Interesting Facts About Eating Healthy: Good For You

It can be tough to eat right all the time. We want to reach for the fries, or the burger, or the doughnut. What’s considered “healthy eating” is always a source of debate, but it’s not actually that complicated: Nutritionists can agree that a diet rich in whole foods, with lots of fruits and vegetables, seafood, whole grains, dairy, legumes, and nuts is good for you. Processed foods and added sugar are generally a bad idea.
These days, people have become increasingly aware of their need to lead a healthier lifestyle. This often means consciously making better choices throughout the day. When it comes to nutrition, much has been said on the subject, from mere hearsay to evidence-based research. Differentiating between the two can sometimes pose a challenge.
Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and stabilizing your mood.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite.
To motivate you to put down the cupcake and pick up the broccoli, here are interesting facts about eating healthy:
1. A healthy diet could make your skin glow. Carbohydrate-rich foods with a high glycemic index (meaning they quickly increase your blood sugar) could contribute to acne, studies have found.
2. Eating healthy could improve men’s fertility. A Mediterranean diet is associated with an increased sperm count, and obese men tend to have fewer, more abnormal sperm.
3. Many studies have shown that eating a healthy diet could reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes.
4. Eating healthy could protect your memory. Studies have found people who follow healthy diets are less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s.
5. Eating a healthy diet, especially including calcium and Vitamin D, could reduce your risk for osteoporosis and bone loss.
6. A major review of nutrition research found that a healthy diet can improve how long and how well you sleep.
7. Eating healthy could reduce your risk for some cancers. Multiple studies have found a diet high in fruits and vegetables could help prevent the disease.
8. It’ll save you money. A large study found unhealthy diets full of processed foods cost $1.50 more a day than healthy ones full of whole foods.
9. A well-balanced diet could improve your mood. People who eat more fruits and vegetables tend to report better mental health in studies.
10. A healthy diet could reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, which is preventable with diet and exercise.
11. It could extend your life. People who eat well tend to live longer, and they have fewer health complications so they enjoy the extra time.
12. Kids get almost half of their calories from junk food. Shockingly, 40 percent of the daily calories that 2- to 18-year-old Americans consume come from added sugar and solid fats from processed foods such as desserts, processed grains, pizza, dairy products, fruit juice, and soda.
13. Skipping meals is not healthy. Eating at regular intervals gives your body a constant source of fuel and prevents you from getting so hungry that you overeat or abandon your goal of eating healthy foods.
14. The best way for you to encourage healthy eating is to eat well yourself. Kids will follow the lead of the adults they see every day. By eating fruits and vegetables and not overindulging in the less nutritious stuff, you’ll be sending the right message.
Another way to be a good role model is to serve appropriate portions and not overeat. Talk about your feelings of fullness, especially with younger children.

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