Are you sick of hearing what foods you should avoid over and over again? Why not focus on what you SHOULD be eating more often instead!
After attending the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo earlier this week, I was excited to share with some of the latest research of foods that can help promote weight loss and health (and most importantly taste great too!).
If you are trying to lose weight, a recent study found that people who ate a portion-controlled frozen Healthy Choice meal in place of their typical restaurant or cafeteria lunch, without changing anything else about their normal diet or exercise routine, lost weight and improved their diet quality at the end of 30 days. Replacing lunch with this portion controlled meal also led to a decreased intake in total fat, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium in the participants’ overall diets. And the best part was while the overall calories consumed per day decreased, the study participants’ intake of the dairy, fruit and vegetables food groups did not change. So, what’s the bottom line? Try replacing your cafeteria or restaurant meal at lunch with a frozen, portion-controlled meals such like Healthy Choice. Not only will it help promote weight loss, but it will also improve the quality of your diet and save you money too!
Whole grains are essential to our health, yet less than 5% of Americans eat three ounces of whole grains per day, which is the amount recommended by the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. If you’re wondering, one ounce of whole grains is equal to one slice of whole wheat bread, a serving of whole grain breakfast cereal equal to the size of a baseball or a serving of cooked whole grain rice/pasta equals the size of a baseball cut in half. But there’s great news! A new study showed that eating popcorn (which is one of my favorite snacks!) can help people to increase their consumption of whole grains. The study looked at the diets of people who ate a daily snack of 100 calories of popcorn for three months without being asked to change anything else about their diets. At the end of the three month period, those who ate popcorn as a snack increased their consumption of whole grains while also decreasing their consumption of refined grains. If you’re looking for a great tasting option, try Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop, my favorite!
Research has shown that people who eat diets rich in fruits and vegetables tend to have a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease, which may be related in part to fruits’ and vegetables’ contribution of antioxidants to the diet. To help individuals consume more antioxidants, researchers recently looked at the most common non-starchy vegetables in Americans’ diets to determine the vegetable that provides the highest level of antioxidants based on total consumption and antioxidant capacity and they found that canned tomato products provide the greatest amount of antioxidants to Americans’ diets over any other commonly consumed vegetable. And what I love about canned tomatoes is that they are also a convenient and affordable way to increase vegetable intake. They also make eating more vegetables achievable, since most American’s enjoy tomatoes and the canned varieties are available year round. For a great option, try Hunt’s line of tomato products.
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