You know that you should be eating healthy, balanced meals, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what that means. In this post, you’ll learn 15 facts about food that will blow your mind, and make it easier to know what foods you should be stocking up on!
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15 Facts About Food
Do you really need to eat six times a day? What are the benefits of protein? Is organic produce worth the extra cost? In this blog post, we’ll answer many of your food-related questions and hopefully give you some helpful ideas. Here are 15 Facts About Food That Will Blow Your Mind!
1. You Need More Protein
You might have heard that you need to eat protein at every meal, but do you really know why? Protein is essential for our bodies in many ways…
- It helps to build and repair tissues, particularly your muscles.
- It provides energy.
- It regulates enzymes and hormones.
- It helps to form new blood cells.
- It can help boost immunity.
Protein can be found in many different foods, including meat, poultry, seafood, beans, legumes, tofu, eggs, and dairy products. Aim to include a source of protein at every meal to help keep your body healthy and strong!
2. Food Needs to be Spaced Out
The old saying goes that you should “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” But what does that really mean?
There’s no need to eat six times a day, but it is important to space your meals out evenly throughout the day. This will help to keep your energy levels up and prevent you from overeating later in the day.
Try to eat every three to four hours, and include a healthy snack or two in between meals.
3. Organic Produce is Better For You
Organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or other harmful chemicals. While organic foods are generally more expensive than their non-organic counterparts, there are many benefits to eating organic…
- Organic produce is grown without the use of harmful chemicals.
- Organic foods are often more nutrient-dense than non-organic foods.
- Eating organic can help reduce your exposure to toxins and other potentially harmful compounds.
- Organic farming is better for the environment.
If you’re looking to improve your health and reduce your exposure to toxins, aim to include more organic foods in your diet. However, if cost is a concern, don’t worry – any fruits and vegetables are better than none at all!
You should try to include some fruits and/or veggies with each meal. I know, that takes some meal planning, especially if you have a larger family. It is more work, but it really pays off in the long run.
4. Fat is Not Always the Enemy
For years, fat was demonized as the enemy of weight loss. However, we now know that not all fats are created equal. In fact, some fats are essential for our health…
- Fat helps the body to absorb vitamins and minerals.
- It provides energy and helps to regulate body temperature.
- Fat is essential for brain health.
- It helps to keep our skin and hair healthy.
- Fat is a necessary part of any diet when eaten as part of a healthy meal plan!
While it’s important to limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, don’t be afraid to include healthy fats in your diet. Good sources of healthy fats include avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and fish.
5. You Need to Eat Carbs
Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap in recent years, but they are actually an essential part of a healthy diet too…
- Carbs provide energy.
- They help to regulate blood sugar levels.
- They promote healthy bowel function.
- Carbs are necessary for brain health.
- They help to prevent constipation.
While you should limit your intake of refined carbs like white bread and pasta, complex carbs like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Aim to include at least one serving of carbs at each meal.
6. People Eat Too Much
Have you ever finished a meal and felt uncomfortably full? That’s because we tend to eat more than we actually need. In fact, most of us consume about 20% more calories than we should each day…
- We eat for pleasure, not just hunger.
- We’re often served larger portions than we need.
- We eat mindlessly, without paying attention to our hunger cues.
- We generally don’t feel satisfied until we’ve eaten too much.
- Our eating habits are often influenced by our friends and family members.
- Remember, you don’t have to eat everything on your plate. Take smaller portions to start out.
If you’re looking to lose weight or improve your eating habits, it’s important to be mindful of how much you’re eating. Pay attention to your hunger cues, and stop eating when you feel satisfied – not stuffed.
7. You Probably Don’t Eat Enough Vegetables
We all know that we should be eating more vegetables, but most of us don’t eat nearly enough…
- Vegetables are packed with nutrients.
- They can help to prevent chronic diseases.
- They’re low in calories and high in fiber, which helps to promote weight loss.
- They’re a good source of vitamins and minerals.
- Vegetables can help to improve your digestion and keep you “regular.”
Make an effort to include more vegetables in your diet, and you’ll be on your way to better health. Try adding them to soups, salads, stir-fries, or simply eating them as a side dish, either cooked or raw.
8. You Aren’t Getting Enough Fiber
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, but most of us don’t get nearly enough…
- Fiber helps to keep you regular.
- It promotes healthy bowel function.
