It happens to the best of us. We strive to eat as virtuously as possible, choosing nutrient-packed foods that support healthy inner workings (that’s for you, heart!) and promote a healthy weight. But then we’re perusing the nutritional information for our go-to lunch or snack and realize some of the food choices we made aren’t that healthy after all.
Here we take a look at a few common foods that may sound healthy, but aren’t, plus some better-for-you alternatives. But in general, when you dine out, heed the advice of Lauren Elkins, a Registered Dietician at Marina Del Rey Hospital in California: “Go heavy on the fresh vegetables with a lean protein. Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. ” Elkins advises reading the nutrition labels and keeping your diet as clean as possible. Local farmers’ markets are a great place to pick up fresh vegetables and incorporate whole foods, she says.
When it comes to fat, the American Heart Association recommends that healthy people limit saturated fat intake to less than 7% of their daily calories (that’s 16g for a 2,000-calorie daily diet) and keep trans fat under 1%. The AHA says 25% to 35% percent of your daily calories should be from good fats, in foods like avocado, salmon, walnuts and plant-based oils (such as olive, canola and soybean).
Provided by Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine