Monday, January 4, 2010

Better For You Foods in 2010

Want to know who's dieting in 2010? Less of us.
Instead, the new definition of diet includes more
emphasis on choosing the foods which help us feel
better and keep cholesterol and blood pressure
numbers under control.
Add the power to boost the health of our skin, eyes, hair, nails, muscles and bones and we're really interested!
Better-for-you foods and drinks are gaining in popularity and that's why you see so many claims for health benefits on product labels.
Note: an official health claim must be approved by the FDA. But, that doesnt stop some manufacturers from putting pictures of "healthy looking" people on product packages or using words which imply health claims. So what's really better for you in 2010?

1. Organic when possible. But, just eat your vegetables!
2. Whole grains. Guess what? They serve up more than just fiber. The whole grain ( whether brown rice, wheat kernel or corn kernel) offers many more nutrients than processed grains.
3. Be a flexitarian. Even if you're not a vegetarian, you can eat like one more often. Plan meatless meals. This should increase the number and variety of needed nutrients in your diet and decrease the saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet.
4. Shake the salt habit. Your tastebuds will adjust in a few short weeks. Americans eat way too much salt. So, discover other ways to boost the flavor in foods-such as salsas, lemon and vinegars.
5. Go fish. But, choose the "good fish" which are sustainable and not riddled with pollutants.
A reliable source for seafood safety is the lists provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Back to those Too-Good-To- Be-True health claims. The Center for Science in the Public Interest is very interested in helping the FDA do a better job of being a referee in the food and health promotion arena. They've issued a report calling attention to several foods that might be promising more health than they can really deliver.

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