Must-Read: 6 Nutrition Facts
Being healthy is fucking hard. With the overall hustle-bustle of our everyday lives, friends to meet, drinks to get, TV and movies to watch, books to read, shaving to do, etc., it’s SO easy to simply just phone in the health part of your life and just settle for the nearest fast food establishment or whatever microwaveables are available at the within walking distance grocery store. This, though, is how you get fat and die.
It really doesn’t have to be hard, though. If you just break it down and follow these 6 lessons handed down by the great folks at Men’s Health, anyone can be healthy. The 6 rules are:
– Never Skip Breakfast
– Snack With Purpose
– Beware of Portion Distortion
– Drink Responsibly
– Eat More Whole Food and Fewer Science Experiments
– Set the Table
Simple, right? Here’s an explanation of that whole food/science experiments one:
Here’s a rule of healthy eating that will serve you well when picking out foods for your family: The shorter the ingredients list, the healthier the food. (One of the worst foods we’ve ever found, the Baskin-Robbins Heath Shake, has 73 ingredients—and, by the way, a whopping 2,310 calories and more than 3 days’ worth of saturated fat! What happened to the idea that a milk shake was, um, milk and ice cream? Let’s be grateful that Baskin-Robbins finally pulled this monstrosity from their menus.) The FDA maintains a list of more than 3,000 ingredients that are considered safe to eat, but we’ve found reasons for concern for a number of the additives on that long list, and any one of them could wind up in your next box of mac ’n’ cheese.
According to USDA reports, most of the sodium in the American diet comes from packaged and processed foods. Naturally occurring salt accounts for only 12 percent of total intake, while 77 percent is added by food manufacturers.
Sounds a lot easier when you break it down like that, right? Head over to the link to read up on the other 5 facts and you’ll be healthy in no time.
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.