We all know that, in order to be fit and healthy, we have to eat a nutritious, balanced diet and exercise plenty. We also know that we should cut down on sugars and fats. However, this is quite vague and certainly very confusing. After all, almost everything contains sugars and fats to some degree. So what are the 3 things you absolutely must add to your diet in order to be healthy?
Again, fish is a confusing one. We need fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna, in order to bring balance to our omega levels. Our body needs both omega 3 and omega 6, but our diets are rich in omega 6 only. Fish is the best source for omega 3, but due to the pollution in our oceans, you shouldn’t eat too much of it. A healthy diet includes two portions of fatty fish a week, three if possible, with Atlantic Mackerel being the healthiest of all.
This species is a fast-growing fish, meaning it can repopulate easily and handle higher amounts of fishing. The gear used to catch Atlantic mackerel is efficient and not likely to cause major habitat destruction, another reason this guy is an ocean-friendly choice. This strong-flavored fish is high in heart-healthy omega-3s, a good source of protein – delivering 20 grams in a 3-ounce fillet – and pairs well with bold seasonings.
The facts about eggs are also confusing. For ages, we were told to eat as many eggs as we wanted. Then, the advice was to reduce intake to no more than one egg a week due to its high cholesterol levels. Then, the advice seemed to go back to no matter how many you want, but just try to remove the yolk. As it turns out, egg yolks do indeed contain high levels of cholesterol. However, we now know that this is the good type of cholesterol (HDL), which helps break down the bad cholesterol (LDL). So, we can definitely eat as many eggs as we want again, and it is important to spread that message as well, so that people will finally stop thinking of eggs as bad things.
The science is clear that up to 3 whole eggs per day are perfectly safe for healthy people who are trying to stay healthy. Bottom Line: Eggs consistently raise HDL (the ‘good’) cholesterol. For 70% of people, there is no increase in Total or LDL cholesterol.
You may be wondering what tubers are! Essentially, they are root vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, and regular potatoes. Yes, we have been told to limit our consumption of those vegetables, because they are filled with carbohydrates. However, it is yet another reason why it is important to actually learn about the science behind something before accepting it as true. If you want to lose weight because you are obese, then you must limit your consumption of these vegetables, specially at night. If, on the other hand, you are an otherwise fit and healthy person, then you can eat plenty of them and enjoy the various benefits their carbohydrates have to give your body.