Thursday, March 20, 2014

The latest buzz word is “eating clean,” . ..

The latest buzz word is “eating clean,” . ..
What is Clean Eating? By Jessica Cox, RD, Culinary Nutritionist
Clean Eating is a dietary lifestyle that is whole, natural foods while reducing highly processed foods and chemicals and preservatives in your diet. A clean eating approach focuses on nutrient-dense foods, giving you the most nutrition bang for each calorie, and is intended to be in line with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
What’s included: Fresh fruits and vegetables (e.g., Leafy greens, carrots, apples, berries)
Whole grains (e.g., whole wheat flour, oatmeal, brown rice)
Lean proteins (e.g., lean meats, beans, legumes)
Low-fat dairy products (e.g., 1% or skim milk, low fat yogurt, cheeses)
Healthy fats in moderation (e.g., avocados, olive oil, canola oil).
What avoided/limited: Refined grains (e.g., white flour, white rice, white bread), Added sugars (e.g., Sodas, energy drinks, baked goods, desserts), Packaged and highly processed foods (e.g.,snack foods like chips and crackers, convenience products, and canned sauces), Alcohol.
Even clean eating is NOT a diet but it is a lifestyle choice. Clean eating is not a new concept, as a matter of fact clean eating has been around for quite some time.
"Clean Eating" dates back to the natural health food movement of the 1960's, which shunned processed foods for the sake of moral and societal values (rather than health and nutrition issues). Eventually it landed in gyms, where it gained momentum among body builders and fitness models. Recently, however, it made the jump into mainstream America, rejuvenating and inspiring a new generation of healthy eaters.
When someone makes the choice to eat "clean" they are choosing to eliminate all processed foods and extra additives from their diet. Basically, you are choosing to eat whole, unrefined foods. Also
Eating clean combines three aspects of healthy eating: overall nutrition; emphasis on unprocessed foods; and healthy food preparation.

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