1. Most people know that fat is a large contributor to heart disease. However, a few weeks ago we discovered that the sugar industry had a large part in research that promoted fat as an important factor in heart disease. What?! This special communication from JAMA explains the relationship between the sugar industry and coronary heart disease. The sugar industry wanted to downplay the effect of sugar on health. This is still a developing story, but I don’t doubt sugar is just as bad as fat! Which brings me to my always advice – eat as fresh and unprocessed as you can with treats in moderation.
2. Do you know what everything on your food label means? There are so many buzzwords on labels that are meant to make you think a product is healthy! But beware. Things like lightly sweetened, touch of and light in sodium don’t necessarily mean those products are low in sugar or sodium. Always be sure to actually read the nutrition facts label. Another tricky one is ‘whole grain.’ Check the label and make sure the first ingredient is 100% whole wheat flour or another form of 100% whole wheat.
3. This dietitian sticks to a mainly plant-based diet. A plant-based diet is nutrient dense, packed with fiber and can be beneficial for the environment. This type of diet is high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and is low in animal products. While animal products are high in protein and some vitamins and minerals, they have a high carbon and water footprint that contributes to climate change. Making small changes every week can help you move towards a plant-based diet.