Eating Greens or Reds

by Erica B. San Diego, DECEMBER 2021

The holiday season is approaching, Noche Buena and Media Noche are knocking already. Different food and drinks will be one of the main attractions this season. Let us be reminded that staying fit and healthy is the best gift that we can have.

GREENS

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Everyone knows green veggies are a must in any healthy diet — the phrase “eat your greens” has been drilled into many people since childhood. “The color green is associated with vitamins and a host of health-promoting phytochemicals,” says Christine M. Palumbo, RDN, an award-winning Chicago-area registered dietitian and nutrition expert.

“Green vegetables, particularly leafy greens, supply vitamin c, folate, calcium, iron, and other nutrients, although the amounts vary by the type of green,” adds Palumbo.

Even if you’re not a fan of dark-green produce (though it’s worth giving it another try!) you can still reap tons of health benefits from a variety of green veggies, fruits, and other foods you should be eating — but probably aren’t.

REDS

Red, Meat, and poultry contain protein, which is important for growth and development, and other nutrients your body needs, such as iodine, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12.

Avoid processed meats to minimize your intake of salt and saturated fat. On the one hand, choose lean cuts of meat and poultry and follow the recommended serving size. Make sure you cook and store meat and poultry safely.

On the other hand, while it can be unhealthy to eat too much fatty red meat, lean red meat doesn’t raise your cholesterol and contains nutrients like protein, vitamin B12, iron, niacin, and zinc.

Advice about how much meat to eat can be confusing – eat enough but don’t eat too much. Better think twice before indulging, either go for green or red?

Sources:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition-pictures/12-amazingly-good-for-you-green-foods.aspx

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/Meat-and-poultry

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-about-meat

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About the writer:

Erica B. San Diego. Handling Corporate and Government Benefits for MPT South, Cavitex, and CCLEC. A brand new MOM, PATIENT and Empathetic.

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