Eating For Life
Open Mind Eating for life? Eat to improve your chances of a long and healthy
life? Yes, you can.
At a time when we seem to be overwhelmed by conflicting
diet and health messages,Open Mind has some good news: by making the right food choices, you may reduce your risk of
developing cardiovascular disease and cancer.
These diseases take the lives of more people than all
other illnesses and causes of death combined. Each day, about
three out of every four deaths in Europe and the United States will occur
as a result of cardiovascular disease or heart disease (like
heart attacks and strokes) and cancer. This need not be.
Although no diet can ensure you won't get a heart attack,
stroke or cancer, what you eat can affect your health. This has
been shown by research of scientists and other government health bodies.
How does a person eat for life? It's easier and more
enjoyable than you might think. The practical ideas in this
article show you how to make healthful, tasty, and appetizing
food choices at home and when you're dining out. They are
consistent with the Dietary Guidelines, published by the Department
of Health. These seven basic guidelines are:
* Choose a variety of foods.
* Maintain desirable weight.
* Avoid too much fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.
* Choose foods with adequate starch and fiber.
* Avoid too much sugar.
* Avoid too much sodium.
* If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
The first two guidelines form the framework of a good
diet: choose a variety of foods so that you get enough of the
essential nutrients you need, and only enough calories to
maintain desirable weight. The next five guidelines describe
special characteristics of a good diet-getting adequate starch
and fiber and avoiding too much fat, sugar, sodium, and
alcohol. Although the guidelines are designed for healthy adults,
these suggestions are considered especially appropriate for people
who may already have some of the risk factors for chronic diseases.
These risk factors include a family history of obesity, premature heart disease,
diabetes,high blood pressure, or high blood cholesterol levels.
This Open Mind article focuses on five guidelines that are
particularly related to the prevention of heart disease and/or
cancer: choose a variety of foods; maintain desirable weight;
avoid too much fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; eat foods
with adequate starch and fiber; and avoid too much sodium.
Keep in mind that staying healthy requires more than just
good nutrition. Regular exercise, getting enough rest, learning
to cope with stress, and having regular physical checkups are
important ways to help ensure good health. Checkups are
especially important for early detection of cancer and heart
disease. Another important way to reduce your risks of heart
disease and cancer is not to smoke or use tobacco in any form.
Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension) can also greatly
reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Remember, three
of the major risk factors for heart disease are largely under
your control. They are smoking, high blood pressure, and high
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