Balance in Diet

Friday, March 21, 2014

Eating a variety of foods is essential to get all the nutrients your body needs. Dr. Edward Hill tells us some ways to get the most out of the foods we eat in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Balance, variety and moderation are an important recipe when youre choosing foods to fuel your body.

Mix up your menu with nutrient-rich foods that help you get through the day. No single food provides every nutrient you need.

Fiber up. Make your sandwich with whole wheat, seven-grain or oatmeal bread.

Pump iron. Most people, including an estimated 75 percent of females, are not meeting their dietary requirements for iron. Pump up your iron intake with one of natures best sources, beef.

Zap that next bug. Zinc plays a vital role in the maintenance of the immune system. A three-ounce serving of beef provides 40 percent of the daily value for zinc, the same amount of chicken provides just 6 percent.

Add to your foods color palette. Eat colorful fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, mangoes, carrots, blueberries and squash. The deeper the colors, the more nutrients they contain.

Think of fat as a balancing act. Enjoy all foodsjust balance high-fat and low-fat options over time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.