Top Ten Food Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Reading labels, and eating whole not processed foods are just 2 ways to avoid making the top ten food mistakes.

Smart people are fooled by packaging and clever marketing everyday.

“Made with real fruit”, “low fat”, “natural”, “made with whole grains”, are phrases which are designed to fool consumers.

They usually are not an indication of a healthy food product.

Eating healthy is more tricky than you might imagine, especially when you consider that consumers are targeted by an aggressive laser sharp multi-billion dollar food industry that is competing for your taste buds and your cash.

Make the Switch to Healthy Food for Your Family

Feeding your family a healthy diet can be daunting but sometimes all you need to do is to make a few substitutions.

Switching out high calorie less nutritious food for more nutrient dense choices can simply be a matter of habit.

Check this list of easy switches to maximize your family’s nutrition.

Pecans are the “Wonder Nut” for Your Brain

It even looks like a brain!

Help protect your brain health with antioxidant rich pecans.

Eating a handful of pecans will also provide you with more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and several B vitamins, Hubrich said. Pecans are naturally cholesterol-free and sodium-free.

Researchers suggest vitamin E – a natural antioxidant found in pecans – may provide a key element to neurological protection shown in the study.

Antioxidants are nutrients found in foods that help protect against cell damage, and studies have shown, can help fight diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and heart disease.

Pecans are the most antioxidant-rich tree nut and are among the top 15 foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Go NUTS! Walnut, the best for your heart

Pound for pound and dollar for dollar nuts are your best nutritional value at the market. Try to avoid cooking nuts because that will diminish their nutritional value but do be sure and add them at any opportunity; salads, cereal, oat meal, ice cream, and whatever else you enjoy.

The researchers from University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, US say these antioxidants are also up to 15 times more potent than vitamin E. Antioxidants are known to help protect the body against disease. Study leader Dr Joe Vinson said, “A handful of walnuts contains almost twice the antioxidants as any other commonly consumed nut…But unfortunately, people don’t eat a lot of them.” Some people avoid nuts as they are thought to be high in fat but Dr Vinson said they had no link to weight gain.
Nuts are healthy and nutritious, containing high-quality protein, lots of vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fibre. They are also dairy and gluten-free. Earlier studies have shown that regular consumption of small amounts of nuts can reduce the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, type two diabetes and other health problems.

Dr Vinson also said “The heat from roasting nuts generally reduces the quality of the antioxidants…People usually eat walnuts raw or unroasted, and get the full effectiveness of those antioxidants.”

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