Healthy eating has become extremely important in a time when obesity is so prevalent in society. Some people are lucky enough to have grown up eating healthy, while others may have to put forth additional efforts to incorporate healthy eating into their lifestyle. Cooking a healthy meal isn’t necessarily a complicated task, but there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind while preparing your meals.
Ingredients can be tricky when you’re planning healthy meals. Foods that seem healthy can have hidden ingredients that undermine the healthiness of them. This is especially true with processed foods. One of the biggest hidden ingredient culprits is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). A study done at Tufts University showed that Americans consume more calories from HFCS than any other source. HFCS is in almost all processed foods.
The best way to combat HFCS is to avoid processed foods as much as possible. You can do this by buying unprocessed foods, like vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains, and cooking your meals from scratch. It takes a little more effort, but it’s well worth it in the long run.
Contaminated food can undermine the success of your healthy eating plan. It’s extremely important that you practice sanitary food prep methods, especially when it comes to raw meat. With raw meat, you want to avoid cross-contamination. Make sure you’re doing things like thoroughly cleaning your cutting board before placing another food item on it. You also want to store your food in a safe manner. There are ways you can pack your refrigerator that can prevent foodborne illnesses. Label and date your foods and adopt FIFO (first in, first out).
When preparing healthy meals, you should make sure that all your food groups are balanced. This ensures that you have the energy, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and everything else your body needs to function properly. Every food group has an important role in your body, even fats. The key is to eat the proper portions of each group in order to reap the maximum benefits.
Cooking healthy food doesn’t have to be hard. You simply need to keep a few tips in mind, like watch ingredients, practice food safety, and cook balanced meals, to guide you along the way. As you continue to keep these things in mind, they will become habits, and you won’t even have to think about them.
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