- Fiber can help to lower cholesterol levels.
- It helps to prevent constipation.
- Fiber is a good source of nutrients.
Most adults should be getting 25 grams of fiber per day, but most of us only get about 15 grams. To increase your fiber intake, aim to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water – it helps to keep things moving!
9. You Don’t Need to Eat 3 Meals a Day
The traditional three-meal-a-day approach is not necessary for good health. In fact, it’s actually better for most people to eat smaller meals more often…
- It helps to regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day.
- It can help to boost metabolism.
- It helps to promote weight loss.
- It provides sustained energy throughout the day.
- It can help to reduce cravings.
If you’re looking to improve your eating habits, try eating 4-6 smaller meals each day instead of 3 larger ones. And be sure to include a variety of healthy foods at each meal, including proteins, complex carbs, some fiber, and healthy fats.
Yes, you read that correctly – dark chocolate is actually good for you!
- Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants.
- It can help to improve brain function.
- It can help to lower blood pressure.
- It can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- It’s a good source of fiber.
So go ahead and indulge in a little dark chocolate – your body will thank you for it! Just be sure to choose a brand that has at least 70% cocoa content, and limit your intake to one or two ounces per day. You don’t want to have too much of a good thing.
11. You Don’t Need to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day
Despite what you may have heard, you don’t need to drink eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy…this statement may bring on some controversy. I drink a lot of water per day. I’ve heard we need to drink half of our body weight in water in ounces of water. I’m not sure where I heard that, is it a myth? For instance, if you weighed 100 pounds you would need to drink 50 ounces each day.
- The 8-glass rule is a myth.
- You actually get most of the water you need from the food you eat.
- You’ll know you’re drinking enough if you’re not thirsty and your urine is light yellow in color.
- Drinking too much water can actually be dangerous.
- You need to drink more water if you’re exercising or sweating heavily.
- If you’re out in the hot weather you’ll need more water to stay properly hydrated.
- Water is better for you than substitutes like soda, sugary juices, alcohol drinks.
- It is better to drink a little more than you need than not enough.
- If you get sick and lose water through vomiting or diarrhea, but sure to drink more more to stay hydrated.
So how much water should you be drinking? The answer is different for everyone, but a good rule of thumb is to drink when you’re thirsty and let your thirst be your guide.
12. Coffee is Good For You
Coffee has gotten a bad rap in the past, but the truth is that it’s actually good for you…
- Coffee is packed with antioxidants.
- It can help to improve brain function.
- It can help to lower the risk of cancer.
- It can help to improve physical performance.
- It’s a good source of fiber.
- Like with other foods, be careful of the quantity.
So go ahead and enjoy that cup of coffee – it’s doing your body good! Just be sure to limit your intake to no more than four cups per day.
13. Apples Give You More Energy Than Coffee
If you’re looking for a natural energy boost, reach for an apple instead of a cup of coffee…
- Apples are a good source of natural sugar.
- They’re packed with vitamins and minerals.
- They contain fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and promptes good digestion.
- They’re a good source of antioxidants.
- They’re low in calories.
So next time you need an energy boost, skip the coffee and reach for an apple instead. Your body will thank you for it!
14. Honey Can Last Forever
Honey is one of the oldest foods known to man, and it’s also one of the most shelf-stable…
- Honey never goes bad. In fact, if stored properly, it can last for 300 years.
- It can be used as a natural antibiotic.
- It can help to relieve allergies.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties.
- It’s a good source of antioxidants.
- It can be a good sugar substitute in recipes.
So go ahead and stock up on honey – it’s a food that will literally last forever! Just store it in smaller glass containers in case it crystallizes so you can work with it. I take my crystallized jars out and set them in the sunshine to help them liquify.
15. You Should Eat More Beans
Beans are often thought of as a side dish, but the truth is that they’re actually packed with nutrients and deserve a spot at the center of your plate…
- Beans are a good source of protein.
- They’re high in fiber.
- They’re low in calories.
- They contain antioxidants.
- They can help to regulate blood sugar levels.
So make sure to include beans in your diet – they’re good for your health and your waistline!
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These 15 facts about food will blow your mind – and might even change the way you eat! Be sure to include a variety of healthy foods in your diet, and don’t be afraid to indulge in the occasional treat. Your body and mind will thank you for it! May God Bless this world, Linda