Staying Healthy

06.01.2014 § Leave a comment

The information and news we get about the horrors of the food supply chain have been affecting the way I choose food. I try to cook at home and eat unprocessed food as much as I can. I always thought grains and dried beans were safe, especially rice; it is so pure and delicious—but even rice, which has been my main carbohydrate source, carries concerns. The only safe thing to do is keep a balanced diet. It was true in ancient times but is so much more true now.

Quotes from the FDA blog:

On Sept. 6, FDA announced the results of testing 1,300 samples of arsenic in rice and rice products and found that the arsenic levels in rice do not present an immediate or short-term health risk.

In the meantime, let me repeat FDA’s advice to eat and to serve your family a balanced diet that contains a variety of grains, including wheat, barley and oats.

Nutrition advice from the Mayo Clinic:

Choose whole grains. All types of grains are good sources of carbohydrates. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals and naturally low in fat. But whole grains are healthier choices than are refined grains. Whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. Refined grains go through a process that strips out certain parts of the grain — along with some of the nutrients and fiber.

Don’t forget beans and legumes. Legumes — beans, peas and lentils — are among the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also have beneficial fats, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Because they’re a good source of protein, legumes can be a healthy substitute for meat, which has more saturated fat and cholesterol.

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