The Nutritional Value Of Most Fast Food Falls Between Zero and Five Percent!
When you ask people why they eat at fast food restaurants they will usually give you a variance of these two answers: (1) “I don’t have time to cook” or, “Their food tastes good”. Few, if any, give thought to the fact that most of the food they are consuming fall into the 0 to 5% category of nutrient dense foods.
In fact, many people choose the foods they eat based on convenience and taste alone, giving little or no thought of nutritional value. This usually results in choosing foods that have insufficient nutrition. In addition, they often make worse choices on what they eat between meals.
In order to maintain good health, 90% of your daily diet should be comprised of vitamin rich plant foods with health-promoting phytochemicals, minerals, and nutrient dense calories.
Choices such as donuts and pastries mid-morning, followed by chips, candy bars and sodas in the afternoon offer nothing in the way of nutritional calories. Actually, eating snacks throughout the day is not only quite common, it is also a good idea. However, when choosing daytime snacks, you should choose only those that contain nutritional calories.
Eat Nutritious Snacks Every Day
When hunger strikes a few hours before dinner, you decide you want a snack. Your choices include an apple and a glazed donut. They are roughly the same size and either food works as a quick snack so you can get back to work. But which one would you choose?
Well, hopefully you will choose the apple. Why? Because the apple has around 80 nutrient dense calories with lots of vitamins, fiber and phytochemicals that will help you stay healthy and avoid disease. Plus, the fiber and water in the apple will fill your stomach and keep you satisfied until dinner.
On the other hand, the donut has more than 200 calories with almost no nutrients which we call “empty calories”. It also contains about a gram of fiber which will not satisfy your hunger. Therefore, you will tend to eat another one. The donut also contains unhealthy saturated fat and lots of sugar. This kind of self satisfaction will lead to poor health.
You can compare nutrient dense calories using the amount of calories in the food rather than volume or portion size. For example, a cup of carrot slices and four saltine crackers both have about 50 calories, but the carrots have many more nutrients for the same number of calories.
Foods With Nutritional Calories
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables rate high in nutrient dense calories and make for healthy snacks. That’s one reason why so many fruits and vegetables qualify as super-foods, or foods that are rich in nutrients and other compounds that have healthy benefits such as fiber, phytochemicals and essential fatty acids. The whole food fruits and vegetables include carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, spinach, berries, apples, cherries, pomegranate and oranges.
Eating foods with nutritional calories will guarantee that you are getting the nutrition you need. A nutrient dense diet doesn’t leave you feeling hungry after eating. This makes weight control much easier. Once you learn which foods are more nutrient dense, the rest is easy. Just remember that the foods you eat affect your health and foods with nutrient dense calories can help you avoid disease.