March is National Nutrition Month and this years theme is about making healthier food choices. So you might ask, "What information do I need to know in order to make the right food choices?" It starts with knowing which foods are nutrient rich and knowing the appropriate portion size to consume. The most important information to have when making a healthy choice is how much total fat and saturated fat the food has. This is important because fats can contribute to an increase in your LDL cholesterol, a number commonly referred to as your "bad cholesterol." Choose foods that are low in fat and eat more plant-based proteins such as soy and beans. Also on the healthy menu: fish, poultry and low-fat dairy. More great-tasting, nutrient-rich foods that can improve overall heart health: red grapes green tea and black tea almonds, walnuts and pecans tomatoes flax seed dark green vegetables Remember to eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to be sure you are getting your necessary nutrients. Only pick grains that are whole grains with three or more grams of fiber per serving. Focus on getting low-fat dairy for your calcium and protein needs. Sticking with healthier choices involves making gradual changes. The little things like adding an extra serving of vegetables to your day can really make a difference. And always remember: Eating right is important no matter what your age. Lastly, watch your portions to better control your total calories. For weight loss, you need to consume fewer calories than your body burns. For more information about your serving and calorie goals go to http://www.mypyramid.gov.
Author: John McGran