It could be worse, but it’s not great. A recent report comparing the health of adults in 17 developed nations put Canadians’ health in 7th place behind number one Japan, Australia, France and Spain. Our neighbours to the south came in last, with some of the worst rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes.
Generally speaking, we all know what we need to do be more active and eat healthier foods and we invite you to speak to your family doctor, nutritionist or physical fitness specialist to learn how you can make significant, long-term positive changes to your lifestyle.
In this month’s Shop Talk blog post, however, we didn’t want to bite off more than we could chew (so to speak), so here are few of the latest nutrition trends that can help you get started, slowly but surely:
- Butter is back: Yes, for years, we heard about the ills of butter but, in small amounts, and in place of artificial butters and margarines, there’s nothing to feel guilty about.
- Fat, too: Saturated fats are still bad because they increase our risk for heart disease, but fats from olives, avocados and other fruits and nuts are healthy so eat up.
- Honey beats sugar: We can all do with a lot less sweeteners in our foods, but if you have to choose, honey and natural syrups are a healthier choice over processed sugar.
- Feed yourself grass-fed: Whether you’re choosing dairy or meats, products from healthier grass-fed cows and other animals are healthier for you too.
- Go for goat: Speaking of meat, goat meat is more nutritious than beef, low in fat, higher in protein and iron. If you like lamb, you’ll love its chewy cousin.
- Poke rhymes with okay: If you love sushi or even if you don’t, this Hawaiian raw fish salad deserves your attention. Made mostly of mouthwatering cuts of fresh tuna or cooked octopus, seasoned with soy sauce, scallions and sesame oil, it’s high in protein, low in calories and rich in those heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids your doctor is always telling you about.
What are your favourite healthy food trends? Share your ideas and opinions in the Shop Talk Blog community forum!
Did you know? Turmeric is terrific
Long used as a flavourful spice, turmeric is also a free radical scavenger that supports better cognitive function and reduces inflammation. Add it to your recipes and even your juice. (Source)