We tend to think that eating a lot of healthy food is good for us. And the more we eat it, the healthier we are. Consumer Reports nutrition experts said that we shouldn’t just focus on overeating healthy food. Of course, they don’t recommend us to eat junk food either!
A Balanced Meal
What they recommend is to have a balanced diet and not obsess over certain fruits and veggies.
A good example of overdoing it is when we wat too many carrots or sweet potatoes, which are rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A. Too much of these and you get the orangey colored skin. Eating a reasonable amount will make that color fade out.
Fiber’s great, right? Fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains are healthy. But if we eat too much of it, we get bloated and gassy. It also interferes with the absorption of other nutrients.
Jesse Hirsch, the Consumer Reports Health Editor, said that we should get the fiber from natural foods and avoid the processed food fortified with fiber, because they “may be more likely to cause stomach upset.”
As for food that contains too much protein, they can stress the liver and kidneys and can even increase the risk of osteoporosis. Foods that contain protein are meat, fish, chicken, tofu, yogurt, and quinoa.
Should We Be Adding Supplements or Not?
Maintaining good health is possible if people eat three servings of foods rich in protein. A well-balanced meal will have enough protein, good fats, fibers, minerals and vitamins to get you through the day.
According to Consumer Reports, the healthiest people are those that eat a great variety of whole foods. They don’t need supplements that contain vitamins and minerals. An excellent way to find out if you need supplements is to talk with your doctor to avoid potential problems.
Rex Austinwas born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior. Apart from running his own podcast (Ice Fishing And Other “Cool” Things), he spends his time canoeing and backpacking in Northern Ontario.. As a journalist Rex has published stories for Global News (Thunder Bay) we well as Buzz Feed and Joystiq. As a contributor to Great Lakes Ledger, Rex most covers science and health stories. Contact Rexhere