A trip to Cuba revealed how fresh and nutritious was the food being served in paladares, or family-owned restaurants, on the island. Mangoes, papayas, fresh fish, rice and beans and lots of seasonings to offset the shortage of oil made for delicious, healthy meals.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says that more than 40 percent of our daily sodium intake comes from only 10 types of food. By cutting back on your salt, you lower your risk for high blood pressure.
In a study of 15 overweight or obese men between the ages of 20-65, those who drank a shake with 3 ounces of peanut powder after a meal reduced the postprandial (after-a-meal) triglycerides than those who hadn’t. Similar findings have been reported for eating walnuts or pecans after a meal.
Researchers working on a large study of the Mediterranean diet randomly selected about 300 subjects who were at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Everyone was on a nutrient-rich Mediterranean style diet but one-third of them added four tablespoons a day of virgin olive oil, one-third added a handful of nuts and the last third followed just the prescribed diet.
Changing your diet may help you get rid of heartburn and acid reflux. Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) accounts for about 9 million outpatient doctor visits and a medication cost of about $12.5 billion annually. Switching to a low-carb diet may help.
What is your eating style and does it influence the amount of food you eat and how you feel? Taste, cost, availability and perceived health benefit are reasons a particular food is chosen but that doesn’t get to eating style. A recent article in the journal Appetite delved into this question.