What to eat and not eat over the holidays What to eat and not eat over the holidays

What to eat and not eat over the holidays

Current living 2 January, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

An article at the Harvard Health webpage encourages people to try to eat foods that are low in fat, salt and sugar this holiday season.

A registered dietitian at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, Debbie Krivitsky, explains that while it is not about completely depriving yourself, it is important to know your limits and use moderation.

“Go for salsa, hummus, and dips made with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Try lean protein sources such as fish, turkey, fruit, and veggies. Think baked, not fried, and spices, yogurt, or lemon juice instead of sauce,” the article states.

Keep in mind

Fatty foods are commonly found on the table during the holidays, but they often have a high saturated fat content, which increases the risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. They are also high in calories.

The article also emphasizes how salty foods abound in buffets – found in processed meats such as ham and bacon, as well as gravies, soups, crackers, and chips. Large amounts of salt may cause high blood pressure and cause people to have strokes.

One way to stay healthy during this season is to substitute these foods for ones that are low in fat, salt and sugar. This will also significantly reduce your calorie intake, allowing you to enjoy bigger and healthier portions.

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