A Quick Guide to Healthy Eating in Three Non-Vegetable Food Groups

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Healthy eating recollects a plate full of vegetables and kale, but it is far more involved and nuanced than that. What does healthy eating actually mean in practice? Patients at Lahey Hospital are being offered details nutritional charts to apply to their own health. Eating healthy will mean a patient is stronger in fighting an illness, recovering from surgery, and just being more capable in every way. Three food groups and areas are specifically covered below, including grains, where to find protein, and dairy.

Grains

Patients love their grains. Grains are not typically unhealthy. What they can be is full of bad fats. Grains have a lot of fiber, which can facilitate in healthy weight loss when matched alongside a varied diet. Grains should also come in their “whole form.” Patients should try to eat whole grains as much as possible. Loaves of bread are also littered with GMO’s, so buying organic could be a smart choice here.

Healthy Protein

Most people think that most protein comes from meat. Though meat has a lot of protein, it is not the only place to receive the nutrient. It may also not even be the best place. For one, nuts and seeds are very high in protein without the trans fats that are common in meat. Protein is also very high in eggs and dairy products, though patients should not primarily rely on dairy for protein. Protein should be rounded into three areas; dairy, meat, and nuts.

Dairy

In regards to dairy, it is one area where patients can go quite overboard. Dairy is great for calcium, but not a whole lot else. The reality is that many dairy products are littered with high sugars and preservatives. Low-fat milk and low-fat cheese are far superior to their fat counterparts.

Grains, meats, and dairy all offer a little something vital to a good nutrition. No patient should lean too far into one area. For healthy eating, commit to dairy in moderation and vary protein intake. Use grains sparingly and in one primary meal of the day. The Lahey Hospital Facebook page has more information on what a well-rounded means in practice. Contact the team for more information.