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Don’t make common eating blunders

Published on 21 Jul. 2011 2:14 AM IST
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In the quest to eat healthy, you may be unwittingly making some common eating blunders. Experts say even some of the most diet-conscious people make these errors. Here’s what you should know...

Are you among those that prefers to buy fruits and vegetables a week in advance?
Keeping them in your fridge robs them of essential nutrients, which are so vital for your body. Instead of stocking up for a week or two, make it a habit to buy fresh vegetables every few days.

Go easy on processed foods.
Processed items generally tend to contain more sodium and saturated fat, and lesser amounts of fibre and essential nutrients. Opt for fresh, wholesome foods. If you absolutely must go for processed foods, choose those that contain whole grains (whole-wheat bread, tortillas and pasta), have no trans fat and are low in saturated fat.

Enjoy eating out?
Keep it to a minimum. The amount of outside food you eat can have a detrimental effect on your health. Homecooked meals are not only made in a cleaner environment, they also tend to be more nutritious. If you must eat out, stick to a routine - eat only one or two meals outside in a week.

If you’re trying to lose weight, having long gaps in-between meals will make it all the more hard to shed those pounds. Plan your meals, so that you never suffer from hunger pangs.

Cook at home.
Always keep a well stocked refrigerator and a pantry. Buy some multipurpose utensils and browse through recipe books. Start with simple soup, pasta, salad and sandwich recipes and gradually move on to more complex dishes.

Peeling certain vegetables and fruits robs them of their nutrients.
Apples and tomatoes should be eaten the way they are. Also, leave a gap of 15-20 minutes after you chop garlic before adding it to your cooking since this increases its cancer-fighting benefits.

Avocado, canola or olive oil with your salad is actually healthy for you, but in moderation.

Don’t abstain completely from avocados, nuts and olives.
They are high in fat and calories , but they’re low in saturated fat. These items contribute smart fats to your diet , and are laden with fibre and phytochemicals.

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