Do these healthcare professional's recommendations echo in your ears? The might, but with good reasons.
Fruits and vegetables give you the vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that protect the cells of your body. Choose the most colorful (dark green or orange): they contain more nutrients.
Dairy products: cow's milk, yogurt, cheese and soy milk enriched with calcium help maintain the health of bones and teeth.
Grains: bread, cereals, pasta, rice and couscous are fat free and are excellent sources of energy. They constitute the basis of the Mediterranean diet, as well as that of the centenarians of Okinawa(1).
Consuming protein from meat, fish, chicken, legumes, tofu and eggs, combined with exercise helps to maintain your muscle mass. Fats of good quality (nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, avocado, olive oil and canola oil) consumed in reasonable quantities contribute to the health of your heart.
She is also a member of the Diabète Québec’s scientific committee and was a long-time member of the editorial board of the revue Diabète Québec : Plein Soleil
Avoid ultra-processed foods
Most of the nutrients, micronutrients (iron, vitamins) and macronutrients (proteins, fibers) are wholly or largely destroyed during the process of transformation. To add color, texture, flavor and an appetizing aroma to an ultra-processed food (and ensure its preservation), it is necessary to resort to additives that have nothing to do with the natural ingredients used in preparing dishes cooked at home or a restaurant.
Check labels, and watch out for salt!
The golden rule: cooking as much as possible
Meet me at the Nutrition Information Booth
On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, at the Pub at
Le Sélection Ile des Soeurs
325, chemin de la pointe Sud, H3E 0B1
11 am to 2 pm
1. The Mediterranean Diet prevents cardiovascular accidents. The Japanese archipelago of Okinawa has twice as many centenarians as Canada. Their physical and mental health is above the average of their age
2. Moubarac, JC and Batal, M. TRANSNUT. The consumption of ultra-processed food and the quality of food among Quebeckers. March 2016.
3. La Société québécoise d’hypertension artérielle - http://sqha.hypertension.qc.ca/
4. The food system Food classification Public health. NOVA. The star shines bright. World Nutrition, Volume 7, Number 1-3, January-March 2016