Healthy Food Statistics And Limitations By Lindy

Healthy Food Statistics And Limitations By Lindy

It is almost everyday that we are bombarded with new information regarding the kind of food that we must eat if we are to enjoy the pink of health. That being said, there is a lot of information that is misleading, and there also remains the fact that even healthy food has certain limitations. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting statistics first, pertaining to healthy food.

If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is to be believed, then only 210 percent of adults consumed the recommended amounts of food in a day.

Only 33 percent of the American adult population ate the amount of vegetables recommended every day.

If you see the percentage of Americans that rank ‘diet’ as being the most important thing where it comes to overall health, it is only 35 percent.

If you go to see the share of American men who believe the low-calorie options in a restaurant are useful when dining out, it is only 21 percent.

At least half of all the children in the world that are aged 6 months to 5 years suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiency.

From the above recently culled statistics it is clear that far more people need to think healthier where it comes to their diet, but it is also important to remember that healthy food also has its limitations. Let us look at some of them, in order to gain a deeper understanding into eating healthy.

An increasing number of people are turning vegan these days, but is one really getting all the nutrients that they need, when they opt in for a vegan diet?

Here it must be highlighted that vitamin B12 that is found in eggs and meat, and omega-3s that are found in fatty fish, comprise some of the most important deficits.

You might think that a person who is entirely vegetarian might not be able to get something that is as vital as B12, but that is not true. In fact, this vitamin that is found exclusively in animal products, can also be found added to non-animal-based foods, like for instance, fortified cereals. Of course, vegetarians can also make up for the deficit by taking supplements.

It’s a given that for people who do follow strict vegetarian diets, to be extra careful as they run the risk of becoming malnourished. There are things that can crop up; things like low calcium levels and heart irregularities that can be a cause of extreme concern.

And then we have something like the paleo diet, which is something that is catching on like wildfire these days, but you must understand that it might not be all that rosy as it looks. For one, the paleo diet can be very expensive. That being said, you are really not consuming any grains and dairy in this diet; indeed, the things that can be great for your energy levels. In the case of vegetarians, too, this diet can be difficult as beans of all kinds are excluded from it. Also, if you are an athlete then you would need 3 to 6 grams of carbs per pound of your body weight every single day, and this is going to be very hard to do if you eat only fruits and vegetables.

The right thing to do, then, would be to strike a balance. You might be vegetarian, but you can always consume those eggs if you want to get your dose of B12. It’s important to eat smart, as food is the fuel that is going to get you through the day and it’s important that you make the right eating choices.

Also, eat less than you should. It was only recently people believed that it was necessary to eat every 2-3 hours in order to rev up that metabolism and get those calories burning, but that is simply not true. You have to listen to your body’s signals. If your body is telling you that it is not hungry, then what is the point of eating? It’s perfectly all right that you are making the smart eating choices but eating healthy also means that you should eat the right quantities of food.

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