Good carbs, bad carbs, low-fat, low-sugar, superfoods… it’s enough to make anyone want to reach for the biscuit tin in total confusion.
Don’t do it! (Or not too often). Here's a three-point guide to the right fuel for your body:
Most of us know that we need roughly 2000 calories a day to keep existing, give or take. Those calories need to come from the right food sources – get it wrong and you can be overweight but malnourished.
It is also possible to have all the right nutrition but not enough calories, and so become ill that way. We can’t survive on vitamin pills, we also need calories. Just ask anyone stranded on Mars!
The six essentials for life are: water, carbohydrates, fats, protein, minerals and vitamins.
Because human beings are omnivorous animals, we can choose from a huge number of possible food sources to get the nutrition we need. So there’s no ideal menu for everyone, just a suggested mix of food sources. Aim for this rough mix:
So enjoy some different foods! Vary what you eat, wash it down with plenty of water and your body will thank you. Then all you have to do is take it for some exercise.
I'm with Matthew - processed foods have no place in a truly nutritious diet. This is a really handy and informative post though - cuts through all the fads out there and makes it easy to understand!
the main thing i stick to is eat wholefoods and avoid processed food as much as possible. Works for me.
I probably eat well, but I do add in 10% of processed food, including chocolate and cake, but that's for psychological reasons (keeps me sane!)
According to that article on what was eaten in 'The Martian',film, pinto beans are the best choice for protein. I'm off to get me some beans!
how pleasingly straightforward in a blizzard of fad diets and questionable 'studies'. I think I'm on the right lines with my nutrition, although like many others portions are my downfall. Self-control needed!