Dietary guidelines have changed over the years, depending on the last researches. We all focus on calories, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and so on but we often forget or we don’t consider the importance of quality food. Quality is just as important as quantity!
Not all meat is equal, not all vegetables and fruits are equal. Their nutritional values depend on breeding and agricultural techniques, on pollution, chemical products…and many other factors.
Rather than choosing foods based only on their caloric value, you should pay attention to high-quality, healthy foods, trying to avoid as much as possible low-quality ones.
Here are five easy tips for you to follow:
- Choose season fruit and vegetables. They have a higher content of vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants.
- Avoid meat, eggs and fish derived from intensive breeding. For example wild salmon has a higher quantity of omega Omega-3 fatty acid than breaded salmon. What animals eat and the way they live has an effect on their meat. The meat of wild animals contains fewer saturated fats than the one of animals in intensive breeding.
- Chose natural food and avoid industrial ones. A food with a long list of ingredients means it has been refined. It is not good for health! When you chose a food, think about how many processes it has gone through.
- When possible, choose local products: the food is surely better and you help the environment too.
- Choose non aggressive cooking methods (such as vapour) to limit the loss of nutrients.
Although there are many factors, which can influence a nutritional plan. These basic rules are suitable and advisable to everyone. The quality of your food is essential and vital for good nutritional choices.