It is becoming increasingly evident that a plant-based diet has many health benefits including lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers, and obesity. In fact, researchers of a study tracking plant-based dietary patterns and incidence of type 2 diabetes in the US (published in PLOS Medicine medical journal) found that those who ate more healthy plant foods (meaning whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and oils) and fewer animal foods, had a 35 percent lower risk of diabetes regardless of their weight.
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Whether it is a simple piece of toast spread with jam or a more elaborate plate of French toast with a side of eggs and bacon, breakfast is bread’s domain. From bagels and English muffins to an evenly toasted piece of your favorite bread, whole grains have long been a staple of the meal our mothers are always telling us is most important
If you think carbs are all wasted calories and bad for you, think again. Here is just one more reason to love bread, as if its deliciousness weren’t enough. Australian scientists found that the fiber in bread, cereals, and fruits helped people avoid disease and disability in old age. Their findings have been published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
A lifestyle of healthy eating isn’t just good for your body; it’s also essential for good brain function. Some fad diets may warn against grains and carbohydrates, but it’s important to remember that grains are a source of protein, vitamin B2, and zinc.
A woman’s nutritional needs change as she ages, and it’s important to know where grains and fiber fit into these evolving dietary requirements so she can stay healthy mentally and physically.
I have found nutrition for children of all ages fascinating, even before kids were on my radar. Nutrition is one way we can possibly alter the course of our genetic predisposition—maybe even prevent a condition—and hopefully have a great impact on our wellness and that of others. Life is full of uncertainties, especially when it comes to our health, but we normally have control over what we eat. So now that I am a mom, I see even more the significance of setting a good example and nourishing this little person as best I can. It’s both a gift and a huge responsibility.