Can you take the problems posed by too much variety in our food — the last Smart Bytes® topic — and turn them around to make healthy eating and a healthy weight easier?
Yes! Whether for improving what kids or adults eat, research shows that smart use of the right kind of variety can lead to healthier eating. Let’s explore some options you might try out to see how healthy eating may be more doable than you realize.
If antioxidant “scores” no longer define healthy food choices as some once thought, what’s the take-home message if you want to know realistic ways that your eating choices can make a difference in promoting good health? The science keeps getting more complicated, but as you’ll hear in Part Three of my video interview with Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman, the take-home points that research currently supports can be reined in to focus on a few core doable eating habits.
Dr. Burton-Freeman is Director of the Center for Nutrition Research at the Institute for Food Safety and Health, Illinois Institute of Technology; and Associate Researcher in the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis.
In Part One of our interview, she explained the evolving science – that compounds formerly of interest as antioxidants are of more interest than ever for potential to promote health. BUT aiming for ever-higher levels of antioxidant-specific function is not the key to these benefits. In Part Two we looked at how scientists are still putting together the pieces of laboratory and human studies to understand how polyphenol and other phytochemicals may reduce risk of several chronic diseases without acting as antioxidants. Now, in Part Three, we’ll look at the big picture view of the latest research and what steps make sense as the focus of healthy eating.
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After viewing the video, read on for ideas about what today’s research means to you.