Hello Loyal Soup People! This week, let’s talk about moderation. I often hear people say “everything in moderation” when they talk about their approach to food. Unfortunately, science proves that this is actually not the healthiest approach when it comes to your diet. According to a recent study done by Tufts University, people with greater diet diversity had a larger waist circumference and were at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. The study found that this type of eating was linked to a poor diet quality.
To be blunt, potato chips, cookies, and cake play no part in a healthy diet. While I am a fan of thoughtful indulgence, regularly consuming these types of food will only have negative effects on your health. Also, it is very hard for us to eat these types of foods truly in moderation. As I’ve discussed in previous columns, the combination of sugar, fat, and salt can be addictive to many people. As the old Pringles chip commercial used to say, “Betcha can’t eat just one.” It’s true! It is really quite hard for us to eat just one potato chip! If we give ourselves the permission to eat EVERYTHING in moderation, eventually the unhealthy foods overtake the healthier ones. French fries end up on our plate more often than salad.
So, no, not everything in moderation. Foods we know to be unhealthy should limited. We should look for diet diversity when it comes to healthy foods! Like I’ve said before, eat the rainbow when it comes to your vegetables. Look for different types of hearty healthy sources of protein, fiber, and nutrients. Have fun with your healthy foods and mix it up! Leave the dessert and chips for special occasions.
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!