Nutrition Taking A Closer Look At Your Diet

In this day and age, we’re often overloaded with information on every subject imaginable. New facts pile up with alarming speed, making it a challenge to adequately absorb the information and then put it to use in ways that improve the quality of our lives.

This is what many of us experience when it comes to food and nutrition. Like everything else, maintaining a healthy diet means asking questions, reviewing facts and making choices. Learn how to take a closer look at your diet and make educated decisions when it comes to nutrition.

A Healthy Diet: The Questions We Face

Each time you purchase, cook or eat food, you may ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this food contain harmful toxins?
  • How can I prepare it in the healthiest way?
  • How nutritious is this food?
  • How was it grown, harvested and processed?
  • Should we increase our intake of this food or avoid it?
  • Where does it come from?

In these limited articles, we can’t provide detailed information about every known food, but we can address some of the most common questions that you may have as you take a closer look at your diet.

Nutrition, Information, Misinformation and Information Overload

For instance, you may be wondering if fish is really healthier than other meats. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2009) concluded that consumption of red meat was associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer.

If you choose to eat fish, however, the American Heart Association (2010) warns that mercury levels may be dangerous for some individuals.

How about eggs? Some sources claim that eggs contain high levels of cholesterol, and that this cholesterol goes straight to your arteries. The Harvard Health Publications (2010), however, state that saturated and trans fats are much more influential on cholesterol.

Nutritional value aside, are organic eggs really better for you? Some people state that organic eggs are healthier, since the chickens are raised in a more humane environment. However, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2010), factory eggs and organic eggs are essentially the same.

What about coffee? Some reports suggest that as part of a healthy diet, it can ward off chronic disease, while others suggest the opposite.

Finding Answers to Your Nutrition Questions

If you have questions about nutrition and want to design a healthy diet for you and your family, you certainly aren’t alone. The following articles will help you learn to take a closer look at your diet, as well as some foods you may eat every day.

Resources

American Heart Association. (2010). Fish, levels of mercury and omega-3 fatty acids. Retrieved September 12, 2010, from http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3013797

Durham, S. (2010). ARS study eyes egg quality and composition. Retrieved September 14, 2010, from http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2010/100707.htm

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School. (2010). Egg nutrition and heart disease: Eggs aren’t the dietary demons they’re cracked up to be. Retrieved September 12, 2010, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/egg-nutrition

MSNBC.com. (2010). A cup of confusion: Is coffee healthy or not? Retrieved September 12, 2010, from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15823127/

Sinha, R., Cross, A. J., Graubard, B. I., Leitzmann, M. F. & Schatzkin, A. (2009). Meat intake and mortality: A prospective study of over half a million people. Retrieved September 14, 2010, from http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/169/6/562#AUTHINFO