Good Nutrition Benefits and Facts
Many Americans consume more calories than they need without meeting recommended intakes for good nutrition. This circumstance means that most people need to choose meals and snacks that are high in nutrients but low to moderate in energy content; that is, meeting good nutritional recommendations must go hand in hand with keeping calories under control. Doing so offers important good nutrition benefits, normal growth and development of children, health promotion for people of all ages, and reduction of risk for a number of chronic diseases that are major public health problems.
One of the many public health issues which can be remediated by proper nutrition is Lead Poisoning. Read more on that subject here.
You CAN afford a healthy diet.
Sometimes the cheapest foods are the least healthy. But a little planning can help ensure that good nutrition fits your budget. Try these tips from the U.S. government and a Harvard dietician:
- Planning a week's worth of meals ahead of time will let you make the best use of what you buy.
- Making a list and eating before you shop can prevent unhealthy impulse purchases.
- You probably shop sales, buy in bulk and use coupons now. Comparing unit prices on store shelves will also help you pick the best values.
- Vegetables and fruits cost less in season. Check out prices at farmers' markets, too. Off-season, frozen veggies may be a good option.
- Convenience costs more. You'll save a lot if you do your own chopping and cooking.
- Meat will stretch further in stews or casseroles. Beans are also a great foundation for healthy, low-cost meals.
This material is provided by the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program with funding from USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income.
Healthy Foods in a SNAP!