Americans are becoming more and more conscious of what they eat.
You may have noticed that diet plans can vary to a large extent. Not only are these based on specific needs but are also subject to opinions.
However, the following are the four components that are essential to every healthy diet plan…
Method of Preparation:
Your method of cooking can alter the nutritional value of the food. Boiling a broccoli reduces the level of nutrients in it. Grilled lean chicken is rich in protein, whereas frying that chicken piece triples the level of fat and calories. Rather than opting for French fries, it is preferable to bake potatoes without removing their skin. The latter is not only low on fat but also high in nutrients. Use only heart healthy seasonings and fats. You should aim at retaining the natural goodness of the foods by following preparation methods that augment taste without adding unnecessary ingredients that are high in fat and sugar.
The primary contents of your diet should be fruits and vegetables. Grains come next, followed by lean meats or proteins. Oils, sugar and fats are not dangerous if used within limits.
No doubt you should consume healthy foods but what is equally important is to keep a check on the quantity you eat in a day and at a time. Try to calculate your average daily calorie intake. If it is lower than normal increase your diet. On the other hand if it is high either eat less or change your foods.
Every vegetable, grain or meat is different from its counterparts. For instance, a cup of steamed corns and a baked potato have different nutrients. It is important to know the nutritional value of various vegetables, fruits, meats and grains. Processed foods are a complete no-no. As much as possible eat whole foods which means that increase the consumption of whole foods that you cook yourself rather than consuming packed/frozen foods.