You are what you eat seems to be the theme in a recent article we read from the
New York Times. Diet and eating healthy continues to be a trending topic, especially
among Millennials. What’s healthy? What’s too much? Should
I eat 100% organic, and what does that mean? Well, this article sums it
up fairly well with a focus on butter and saturated fats, and how they
affect your health.
The bottom line was summed up in the beginning of the article:
Unless you have a medical condition that dictates otherwise, there’s
no reason to cut anything – not butter, ice cream or Porterhouse
steak — completely from your diet as long as you mainly eat plant-based
foods (vegetables, fruits and whole grains), lean animal protein and fish
and don’t go overboard on foods rich in saturated fats that can
cause harm in excess.
The keyword is “balance”. Eat a variety of foods, with a focus
on fresh vegetables and fruit. Think about what you put in your body and
how it will benefit you. Of course it’s ok to indulge, but do so
wisely and make it a treat. Butter has very high saturated fat content,
so eating it too much (every day) will increase in blood cholesterol levels.
Olive oil and coconut oil are great substitutes for butter, give them
a try throughout the week and put the butter away.
If you need help coming up with fresh meal ideas, use apps like Pinterest
to find new recipes. Remember, what you eat affects your bones, too! So
take good care and you’ll find you will enjoy a healthy, active
lifestyle as you age.
Read the full article here.