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The Ideal Diet

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The list of foods you shouldn't eat seems endless sometimes.

The Ideal Diet

How do you eat the ideal diet? Well, there probably isn't one. What you can do is find what works for you. What may be the ideal diet for one, most likely won't be for another. But do know that all food isn't bad.

Eating the right foods can help you fight off a disease before it gets a foothold, and beat it when it does.

To be proactive in your fight for good health, try the following simple guidelines as a prescription for healthy eating.

  • Use proportion control. Eat meals in which 15 to 20 percent is protein, 50 to 60 percent is complex carbohydrates, and 20 to 30 percent is fat .
  • Get your fiber. A high intake of insoluble fiber will reduce your risk of colon cancer and simple constipation. Fiber: A Non-Nutritional Vital Nutrient
  • Eat your vegetables. Vegetables contain beta-carotene, a substance your body uses to manufacture vitamin A. Diets high in beta-carotene will protect against most types of cancer. Easy Ways to Eat Your Vegetables!
  • Consume antioxidants. Powerful irritants called free radicals cause certain cancers. Antioxidants, such as vitamin E and vitamin C, help prevent free radical formation.
  • Eat more fish. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish appear to be protective against heart disease. These fatty acids also improve rheumatoid arthritis.

Diet or Exercise Plan?

If you are considering one or more popular diets or exercise plans, you owe it to yourself and your health to make sure their claims are valid. Ask yourself the following questions.

  • Does it promise a quick fix?
  • Does it encourage or require you to stop eating certain foods, food groups or products?
  • Does it rely on a single study as the basis for its recommendations?
  • Does it contradict recommendations of reputable health organizations?
  • Does it identify good and bad foods?
  • Does it just sound too good to be true?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep looking for a plan that is backed by solid science, lets you keep eating your favorite foods and allows for flexibility.

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