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Came across an article on NYTimes.com that speaks about simple rules for healthy eating that can be followed, and will have a positive impact on your health. The article is by Aaron E. Carroll, who has done much research on eating healthy.
Mr Carroll starts the article like this:
“Over the past few months, I’ve written a number of times on how nutrition recommendations are seldom supported by science. I’ve argued that what many people are telling you may be inaccurate. In response, many of you have asked me what nutrition recommendations should say.
It’s much easier, unfortunately, to tell you what not to do. But here at The Upshot, we don’t avoid the hard questions. So I’m going to put myself on the line. Below are the general rules I live by. They’re the ones I share with patients, with friends and with family. They’re the ones I support as a pediatrician and a health services researcher. But I acknowledge up front that they may apply only to healthy people without metabolic disorders (me, for instance, as far as I know).
These suggestions are also not supported by the scientific weight of rigorous randomized controlled trials, because little in nutrition is. I’ve inserted links to back them up with the available evidence. They are not “laws” and should not be treated as such. No specific nutrients will be demonized, and none will be held up as miracles. But these recommendations make sense to me, and they’ve helped me immensely.
Full disclosure: I did not invent most of these. I’ve developed them from reading the work of others, including what may be the most impressive “official” nutritional guidelines, those of Brazil, as well as from earlier suggestions from readers, as in this great NYT interactivegraphic. It captures readers’ responses to food rules by Michael Pollan. He is, of course, the promulgator of the well-known advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
- Get as much of your nutrition as possible from a variety of completely unprocessed foods.
- Eat as much home-cooked food as possible, which should be prepared according to Rule 1.
- Use salt and fats, including butter and oil, as needed in food preparation.
- When you do eat out, try to eat at restaurants that follow the same rules.
These are only snippets of the entire set of rules to follow. Please go to NYTimes.com to read the full article. These are easy tips to follow, and will have a great impact on your health. Eating healthy, making those good choices should be easy. We just have to put our minds to it, and make the right choices!