remarkable 78 percent of consumers reported that they encounter a lot of conflicting information about what to eat and avoid. Of those people, more than half agree that the confusing information makes them doubt the choices they are making. There is no surprise on the confusion considering 77 percent rely on friends and family for nutrition information, yet a handful trust these sources. In addition, the constant bombardment of the latest trend and faux nutrition experts touting the next miracle quick fix for weight loss can distort anyone’s views of what is sound advice for nutrition and health.
In my attempt to be an “informed consumer,” I quickly realized that genetically engineered or modified foods are one of the most hotly debated issues at this time. Regardless, I believe in being aware and making my own educated decision on matters of health and environmental impact, and this applies to GMO and non-GMO foods.
As I have shared before, I am a mom to Anjolie who will soon be leaving toddlerhood and becoming a preschooler—yikes! I often think about how I will prepare her for this next stage. I have always tried to instill healthy habits and a positive relationship with food. So I guess the bigger question for me is, what or how do I build upon this healthy relationship and continue to implement good habits throughout her growth into a young adult?
Well, this is news to me. I think if you eat a great diet and give your kids what you eat, you are creating a familiarity with tasty and healthy foods. Cooking and eating good food is a party in our house, literally. The atmosphere we create around food fosters a love for healthy foods, so I know that it is possible to get kids to love good foods.
Appropriately planned, well-balanced vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful and may play a significant role in disease prevention.