Change Our Eating Habits

Most of us understand that the American diet is harmful to cardiovascular health. Even so we keep on eating  and put on the pounds. Some say the cause of this overeating is our stressful lives and the advertising industry that encourages overeating. That coupled with the chance to eat poorly at every corner enables us to make lousy choices about what we eat.

Besides, our own smaller worlds are imbedded with fragmented family schedules.  We have traded nutrition for convenience. We have traded our appetites to the advertising world.

Changing the way we eat goes a long way to prevent cardiovascular problems.

For example, dieticians tell us we need food rich in complex carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes. The complex carbs should make up about two thirds of our total number of calories. In spite of all the studies, the published studies, the programs about nutrition, only one in five Americans eats the recommended five cups of fruits and vegetables even though the Harvard Nurses Health Study found that those who did eat at least five servings lowered their risk of hear attacks by 25 percent.

Those who know repeat the benefit of plant foods. In fact, the deeper the color of the food, the more effective is the protection against heart disease, cancer and other chronic disease. That is because the bright and deeply colored fruits and vegetables, like green kale, or red peppers or yellow squash, or the orange of carrots. have the most vitamins and minerals and the plant pigments themselves are high in antioxidants.

For those of you who want to lose weight, plant foods also contain fiber and fill  you up but are usually low in calories. Foods that need a lot of chewing, such as apples or carrots, take longer to eat providing time for the digestive system to start working so that you can feel full.

Finally, too much animal protein in the diet tends to leach calcium from the bones so that relying on fruits, whole grains, vegetables and legumes also decreases your risk of osteoporosis. Another bonus as you age.

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