Even when we want to eat healthy, knowing what to fill your cart with a the grocery store can be confusing. Terms like “organic,” “sugar-free,” and “heart-healthy” on labels make us think we’re getting the best food, but is that what we should be eating?
Dr. Mark Hyman, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine breaks down new research on nutrition in his new book, “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” Here’s his guide to healthy foods that will help keep weight down, and it includes a lot of food in its natural state, that doesn’t come with a label on it.
Don’t eat: Oatmeal, Do eat: Eggs, or oatmeal with nuts and seeds
- A bowl of carbs won’t keep you full for long, so add some protein and healthy fat to amp it up.
Don’t eat: Egg whites, Do eat: Whole eggs
- Sure, the yolks have calories, but they’re also packed with protein, good fats, and choline, which is great for the brain.
Don’t eat: lean meat, Do eat: beef
- Go with organic, grass-fed beef for more iron and antioxidants.
Don’t eat: White fish, Do eat: Dark fish
- Less popular dark fish like sardines, anchovies, and mackerel have more healthy omega-3 fats.
Don’t eat: Sushi rolls, Do eat: Sashimi
- That much rice isn’t great for your blood sugar, plus sushi rice can be sweetened with sugar. But sashimi is just the fish with no rice, so it’s a healthier choice.
Don’t eat: Skim milk, Do eat: Whole milk, sparingly
- You need the fat to satisfy hunger and some skim milk contains sugar and additives.
Don’t eat: Five servings of fruit a day, Do eat: Two servings of fruit and seven servings of veggies a day
- Fruit provides healing compounds and fiber, but it’s also high in sugar and carbs, so try to load up on veggies and make them 50 to 75% of your plate.
Don’t eat: Vegetable oil, Do eat: Butter
- Vegetable oils are full of the bad kind of omega-6 fat that can cause inflammation and butter just tastes better anyway.
Source: New York Post