As mentioned in nutritional guide’s section of Seattle Organic Restaurants, a healthy diet must have a proper balance of the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. A well-balanced diet isn’t also a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates, fiber and protein and low in saturated fat if it’s processed food. When nutritionist talk about healthy diet, they talk about whole some foods that are unprocessed foods that have not been added any artificial coloring, chemicals and flavors and also they have not been prepared in a way that kills of the nutrients and produce harmful substances.
Here are some tips on food guidelines:
Increasethe Amount of Raw Food in your Diet: Organically or home grown fruits and vegetables free of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers are high in nutrients, minerals, vitamin and fiber. Do not buy fruits or vegetables that are packed in package or plastic bags. The ripeness of the fruits or vegetables is also important. Do not buy foods that are overripe or under ripe because they do not have all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Rinsing and washing your vegetables and fruits are very important. Use a brush to wash your fruits or veggies and soak them in water for 10 minutes. You can use frozen foods if fresh ones are not available, but do not purchase food in cans or boxed dishes. Raw products are full of dietary fiber and good for losing weight.
Avoid Processed Food Products with Artificial Ingredient or Additive: Additives are usually added to food products to lengthen their lives and enhance the color, texture or the taste of the food. Studies show that an average American consumes 135 pounds of artificial ingredient and additive including sugar and salt. Artificial ingredient and additives have little or no nutritional value at their best. The artificial sweeteners used in coffee shops are an example of these artificial additives. Consuming these artificial ingredients and additives in processed foods long term can cause a wide range of health problems such as headaches, margins, diarrhea, cancer, seizures, heart attack, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Canned products contain high level of aluminum and cause memory loss and Alzheimer’s.
Choose the Right Cookware: Although it’s healthier to eat raw dishes, some cooked dishes like soups are full of nutrients. It’s important to use the right cookware such as stainless steel, glass, copper or iron pans and pots. Using teflon cookware can contaminate food with aluminum and can harm the nerve system and cause memory problems such as Alzheimer’s.
Do not Over Cook your Food: Overcooking your food can destroy many valuable nutrients, enzymes and vitamins. More alarming than overcooking your food are the foods that are deeply fried especially with oils that are not healthy or have a low smoking point. These oils are cancerous causing people serious health issues. Also barbequed meat that is exposed to high temperatures creates aromatic amines that can be cancerous. Burned bread crust and foods that are cooked with high temperatures or deeply fried are also very harmful for body. Eating foods that are raw or slightly heated can significantly decrease the risk of many health issues such as diabetes, cancer or heart problems.
Reduce the amount of Salt: Our body only needs 500 mg sodium a day. Having 500 mg sodium a day helps with healthy muscle function, proper PH level in blood and normal fluid levels. Excessive amount of sodium can cause high blood pressure, heart problems and failure, PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and kidney problems.
You have to reduce the amount of your salt intake by reducing the amount of salt when you’re cooking or dining. One of the reasons that processed foods are very unhealthy is because of the amount of salt that helps to lengthen the lives of these foods.