The 73 million Americans who live by themselves need to make sure they’re getting their essential vitamins, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). Because singles tend to cook fewer of their own meals, they’re more likely to eat out often and eat too much, or skip meals altogether, rather than going through the trouble of making a nutritious meal for one.
People appear to be eating better as adults than they did as children, including consuming twice the amount of fruits and vegetables and less fat and sugar, according to a research study at Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre.
The study involved 200 subjects in the United Kingdom who, as children ages 11 to 12, kept detailed food diaries and answered questions about their diets. Twenty years later, those same subjects again turned over food journals and answers pertaining to diet.
No doubt you’ve heard the statistics: At least one American child in five is overweight. The percentage of overweight children has more than doubled since 1970.
And it’s painfully clear that much of the American lifestyle isn’t conducive to providing kids with healthful foods and opportunities to exercise.
New dietary guidelines recently put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture suggest Americans should eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains. Published every five years, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 acknowledges that most Americans are overweight, but that obesity can be curbed by the consumption of 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and at least three servings of grains (whole wheat, oats, or brown rice).
Using a good sunscreen, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep goes a long way towards promoting healthy skin, but for a complexion that really glows, a healthy dose of essential fatty acids (EFAs) is, well, essential. These good fats are key players in the conversion of food to energy, the transfer of oxygen to cells, and the production of hormone-like prostaglandins, which guard against conditions such as inflammation, cancer, and heart disease. But their primary function is maintaining the liquid barrier surrounding all the cells of the body, including those of the skin.
Eating breakfast can result in fewer total calories for the day, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Researchers at the University of Texas in El Paso analyzed the weekly food diaries of nearly 900 adults. They consistently found that when more calories were eaten in the morning, calorie intake for the entire day was less in those subjects who skipped breakfast. And the more calories consumed in the evening, the larger the daily calorie intake.
Farmer’s markets are closing their doors, your garden is being put to bed for the winter and road-side fruit stands are packing up their wares. Yet, now is not the time to relinquish your desire for fresh fruits to the winter doldrums. Even though you may not be able to pick a fresh strawberry from your own backyard planting or buy a bushel of apples from your local farmer, incorporating fruits into your winter health regimen will lighten dreary days and keep you and your spirits healthy.