When your cell phone runs low on power, you plug it in. Electricity is your phone’s source of energy. People need energy, too, but we can’t simply plug ourselves in to get it. Instead, we need food to fuel our bodies. Not all foods, however, give us the same energy. Some foods provide energy to think, form memories, and perform physical activities, while others only slow us down. The key is learning how to make the right decisions when choosing what to eat.
Making healthy choices
Which is healthier, a muffin or a banana? A sports drink or a glass of milk? People face such questions all the time. With a little information and some guidelines, you can learn how to spot the healthier choice. Here are some tips for distinguishing between good (healthy) and bad (unhealthy) foods.
Good foods include… Whole grains, such as whole-wheat breads and cereals, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, milk, water
Bad foods include… White bread, fried foods, processed foods (packaged chips, cookies, candy bars), soda
Healthy is always an option
Imagine you’re at a snack bar, do you choose an apple, a yogurt, or a candy bar? If your stomach is growling, don’t let it lead you to make unhealthy decisions. Below are suggestions for replacing unhealthy foods with healthier alternatives.
Is Fruit Juice Healthy?
Not all fruit juices are created equal. Some are made with 100% fruit juice, while others have been artificially sweetened. Juices made with 100% fruit will have more vitamins and nutrients than the sweetened variety, even though they might be almost equal in calories. The chart below features the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for the amount of fruit juice people should drink each day.
by Mark Hughes