Take your food advice with a pinch of salt

Food advice from so-called experts can be confusing some times, can’t it?

Remember last year when we were told a glass of wine with our evening meal was good for us? And now we have some experts telling us that a glass of wine is NOT good for us. So who are we supposed to believe?

My advice is simple – take all such advice with a pinch of salt. And speaking of salt, yes it is OK, and yes, I do use it. Not at the table, but certainly to add flavour and taste when I cook.

‘Everything in moderation’ is the way many of us learnt to eat, and I think that it will always be the right way.

Take fats for instance. With all the talk, you could be forgiven for thinking that all fats are bad for you, but that’s far from the truth. In fact, some fats, like those in milk, are extremely good for you. And all of us need at least some fat in our diet. What we do have to watch out for is consuming too much saturated fat.

Eating too much of anything is not good, and fat is no exception. Foods high in fat are also high in energy. If we don’t burn that off with exercise, we put on weight, which raises the risk of health problems in the future.

Biscuits, butter, cheese and meat all contain saturated fat and we do need to watch how much we consume of these foods. Against this, the fats contained in oily fish, avocados, nuts and olive oil are unsaturated fats and they can, believe it or not, actually help lower blood cholesterol.

So what advice should you take to stay healthy? I think my simple ‘moderation’ rule is the best one to keep in mind. Too much of anything is going to be bad for you, but life is for living, and there’s no harm in allowing yourself a little of what you love. And yes -that includes chocolate too!

Till next time,

Steve

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