Your daily meals are a reflection of your eating preferences and habits.
Perhaps over lunch or dinner you have seen people push their vegetables off to the side of their plate and instead go for the meat. These people are part of a group referred to as “selective eaters:” people who limit what they eat to certain types of foods.
In a study conducted by the Duke Center for Eating Disorders in the United States, a link was established among a group of preschool-age children between eating disorders and emotional problems. Psychologist and lead researcher, Nancy Zucker (referenced by the New York Times “Well Blog”), found that the survey’s 2,600 adults that considered themselves to be selective eaters began their eating habits during childhood. Included in the list of foods they avoided were of course vegetables, and a group of people was also identified that preferred bland foods or smoothies.
While the relationship between eating and emotional problems continues to be a topic of research, nutritionists advocate balance: eating all types of foods, but in moderation. To prevent noncommunicable diseases, WHO recommends eating at least five pieces or portions of fruits and vegetables a day, especially to make sure you are getting enough fiber.
In fact, aside from just including fruits in your diet, the recommendation is to eat them “…au naturel. Smoothies and juices have become increasingly popular however. While these are ways you can consume them for their vitamins, we mustn’t forget the fiber, which helps slow down the digestion and absorption of fats and carbohydrates, preventing the increase of glucose and cholesterol in your blood,” explains Martha Lucía Calera Quintero. Learn more about the properties of different types of fruits in this article: Fruit for healthy bodies.
A strategy for getting to know your eating habits:
Keeping a food journal can be a way to discover your daily eating habits. Take note of the amounts you eat and write in detail about them for over a month in order to identify your most common practices. You can then take this information to your doctor.