Healthy Eating Tips

It's no secret that Americans generally have very poor diets. However, eating nutritious meals is not that difficult if you put in a little effort.

One easy way to cook more healthy meals is to use more healthy fats. Try using vegetable oils like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. These are better for you than butter or margarine, which can be high in saturated and trans fats.

Another important thing to watch is our sodium intake. Western diets are notorious for containing far too much sodium. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming a maximum of 2,300 milligrams a day; or 1,500 milligrams a day for those who are age 51 or older, black, or have high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease. Ideally, we could read every nutrition label and count every bit of sodium that enters our bodies. Unfortunately, this isn't always realistic - but we can try to eat less processed foods, which is where most of our sodium comes from.

Finally, eat smaller portions. It sounds obvious but too often we eat mindlessly, without paying attention to whether we're even really hungry or not. Just because food is on your plate doesn't mean you have to eat it all; you can always save some for later.

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