Our Eating Habits Need Help!
Fast food, high-calorie desserts, sweet drinks, and more have filled us up, and out.
Most adults and 1 in 3 children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Just two problem foods, solid fats and added sugars, count for about 800 of our daily calories.
Cut back on fast foods and refined grains, like white bread. While you're at it, cut down on sodium (salt), too. Most of us get too much, raising our chances of high blood pressure and heart and kidney disease. Add more nutritious foods to your diet. Instead of fatty meats, choose lean protein and seafood. Shoot for at least 8 ounces of fish a week. Instead of solid fats like butter or margarine, use olive, canola, and other oils that are good for your waistline and heart. Instead of baked goods and cereals with all white or refined grains, make at least half of your grains whole grains. Other healthy choices: nonfat or low-fat dairy foods, eggs, beans, and lots of fruits and vegetables.