Choosing the right healthy diet should include many factors. Three important factors for a healthy diet are the following:
1. Does It Promote Health and Not Weight Gain? This may seem obvious, but it can be difficult. People sometimes make pizza and claim it’s a healthy meal by simply tossing some veggies on top. But the pizza, most likely, will have a large amount of calories, will contain white flour and cheese. Even if you get nutrients from the vegetables, the overall effect tends to be negative due to the other fat-forming ingredients.
2. Is it organic? Fruits and vegetables are always best to source organically, but this is mostly focused on meat products. It’s fine to claim that lean chicken breasts are a healthy food because of their high protein content and minimal fat content, but what is the actual quality of the meat? Given the horrendous conditions of factory farming and the potential for disease, most meat products should only be considered healthy foods if they fall under the heading of “organic.”
3. What is the sodium content? I’m including this because it’s such an overlooked aspect of today’s healthy eating decision-making process. High sodium levels have many negative health benefits. Too often, you think you’re making a healthy food choice without realizing that the sodium levels are actually through the roof. An example of this can be bread. Many breads on the market that are touted as healthy foods are actually high in sodium. There is a brand called Ezekial that is one of the lowest sodium breads on the market. Even canned fruits and vegetables, which you might think are a healthy food, are often loaded with sodium from the solution needed to preserve the product. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always best.
An additional note that any generic sauce you put on your food will most likely add massive amounts of sodium to your food, making it an unhealthy food.
These are three important factors that will help you in your quest for healthy foods.
Thanks to Chess McDoogle