Sunday, August 9, 2009


I have got this short letter from Dr. Adrian Smyth this morning, want to share it with you, guys...

Good morning, Alex
We used to have the four food groups to use as a nutrition guide. Then it became the food pyramid, and even that has changed dramatically from its original design. It started with one type of food, grains, as the foundation and worked its way up to the smallest necessary dietary elements at its peak. Now it’s sliced horizontally with stairs going up the side.

And all this while one group says carbohydrates are key to good health and nutrition and meats and fats should be heavily restricted, while another group says you can eat a lot of fat as long as you watch your carbohydrate intake. Is it any wonder that most people don’t get the right nutrition each day?

While experts still seem to have trouble agreeing on whether diets should be more protein or carbohydrate based (though the government has opted for carbohydrates), no matter which way you lean in that debate there’s little question about the nutritional benefits of eating enough fruits and vegetables.

The common phrase is “5 a day,” meaning that you should aim for at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins that serve as antioxidants, protecting us against everything from premature aging to cancer and diabetes. While eating these foods can’t prevent these things, they do help lower a person’s risk of many conditions and diseases.
Including many fruits and vegetables in your diet not only helps you get the best nutrition, but also makes it easier to maintain a normal weight. Someone without a weight problem is less likely to develop one, provided the low calories and high fiber of the fruits and vegetables aren’t cancelled out by the addition of lots of junk food or a high overall calorie intake.

Someone with a weight problem can more easily lose pounds to achieve a more normal weight with fruits and vegetables as a large part of his or her diet. An overweight person may be eating more than the necessary calories each day, but that doesn’t mean that he or she is getting the proper nutrition. It’s possible, but most overweight people eat too many calories from things like processed foods.
Processed foods often contain staggering amounts of calories, as well as things like large amounts of fat and sugar that you wouldn’t even know are there unless you read the nutrition label. Since all food is required to display this label listing calories, different types of fats, carbohydrates, sugars, sodium, cholesterol and more, you should use the label as a tool in your quest for good nutrition.
The experts give guidelines, like no more than 30% of your calories per day from fat, that can help many people maintain a healthy diet. If you need a specialized diet like a diet that doesn’t contain peanuts or has limited sugar, using these labels can help, as well.

Overall, diets that avoid most processed foods and stress things like fish, lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables offer the best nutrition.

Dr. Adrian Smyth

By Dr. Adrian Smyth - "CLEAN EATING" magazine expert.

1 comment:

  1. Dont know this guy, but interesting material