Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do for your body. A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease. Developing healthy eating habits isn’t as confusing or as restrictive as many people imagine. The essential steps are to eat mostly foods derived from plants—vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes (beans, peas, lentils)—and limit highly processed foods.
At the heart of a healthy lifestyle is good nutrition. Making smart food choices can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. The good news is, eating right doesn’t have to be hard or require a special diet. Not all the nutrients and other substances in foods that contribute to good health have been identified, so eating a wide assortment of foods helps ensure that you get all of the disease-fighting potential that foods offer.
At least half your grains should be whole grains, such as whole-wheat, barley, quinoa and oats. Whole grains retain the bran and germ and thus all (or nearly all) of the nutrients and fibre of the grain.
Trans fats are supplied by partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used in many processed foods (such as commercial baked goods, snack foods) and fast foods (such as French fries). Trans fats raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and also reduce HDL (“good”) cholesterol, increasing the risk of heart disease. Try our healthy variants of snacks such as – Fruit bars, healthy cookies, brown rice snacks, seed rusk, etc.
Too much sugar, especially between meals can increase risks of tooth decay and will add extra calories so limit your added sugar intake. Limit foods with added sugar, such as soda and candy. These are sources of empty calories that contribute to weight gain. Many sugary foods are also high in fat, so they’re even more calorie-dense. Substitute brown sugar, palm sugar, coconut sugar, etc. for white sugar.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. One should never skip breakfast. A healthy breakfast can provide fibre, calories, vitamins and minerals important for health. Choose wholegrain cereals, porridge or wholemeal toast with fruit for a healthy start to the day. Choose from a wide variety of healthy muesli and porridge on our website.
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