Hold the burger and fries and start seeing green. Food choices need to go from an afterthought to a conscious choice if you want to reach your ultimate weight loss goal. Fast foods are often loaded with excess sodium and saturated fats causing risk factors for many diseases. HealthyEatingGuide.com has compiled some alarming statistics about our eating trends. The first one, according to the American Heart Association and World Health Organization: you shouldn’t consume more than 7 percent of your total calories from saturated fat. However, one of America’s staples is still the fast food drive through.
It is a “wrap” for simple carbohydrates and time to swap out “white” carbs for whole grains. A further statistic shows that by just doing this you may be able to lower your risk for heart disease by 33 percent.
Statistics also showed that by eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits a day, you can reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease by 30 percent, lose weight, and enhance your immune system so you don’t get sick as often. I like to pack fresh veggies and dip them in natural peanut butter. Cucumbers dipped in salsa or baby carrots dipped in guacamole are also a delicious treat.
Sometimes it is not what you eat but what you drink that contributes to negative side effects. The average American drinks 526 12-oz sodas per year which is approximately 1.5 cans each day. Healthy Eating Guide suggested swapping those empty calories for water and to cut out over 6,000 calories per month.