Learn To Do Your Own Research About Food: 4 Exclusive Tips

We often hear a lot of food preconceptions, tips, advice, myths and lies that it is so difficult to distinguish the truth. The headers and subtitles say: Don't eat any gluten, drink a cup of coffee every day, coffee causes risk of cancer, drink only water, chocolate is a medical miracle, chocolate will kill you, don't eat anything that is spelled with vowels etc. No worries. We will teach you to make own research on food coneptions, to be totally sure what is good for you. 

I. Marketing and misinformation

First of all, it’s important to learn how to discern the good information from the bad. When you read or see any kind of dietary  or nutrition information, ask yourself "are they trying to sell something straigh away?", "does it promote particular product, program or book?". If the answer is yes, turn on your scepticism. Manufacturers often use healthy lingo regarding the product even if it's not healthy and capitalize on misunderstandings like many people think that gluten is unhealthy for everyone (not just for those with celiac disease) so they put gluten-free labels on most ridiculous procuts like soda, butter or candy.

II. Reading food labels

To get better picture of nutrition value of the product go into food label info. You need to read nutrition facts and ingredients list there. It might be not easy to understand but if you really want to be aware of what you eat, learning to read food labels is a must. To get started, use our guidelines article How to read food labels: buy truly healthy products.

III. Balance and proportions 

When you learned to skip misinformation and read food labels, you will find out how it is easy to eat healthy making own research. All you need to consume foods rich in nutrients moderating protion sizes. There are many great recources that will teach you this. Try some new recipes from our blog like 3 Healthy Meatless Meals With Beans.

IV. Vitamins and minerals 

It could be difficult to track your daily intake of vitamins and minerals if you don't know what you need. For example, did you know that copper is a necessary part of your diet? Copper is an important catalyst for many bodily functions, including your thyroid. But you don’t need to gnaw copper pipes to get it. Small amounts of copper are found in nuts, meats, fish and grains so a balanced diet will get you your daily dose. Don't go for multivitamin. In order to make sure you are getting enough of everything, find a specific guide that will explain what all vitamins and minerals are, where to get them and how much of these you need.

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