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How Is Your Nutrition? 6 Healthy Nutrition Tips

In addition to seeing a nutritionist, here are six nutrition tips that will help you stay healthy.

The disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on many people’s eating habits. Studies show that during the pandemic, people ate more snacks, sweets, and processed foods, and drank more alcohol. Are you trying to make healthier choices this year?

Nutritionist Pamela Bonney, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, of Tried and True Nutrition says, “The best advice I can give is to find the nutrition plan that works for you. And the best way to do that is to consult with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for your personalized nutrition evaluation and healthy eating plan to help you achieve optimal nutrition and health outcomes.” 

In addition to seeing a nutritionist, here are six nutrition tips that will help you stay healthy:

  1. When a new study comes out, check the source. Almost every day, a new study comes out about nutrition, and the research often contradicts the results of previous studies. Beware of conflicts of interest that may arise when a study is funded by a company invested in the food industry, and check to see if the author has ties to special interest groups. For reliable information, check trusted health websites.
  2. Beware of new diets and trends. Just because a diet seems to be working for your friend or family member does not mean it’s right for your specific health needs.
  3. Take advantage of technology. Various apps and wearables can help you track your food and drink intake over time, and give you a better understanding of your overall nutrition.
  4. Vitamins are your friends. While vitamins are certainly not a substitute for fruits and vegetables, they can be helpful if medical tests show that you are deficient in certain areas.
  5. Watch out for added sugar. Check the ingredient lists on the food you buy. One study found that 74% of manufactured foods have added sugar. Sometimes it’s disguised under other names such as high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, rice syrup, and dextrose.
  6. Go organic when possible. While the verdict is still out regarding the health benefits of eating organic foods, one large study found that eating organic foods is associated with a reduction in cancer risk.

If you have questions about your nutrition, want help finding a great nutritionist, or need guidance on other health-related issues, reach out to an expert health advisor.

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