May 2013 Issue
Your Overall Diet Counts Most
The overall pattern of foods that you eat day in and day out is more important to your health than individual foods or nutrients, reports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in an updated position statement, Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating. Classifying certain foods as good or bad may be overly simplistic and lead to poor eating behaviors compared to the total diet approach, according to the report. In 2011, 81 percent of adults cited not wanting to give up their favorite foods as a reason for not eating healthier. However, moderation, portion size and exercise are key to balancing the amount of energy you receive through food and beverages in order to maintain a healthy diet and weight.
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