Bacon vs. Salad

by Sarah B. on February 2, 2014 - 10:04pm

Being healthy is such an important issue and what we eat has a big effect on our health. In the article "A one-man mission to change our bad eating habits" published in The Gazette, Jill Barker informs us about the researches of Walter Willett. Willett is known as the best expert in the domain of dietetics. His researches are based on scientific evidences and his objectives are not about the pounds that someone can loose but about the health of that person. According to him, trans fat in food and added sugar in beverages should be consumed in very small quantities.  Sport drinks contain too much calories and they have no benefit. Also, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular problems are related to the high consumption of certain types of food such as red meat, pork, lamb, bacon, white bread, white rice and white pasta. On the opposite, Willett suggest that nuts, beans, fish, olive oil, whole grains and green vegetables be prioritized. Moreover, a diet should not be done during only one year. A good diet should last several years. The type of diet should be chosen according to the person's needs because not every one has the same necessities. To inform even more the population about the need to eat well, Walter Willett created his own food guide.

 

Overall, to increase life expectancy and to reduce diseases, we should learn to eat better and promote this way of life. We also have to educate the future generations and the children by promoting prevention programs in school. Children will therefore be able to make healthy choices. These healthy choses must become a way of life.

 

Original article from The Gazette

By Jill Barker, posted on January 26, 2014

 

Comments

I love your title it's very captivating! And great choice of article! I read this same article last week and thought of summarizing it, but changed my mind in the end. I think the topic is one that is very present, but very important. Our health is super important and we need to watch our eating habits closely, which is why I like this article. Your article is very well written and summarized, but it keeps me wanting more information on the topic. I think you'll love this article: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/world-s-most-cited-nutritionist-debunks-die.... It even comes with a short video of Walter Willett in interview. The article is pertinent because there is great info on calcium and milk consumption!

I agree that it is important to eat healthy and avoid specific foods, However, I believe that it is just our food that is making us unhealthy. Living a healthy lifestyle is not just about the food, it is about everyday decisions. Along with healthy foods there should also be exercise. This should be an important part of everyday life. Too often, our society just focuses on the food as the downfall of our health. However, being healthy should be measured in our lifestyle and happiness. If it means having a “non-healthy” food because it makes you happy, but you are still considered healthy then that’s okay. It’s okay if one does not always eat healthy as long as their life reflects them being happy. This can be done by focusing on then just the food we take in on a daily basis.

In order to be healthy or lose weight you need to create some sort of a routine. Deciding that one day you are going to cut out everything bad and start the celery diet is not exactly realistic. If you are looking to lose weight or get healthier you have to be reasonable with yourself because you are much more likely to stick to something thats easy un line starving yourself. If you are constantly struggling to keep your diet it's likely that it won't last you very long and as Walter Willett suggests, a diet should not be done during only one year. A good diet should last several years. To do so you have to create good habits and a routine you can stick too, Maybe your diet will start with allowing yourself a few occasional cheat meals until you can control your cravings and slowly your diet will consist less and less of them. Another very important part to your routine is to make you that you can make time for some physical activity, maybe not necessarily a gym membership but even going for jogs a few times a week.

many people relate eating healthy to loosing weight, but for those people that are not concerned about loosing weight they don't care what goes in their mouth. I am not over weight and because I'm not conceded about my weight I tempt to eat many unhealthy things. I know as i age signs are going to start showing, but it is hard to change my habits which can conclude that its hard for other to change their habits as well.

Nutrition plays a big role in our overall health and choosing the right types of foods can make our lives much longer. But, unfortunately nutrition is one of the most omitted topics and a lot of the population does not pay attention to it. What we eat determines many things such our physique, health and life's longevity, so we must change our ways of consuming food and especially the types of foods we eat.

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