What is a Healthy Food?

Posted by Sarah Cox on Monday, April 28, 2014 Under: nutrition
 
People often don't know where to start when it comes to eating healthily.  You may wander around supermarkets aimlessly looking for healthy food when you really don't know what you are looking for. It's because there is so much mixed information out there. When you start looking out for healthy food a key question is 'what makes something healthy'? Is it the amount of calories or the amount of fats? Actually, though these things are important, they are only part of the equation.

This is why so many diets may fail. People don't know what to look for and they often end up buying the wrong foods. They then get discouraged when they can't lose anything and they give up. The problem is that they don't know what healthy food is, and they don't know what to look for. Advertisers often call something a healthy food when they honestly have no right to do so. There are many foods that are advertised as healthy that don't fit the bill. You really have to do your own work to decide if something is healthy and hence whether you want to eat it or not. If you skip this step, you may well fail on your quest to lose weight and journey to becoming a healthy eater.

The most obvious healthy food is one that is grown naturally. This means fruits and vegetables are almost always healthy, as long as you aren't adding anything unhealthy to them. If you top a cup of peas with two tablespoons of margarine, you have just turned a healthy food into something more unhealthy. Many people mistakenly turn good foods into something much less healthy, which they should be avoiding with a ten-foot pole when trying to lose weight. You want to make sure you are not adding saturated fats and sugars to foods that are otherwise considered good for you. 

Therefore, if you want a healthy food you should look for a natural food. This means you need to buy things that are not processed and have no additives. If something is described as a number on an ingredient list or you can't pronounce it, skip it. If it is not a natural food, your body doesn't know what to do with it. As a nation, we have become more obese due to the amount of processed food, and hence fats and sugars we eat.

When you are looking for healthy food, skip the marketing hype and zero in on the ingredients. Read what is on the label as that is where the truth of the matter lies.

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Tags: 'healthy food'  'healthy eating'  calories  diet  fruit  vegetables 

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